San Diego & Surrounding Areas

  (619) 642-2050

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

Includes an examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours when arranged (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$375
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$450

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$225
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$275

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered out to sea. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Brian

Brian Jochems

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Kansas City, Missouri, I immediately connected with the natural world around me, and particularly with the fellow creatures we inhabit it with. My first pet was a dachshund named Lucky, and although our family soon experienced an influx of dachshunds, Lucky definitely played a large role in my path towards veterinary medicine.

I spent 8 formative years at the University of Missouri, in which triathlon racing, sand volleyball, exotic and zoo animal care, and global travel all found a way to transition into my life, but the heart and soul of my time at the University centered around veterinary medicine. It was during these years that I also faced the loss of my beloved Lucky, and that I came to appreciate the impact our pets have on our life. I’ve been fortunate to share life’s journey with a variety of other animal companions over the years, and each of them has had their own special and unique impact on who I am today.

Following graduation, I moved to San Diego, California, and started work in both general and emergency veterinary practices. Amidst the sunshine, beaches, hiking, and quality time I get to spend with my own personal cat, I enjoyed the opportunity to serve many pets and help continue to keep them happy and healthy. I also quickly realized that some of the most impactful moments I get to share with a pet and their family is during the end of life process. It was this realization that led me to Lap of Love.

Our animal companions consistently offer us unconditional love and undivided attention, no matter what obstacles or challenges we face in our life. Honoring that dedication and special bond with an equally impactful end of life experience is what I strive to offer through our services here at Lap of Love. While I may never fully comprehend how much your pet has meant to you, I promise you that I will do my all to ensure their final moments with you are ones that you can cherish forever.

Dr. Lauren

Lauren Chapman

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. Initially, my focus was not veterinary medicine, but I realized my calling after I found myself spending more time at the local animal shelter. Although I was pursuing a finance degree when I started, I quickly changed my major and never looked back.  I went on to earn my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in animal sciences and veterinary medicine, respectively.

After graduation, my internship year was spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I went on to practice emergency and general medicine in Sacramento and San Diego for six years. After losing my own Irish Setter, Molly, to cancer I found a passion in hospice and palliative care. That passion took me to Lap of Love. I’m honored to serve the area as a mobile hospice veterinarian. I have always felt that pets are most comfortable at home with family and friends, so I feel grateful to be able to provide this gift to the wonderful pets and their families in San Diego.

Dr. Sean

Sean McFly

I was raised in Florida and always had animals around growing up.  For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a voice for those that could not speak. The natural progression of that was caring for various animals. Adopting different kinds of wildlife and helping them back to health is what guided me towards a career working with animals.

Before deciding to go to veterinary school, I worked as a rhino keeper in Florida, a veterinary technician in New York City, and a marine mammal observer in Hawaii. I left Hawaii to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, I returned home to Hawaii to begin a career in emergency medicine.

Working as an emergency veterinarian forced me to confront the reality of loss on a daily basis.  I quickly learned that being there for families during their loved one's last moments was something that was probably the most important part of my job as a veterinarian. The struggle to make the decision of when to say goodbye will always be the most challenging part of that relationship between human and non-human loved one. It is my privilege to be there for families during this difficult time.

About Brian Jochems

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Kansas City, Missouri, I immediately connected with the natural world around me, and particularly with the fellow creatures we inhabit it with. My first pet was a dachshund named Lucky, and although our family soon experienced an influx of dachshunds, Lucky definitely played a large role in my path towards veterinary medicine.

I spent 8 formative years at the University of Missouri, in which triathlon racing, sand volleyball, exotic and zoo animal care, and global travel all found a way to transition into my life, but the heart and soul of my time at the University centered around veterinary medicine. It was during these years that I also faced the loss of my beloved Lucky, and that I came to appreciate the impact our pets have on our life. I’ve been fortunate to share life’s journey with a variety of other animal companions over the years, and each of them has had their own special and unique impact on who I am today.

Following graduation, I moved to San Diego, California, and started work in both general and emergency veterinary practices. Amidst the sunshine, beaches, hiking, and quality time I get to spend with my own personal cat, I enjoyed the opportunity to serve many pets and help continue to keep them happy and healthy. I also quickly realized that some of the most impactful moments I get to share with a pet and their family is during the end of life process. It was this realization that led me to Lap of Love.

Our animal companions consistently offer us unconditional love and undivided attention, no matter what obstacles or challenges we face in our life. Honoring that dedication and special bond with an equally impactful end of life experience is what I strive to offer through our services here at Lap of Love. While I may never fully comprehend how much your pet has meant to you, I promise you that I will do my all to ensure their final moments with you are ones that you can cherish forever.

"I highly recommend Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. If I had to describe Lap of Love in three words, my words would be kindness, compassion and understanding.

Today I said good bye to my Stitchy Bear after almost 17 years. He was my first baby and saw me through many difficult times. At 0200 this morning his condition rapidly started deteriorating. He was having pain bouts every 15-30 minutes and pacing in circles. His normal vet was closed since this was before normal business hours. The Vet ERs have been packed since COVID started with long waits. My Stitch needed immediate attention to end his suffering.

My care coordinator, Angie, listened to Stitch’s circumstances with empathy and compassion. She also helped me make peace with my decision. Angie was able to find an appointment within two hours so as not to prolong Stitch’s pain.

The vet who attended Stitch in his final hour was Dr. Brian Jochems and he came to our home so that Stitch would be comfortable. We laid out one of Stitch’s favorite blankets on the grass in front of our home. Dr Brian’s joined us in softly petting Stitch while he quietly explaining the process.

We were given time to say our goodbye as the sedative was administered. Stitch’s pain subsided immediately and his whole body relaxed. We petted him, kissed him and thanked him for all the love he had brought us through the years. Dr Brian took a paw print for us and a lock of hair as keepsakes. Once, we were ready, he administered the final drug. Our other five dogs started barking as Stitch took his last breath.

After we brought his three sisters and brother out two say goodbye. My husband then placed Stitch in a basket so that Dr. Brian could take him for cremation.

Dr Brian was compassionate and very kind. He seem to know exactly when the right moment was at each step in the process. He offered words of comfort.

Overall I would say that on one of the worst days of my life, I am glad that there are people like Angie and Dr Brian to help.

Thank you,

Christina Mahon

San Diego, Ca"

Christina Mahon
San Diego, California

"Thank you for helping us during this difficult time. You and the staff at Lap of Love have made this process much more meaningful. I appreciate all you guys do. Thank you."

Charlene Cesena
Lakeside, California

"Dr. Sean helped us through a very difficult time. He was nothing but understanding, respectful, gracious and kind. His calming presence made a very painful experience a bit easier to bear. We needed him to come earlier than our planned time since our sweet Tortie was suffering and needed helping passing sooner. He made himself available and we greatly appreciate him accommodating us. We are thankful he was there to help Tortie pass over. We strongly recommend him to anyone."

Lolita & Reynan Soriano
San Diego, California

"Greetings,

My wife and I wanted to express our gratitude to Dr. Sean, who was with us yesterday when our beloved, 14 year-old kitty, Inka, passed. Dr. Sean was so skilled and kind. He explained everything in detail. We're at a loss for words right now, but just wanted to say how thankful we are to have received Dr. Sean's help and guidance through the process. Thanks to Dr. Sean's efforts, we were able to say goodbye to our beloved friend and family member at home. Inka got to spend her last moments in a safe place, where she often likes to hang out--on our bed taking up too much space, LOL.

Thank you, Dr. Sean!

Sincerely,

Don Barrie and Naomi Lake"

Don Barrie
San Diego, California

"Dr. Lauren Chapman was the calming voice during a very difficult time. She came into my house and got to know both me, my sister, Bogie, and my other cat Bentley. The whole process never felt rushed. Everything was very peaceful and just like Bogie would have wanted, at home surrounded by love. Having a paw print and a lock of fur was so special to me. Dr. Chapman also followed up with me in an e-mail and card in the mail to make sure I was cooping with the loss and to say she was thinking of me. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Chapman."

Steffanie Bartholme
San Diego, California

"I had to make the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life’s dream that was letting my 13 year old English Bulldog be put to rest. From the initial first call I was a complete wreck. From start to the end of my best friends life I felt the compassion from Lap of Love. Dr. Chapman was so kind and could see the bond me and my Milo had. She showed him respect and care in his passing. I would not have done it any other way. Thank you all for your the work you do in making a very difficult time a little easier on those of us who have to let go."

Sharon Clark
Chula Vista, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (858) 560-8006

VCA Animal Specialty Group - Kearny Mesa

  (619) 299-7012

San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support

  (619) 299-2400

VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center

Pet Loss Support Group

  (760) 436-6798

San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program - Cardiff

  (858) 875-7500

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego - Sorrento Valley

  (858) 909-0009

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group

  (760) 291-8510

VCA California Veterinary Specialists

Pet Loss Support Group

  (858) 566-3333

Pet Loss Counseling - Meg Kaufman, Licensed MFCC

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly service all of San Diego County, including Escondido and Oceanside. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“My prayer for you-

O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. Stitch, who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. Stitch’s happy times in our family’s embrace have come to an end. We miss Stitch already.

Help us, to remember the good times with Stitch. Remind us to rejoice in the happy times he brought to our home. Let ...
Christina Mahon
October 20, 2020
“Jack (the bubs) was the best companion anyone could ever ask for. The house will just never be the same without him. We love you so much Jack and you will never be forgotten.”
Charlene Cesena
October 15, 2020
“My beautiful Tortie, I fell in love with you the first time I met you. You crawled onto the futon with me while I was sleeping that night, and crawled right into my heart, looking at me and purring with those big green eyes. When I adopted you, I had never cared for a pet on my own and made a lot of mistakes. In the beginning, I didn't feed you ...
Lolita & Reynan Soriano
October 9, 2020
“Bogie, you were small but so incredibly loving. Your loud Siamese meow and constant snuggles warmed the hearts of many. The hole in my heart after your passing is large, but knowing you had a beautiful, long life full of 20 years of memories makes it a little bit easier. You always knew when I was sad, upset and just needed some Bogie cuddles. ...
Steffanie Bartholme
September 25, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 153891
San Diego, California 92195

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