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

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. 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 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. Chapman.... Thank you!!

You made it so peaceful.... for our angel."

Raymundo Roldan
SAN Diego, California

"Dr. Sean,

How do you say thank you for something like this, but I'm going to try.

Our sweet Kora went from healthy to gone from us in no more than three weeks. We worried we were doing the right thing, but you helped us understand this was best for her.

Your kindness to us and Kora will never be forgotten. You treated Kora with the dignity of a human in every step of the process. I truly believe you took good care of her.

Thank you for what you do for us and our beloved pets."

Julianne Siddle
El Cajon, California

"Saying goodbye to our loyal furry family members is never easy. So, saying goodbye to our precious little Kiwi was going to be incredibly difficult after the many years of unconditional love and joy she brought to our family. However, thanks to Dr. Lauren, this incredibly difficult day was transformed into a loving experience that allowed us all to say goodbye in the comfort of Kiwi's home. From the very beginning, Dr. Lauren helped to put us all at ease with her professionalism and kindness. From beginning to end, Dr. Lauren helped our family through the process by calmly and empathetically explaining each step in the process. She patiently allowed us space to grieve and to say goodbye while she professionally went about doing what she needed to. Never once did we feel rushed, confused or uncomfortable through the process. Dr. Lauren ensured that this difficult situation be moved through with patience and compassion, and for that we cannot thank her, or recommend her enough."

Terese Moak
San Diego, California

"Today is the first time I've had "at home" euthanasia. Dr. Sean came over and thoroughly prepared me for what was going to happen throughout the procedure. He was so kind and gentle with my Molly. Molly and I were together for 16 years. It's so strange that she's not here anymore. Experiencing the kindness and relaxation Dr. Sean provided, I will continue to have in-home euthanasia (if needed) with Lap of Love. Dr. Sean made this horrible process tolerable. Thank you so much Dr. Sean. I can't say enough about your kindness."

Melanie C
Santee, California

"6/18/20 we received devastating news that our Mrs. Beasley was very ill and going to pass quickly. She was just starting to be in pain. We were directed to Lap of Love in home end of Life Compassionate Care for Pets. I called the same day and set up her profile at office while I could talk . I knew when the time came I would not be able to do so. The time came early 6/20/20 and Dr.

Sean McFly arrived, Mrs. Beasley did her last job and still got up to greet him with her last energy. We all gathered around her talked and petted and reminisced before the process began. Dr. Sean felt like part of our family at this time we were not hurried,

Nor embarrassed by our grief. We could not have prayed for a better transition for our love bug, actually for all of us. Thanks

Dr. Sean

,"

Cindy Frey
San Diego, California

"I was really going back in forth in my mind of how to care best for my cat. When we made that decision, Dr. Laura Chapman was there with a kind and gentle soul. She helped our little lady be comfortable and at ease in her transition to a more peaceful place. I have so much gratitude for her and how she helped us during this difficult time. She really is special and she holds a special place in our hearts for how she took care of our cute girl."

Rachel Earle
San Diego, 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
“Oh sweet Kora Sue!
We weren't counting on losing you so young. You were only with us 5 years, 9 months, and 10 days, which wasn't near enough time to love you. You were an angel sent to us and we will never forget you.

You were a part of our family, my walking buddy, and dad's wrestling partner. You worried about us when we were upset or ...
Julianne Siddle
July 27, 2020
“Our sweet polydactyl Cali, AKA Calzone or Fonzie Thumbs. You were our loving companion for 15 great years. You were always there to snuggle and cheer us up during difficult times. You loved to be by our side. Cali always found a way to make us smile and laugh. We miss you dearly our sweet little one. Cali, you will forever be in our hearts.”
Rachel Earle
June 17, 2020
“Lola Grace our muffin head, gracie goose- was a funny fur baby. She was our eternal toddler with silly antics that made us laugh and huff in exasperation. Lola was kind to anyone who came into our home. She welcomed other animals; gladly licking the kitties and visitors knees clean. She loved giving kisses. She never begged but would wait ...
Samantha Yoro
June 7, 2020
“You have been by my side for 15 years.I miss you so much words cant express.I miss you sitting by me in the kitchen while i cook,i miss your big bright eyes looking at me and asking for a snack.i miss your little body next to me ,your snoring,your little ritual of waking up ....You have taken a piece of me and left a huge void.Pain will never go ...
Katarina Ake
June 2, 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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