Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$350

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$350

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 19 pounds$200
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$240
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$280
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$320
Pets 125 pounds or more - call for
pricing
Mailing of urn to your home or office$25

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cedar 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 your home or office for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 19 pounds$100
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175
Pets 125 pounds or more - call for
pricing

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 at sea by Ocean Defenders. 

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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Spitzer, DVM

I grew up in New York with Great Danes who were part of the family and although my family was full of doctors and nurses, I (unlike most veterinarians) had not considered veterinary medicine as a career.  After graduating from Harvard College, I worked at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C, assisting the research and conservation staff.  There I found myself increasingly drawn to what the veterinarians were doing and eventually left the zoo and went to work for a mixed animal vet who worked with dairy cattle, horses, dogs and cats.  I knew I had found what I was meant to do.

After graduating from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, I fled to the warm weather of Southern California, married a native Californian, and settled in to small animal practice.  After my daughter was born, I began to work part-time for a housecall practice.  There I discovered how peaceful at-home euthanasia could be.  The anxiety and discomfort that sometimes accompanies moving a very ill animal could be eliminated and the euthanasia itself could be tailored to the unique needs of each family.  Having had to say good-bye to several dogs and cats I have shared my life which has made me keenly aware of how difficult a decision euthanasia is. I recognize how fortunate I have been to be able to be able to provide at-home hospice care and euthanasia for my own special pets, and would like to be able to provide that service for others.

My hope is that providing hospice care will extend the quality time a pet and his/her family can enjoy together. When it is time for euthanasia, I would like to make the experience as peaceful and stress free as possible, so that it’s more about appreciating the family bond and the time shared with your pet than just about loss.  

About Jessica Spitzer, DVM

I grew up in New York with Great Danes who were part of the family and although my family was full of doctors and nurses, I (unlike most veterinarians) had not considered veterinary medicine as a career.  After graduating from Harvard College, I worked at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C, assisting the research and conservation staff.  There I found myself increasingly drawn to what the veterinarians were doing and eventually left the zoo and went to work for a mixed animal vet who worked with dairy cattle, horses, dogs and cats.  I knew I had found what I was meant to do.

After graduating from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, I fled to the warm weather of Southern California, married a native Californian, and settled in to small animal practice.  After my daughter was born, I began to work part-time for a housecall practice.  There I discovered how peaceful at-home euthanasia could be.  The anxiety and discomfort that sometimes accompanies moving a very ill animal could be eliminated and the euthanasia itself could be tailored to the unique needs of each family.  Having had to say good-bye to several dogs and cats I have shared my life which has made me keenly aware of how difficult a decision euthanasia is. I recognize how fortunate I have been to be able to be able to provide at-home hospice care and euthanasia for my own special pets, and would like to be able to provide that service for others.

My hope is that providing hospice care will extend the quality time a pet and his/her family can enjoy together. When it is time for euthanasia, I would like to make the experience as peaceful and stress free as possible, so that it’s more about appreciating the family bond and the time shared with your pet than just about loss.  

"Our furboy was slipping away from us due to lymphoma. We had 15 years together and I was having a hard time letting him go. There was no way I was putting him in the dreaded box and taking him on a car trip to our vet, as kind and wonderful as she is. I wanted him to go while at home surrounded by his family. Dr. Spitzer was highly recommended to us. When she arrived, We immediately felt her love and compassion for him. Clearly, this is not just a job to her. She was gentle and caring with him. She explained exactly what she was going to do and why. There was never a rushed moment during the process.The first injection was to reduce his pain and make him sleepy. The second injection was to... well you know. He died in our arms. Afterwards, she brought in a basket and a cute blanket with kitty paws on it and very respectfully wrapped him in it and put him in the basket. He looked asleep. She gave him a place in the front passenger seat of her car (we had opted for cremation). I will always remember that cat. I will also never forget Dr. Jessica and her kindness. If you have a choice between the vets office and home when it is time for your fur person, please consider Dr. Spitzer."

Michael O'Larte
Port Hueneme, California

"We can not say enough how grateful we are for Dr. Spitzer and the LapofLove organization. From the first phone call with Lynn, to when Dr. Spitzer arrived at our home, we felt we had help and comfort. Our baby Dozer liked her right away. He knew that she was loving and kind and there to help us. She listened, she made us feel heard and validated, and she peacefully sent him to fly with the angels. We truly couldn’t have done it more peacefully or without her comforting ways.. My husband and I HIGHLY recommend calling LapofLove and letting them help you with the hardest decision you’ll ever make."

Kelley Cozzolino
Camarillo, California

"We can't thank Jessica enough. She was caring, loving and compassionate. She made a very difficult decision and situation easier to confront. I highly recommend Jessica and Lap of Love."

Richard Levine
Calabasas, California

"I highly recommend Lap of Love's home euthanasia service. Thank you, Dr. Jessica Spitzer, for making a difficult day painless for both my dog Buckaroo and me. As far as "Roo" was concerned, a nice person came to visit and give him attention. Thank you for your warmth and understanding, and for letting me share the story of his life as it was coming to an end."

Anne Radthorne
Winnetka, California

"I cannot begin to express how great Dr. Jessica was with our sweet Hyna. We had to make the difficult decision to put our 16 year old cat down due to her health deteriorating rapidly. Dr. Jessica was so loving and comforting. She made us feel at peace with our decision. I'm very thankful for her."

Sandra Black
VENTURA, California

"I am most grateful for the compassion shown to us by Lap of Love during our agonizing decision to say goodbye to our beloved Jasmine. From the receptionist who made the appointment for me through my tears, to Dr. Spritzer's visit to our home, to the doctor's followup email and handwritten card, every detail was handled with personal attention and respect. I reluctantly made the phone call at about 11 am on a Saturday and Dr. Spitzer came at 3:00 that day. She spoke gently and explained every step. I had dreaded having to go into the vet's office to do this and I didn't have to--I was able to hold Jasmine in my arms, as always, at home where she felt loved. We were given private time to say goodbye. Dr. Spitzer prepared a paw print and gave us some of her hair to keep. When she left our house for the last time, she was wrapped warmly in a blanket and laid in a basket, looking peaceful. After a long illness, I take comfort knowing she is no longer suffering. Thanks to the service provided by Lap of Love, she was able to stay at home with her family until the very end. We have nine other animals. When the time comes for them to join Jasmine, we will certainly have Dr. Spitzer help us say goodbye again. Thank you for providing this compassionate service."

Lisa Lyga
Simi Valley, California

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselor

  (818) 706-9933

Gretchen Mayer, LCSW

Emergency Clinic

  (805) 492-2436

Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

Pet Loss Counselor

  (818) 421-1516

Pet Loss Partners

Emergency Clinic

  (805) 495-4671

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks

Pet Loss Counselor

  (805) 495-2145

Hospice of Conejo Valley

Emergency Clinic

  (805) 339-2290

Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group (VMSG) - Ventura

Pet Loss Counselor

  (805) 499-7940

Dr. Dominic Coppola

Emergency Clinic

  (818) 887-2262

ACCESS - Woodland Hills

Pet Loss Counselor

  (818) 458-8102

Dr. Kathleen Ayl, Psy.D.

Emergency Clinic

  (818) 883-8387

Veterinary Specialists of the Valley - Woodland Hills

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Local Service Area (no additional travel fee):
  • Agoura Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Camarillo
  • Encino
  • Fillmore
  • Granada Hills
  • Moorpark
  • Newbury Park
  • Northridge
  • Oxnard
  • Port Hueneme
  • Porter Ranch
  • Reseda
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Simi Valley
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Ventura
  • Westlake Village
  • Woodland Hills
Extended Service Area (additional $25-$75, depending on distance from the doctor):
  • Carpinteria
  • Malibu 
  • Oak View
  • Ojai
  • Santa Barbara
  • Van Nuys
 

Other locations will be quoted individually.

Pet Memorials
“I am so sad to lose my best friend Maverick. He was loved dearly by me and my family. He is my favorite dog. He was my companion. I am grateful I for the 12 years I had him in my life. I work at home so I got to spend a lot of time with Maverick, he was always by my side and I will miss him greatly. It's hard to put into words how I feel about ...
Richard Levine
June 6, 2019
“Sweet Freddie Boy ~
What a wonderful companion you were to your first Mom Helen. We were fortunate to spend the last nine months with you and you brought us so much happiness. Mojo is missing you terribly but we keep telling him he will be with you again at the Rainbow Bridge. You will always have a piece of our hearts. We love you!”
Robyn Ballard
March 14, 2019
“Dr. Jessica was an angel. My beautiful 14, almost 15, year old Alaskan Malamute Titan, could no longer walk from hip dysplasia. He also had some other health problems. On Thursday, February 21,2019, Titan could no longer walk with out falling. His hip gave out. I knew & understood that it was time to put my boy at peace. I did not know what to ...
Jan Marie Grissinger
February 23, 2019
“Pawprints Left by Our Nicky
Adapted From A Poem By Teri Harrison

You no longer greet us as we walk through the door.
You're not there to make us smile, or to make us laugh anymore.

Life seems quiet without you; Nicky you were far more than our pet.
You were so precious, our ...
Janet and Paul Mailhot
February 2, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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Lap of Love
365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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