Silicon Valley and Surrounding Areas

  (408) 412-0134

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from January 17th - 24th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

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

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

Includes a brief 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.

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 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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 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 in a private location with no visitation. 

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

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from January 17th - 24th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

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 4 am - 8 pm. 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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Jeni

Jeni Goedken

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs as the daughter of a veterinarian and nurse, compassion for animals and the art of medicine surrounded me. I knew from a young age that my life’s desire was to be a veterinarian. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biology, I remained at the University of Illinois and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Several years later, I moved to the San Jose area with my family.

Throughout my veterinary career, I have worked in a wide variety of disciplines.  I have been a general practitioner in a traditional clinical setting, a solo shelter veterinarian, a curriculum developer for a veterinary assistant program, a state veterinary board inspector and expert witness, and a house-call veterinarian.

When it was time for my beloved cat, Bogie, to gain his angel wings, I didn’t want to stress him out by bringing him into the clinic. Instead, I helped him pass in our backyard on a beautiful summer night on my husband’s lap, gobbling down as many treats as he wanted. While there is nothing that can take away the heartbreak of letting him go, I grieve with a feeling of serenity because I know I gave him a transition free from fear and anxiety.

I find it rewarding to guide families through providing comfort and quality of life to their pets in the security of their home. Giving a grieving pet parent a final peaceful memory of their loved one is a sacred honor. It is a privilege to witness the strongest instance of the human-animal bond during one of the most delicate moments of life.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, twin boys, and our spoiled rescue pug mix, Rufus. I have a passion for volunteering at the twins’ school and in our community. When I am not at the boys’ baseball field, you can find me cheering on both the Chicago and Bay Area sports teams.

About Jeni Goedken

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs as the daughter of a veterinarian and nurse, compassion for animals and the art of medicine surrounded me. I knew from a young age that my life’s desire was to be a veterinarian. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biology, I remained at the University of Illinois and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Several years later, I moved to the San Jose area with my family.

Throughout my veterinary career, I have worked in a wide variety of disciplines.  I have been a general practitioner in a traditional clinical setting, a solo shelter veterinarian, a curriculum developer for a veterinary assistant program, a state veterinary board inspector and expert witness, and a house-call veterinarian.

When it was time for my beloved cat, Bogie, to gain his angel wings, I didn’t want to stress him out by bringing him into the clinic. Instead, I helped him pass in our backyard on a beautiful summer night on my husband’s lap, gobbling down as many treats as he wanted. While there is nothing that can take away the heartbreak of letting him go, I grieve with a feeling of serenity because I know I gave him a transition free from fear and anxiety.

I find it rewarding to guide families through providing comfort and quality of life to their pets in the security of their home. Giving a grieving pet parent a final peaceful memory of their loved one is a sacred honor. It is a privilege to witness the strongest instance of the human-animal bond during one of the most delicate moments of life.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, twin boys, and our spoiled rescue pug mix, Rufus. I have a passion for volunteering at the twins’ school and in our community. When I am not at the boys’ baseball field, you can find me cheering on both the Chicago and Bay Area sports teams.

"Dear Dr Jeni,

My family and I don’t know how to thank you enough. I’m so incredibly grateful that my sweet baby was handled with so much care. I will always remember you and how great you are at doing what you do. I know Muñeca was comfy here at home and you made it so easy for her. I miss her so much but I know she’s happy up in puppy heaven. Thank you again for your amazing work and for making us feel so comfortable too. You made this experience a lot easier for us and we wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are an amazing person <3"

Kenya Valles
San Jose, California

"Thank you Dr. Jeni for everything! You made our very difficult experience so much easier. I really appreciated your patience and caring during our time with you. Thank you also for your kind words in particular about Daizy and our bond with her. We’ll never forget our experience with you!!"


San Jose, California

"Hi Dr. Jeni,

I just wanted to thank you for making our last moments with Our little Sophie so beautiful. You were so thoughtful about everything. Thank you for taking time to reassure/ explain to my grand daughters about the process. That meant so much to me. You made an extra paw print for each of them, I know they will treasure. Also placing Little Sophie in the comfy basket with the blanket, she looked so peaceful. Sophie was surrounded by love, at her home that she loved, as she crossed the rainbow bridge.

I will FOREVER be grateful ,

Leona"

Leona Simao
Newark, California

"We first spoke with Lap of Love a few months prior to our precious Smitty’s passing. We knew the time was coming for him and certainly wanted to keep him with us as long as possible. It was comforting to speak with them and know their service would be there when the time came. Smitty let us know he was ready one morning when he was struggling to breathe, and we’d done everything from meds to ultrasounds to specialists for 3 years, we knew he was telling us it’s time. After calling Lap of Love sobbing our eyes out, Dr. Jeni Goedken was able to come to his aid within only a few hours. He actually wagged his little tail when he saw her, something he had not done for a while! Dr. Jeni made us & Smitty feel comforted throughout this emotional, heart wrenching moment as she talked us through every step she would take, and she gave us time between each step to have with our baby. We had our little guy from a 3 month pup to his 14+ years and we feel so grateful that he could pass peacefully, in the comfort of his own home and bed, in our arms while we told him how much we loved him. Many tears, and much thanks to Dr. Jeni and Lap of Love for making this moment as special as Smitty deserved it to be. XOXOXO"

Lisa Kwesell
San Mateo, California

"Thank you Dr. Jeni -

I just can’t believe how wonderful that process was. The way you explained everything and gave us time and space to love her. It was so peaceful.

Thank you for sharing a special family moment with us, and making it beautiful.

The Brands"

Andrea Brand
Campbell, California

"Thank you Dr Jeni.

I very much appreciate all the care and support you have shared with us.

Roxy’s transition was beautiful and after seeing her suffer so much, it brought so much solace knowing her last conscious memory is being with us, loved and taken care."

Lea Cuniberti-Duran
Redwood City, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (408) 343-7243

SAGE - Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care - Campbell

  (650) 771-2707

Humane Society of Silicon Valley Companion Animal Loss Support Group - Milpitas

  (650) 948-9661

Adobe Animal Hospital - Los Altos

  (650) 931-8535

SAGE Pet Caregiver Support Group - Campbell

  (408) 578-5622

United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency - San Jose

  (650) 931-8535

SAGE Pet Caregiver Support Group - Redwood City

  (650) 417-7243

SAGE Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care - Redwood City

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarian proudly serves all of Silicon Valley. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“I'm sorry I wasn't able to give you more years of safety, Buddy. You deserved so many more days of soft beds, bowls of treats, and cans of salmon. Thanks for picking us, for trusting us and for loving us. I'll miss you very much and will hold you in my heart always. 💗”
Eileen Wade
October 16, 2020
“Cash loved going to the beach and went to many lakes in California and Nevada. He would get his feet and belly wet though he was not fond of swimming. He loved being in the warm sun and hopping around the rocks. Most all he loved being with his family.”
October 8, 2020
“From mom:
Had to say goodbye yesterday to my best kitty friend in the whole wide world, Abby.

I remember our first night in my Stockton apartment together as a kitten, you were cuddled up next to me in my bed, I told you “the only person you have to love is me, no one else” and you did just that for 15 great years girl. You eventually let ...
Katie Hutchings
September 26, 2020
“Today, June 19th, at 10:12 a.m. my sweet pup, who was held in my arms, went on to heaven. We had a full circle experience together. He stayed gazing into my eyes as he crossed over similar to how he stared into my eyes the entire way home after he decided I was the right companion for him. I am so grateful to Lap of Love and the vet, Dr. Jeni, who ...
Brenna Rodriguez
June 20, 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 3003
Saratoga, California 95070

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