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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. Mailing of urn to your home or office $25.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 19 pounds$100
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175

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 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. Jessica

Jessica Spitzer

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

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.  

"We are so thankful the timing worked out for Dr. Spitzer to come to our home. Our precious kitty got to spend her final moments in one of her favorite spots surrounded by love. She got the kind of send-off that any creature, human or otherwise, would want. I think it was easier and less confusing for our other kitty to have her feline companion pass at home. Dr. Spitzer was considerate and respectful. She seemed genuinely curious to learn more about our kitty and talked us all through the whole process. Lap of Love and Dr. Spitzer helped make a sad experience as beautiful and comforting as possible. Thanks again."

Donna Lynn Caskey
Ventura, California

"Dr. Spitzer was a great help to us. She was kind and compassionate, and let us take the time to say goodbye to our dog. She made a difficult experience more bearable."

Jackie Scheidlinger
Camarillo, California

"Dr. Spitzer couldn't have been nicer or more helpful during this most distressing time. Her focus was on nothing but me and my Hurley and helping us both through this process. Every single step of the way, she let me know my options and exactly what to expect with whichever choice I made. She treated my Hurley as if he were her own and reassured me I was a good cat mom with whatever I chose. She let me hold him the entire time and explained everything to me. The day after the event, I received a personalized email from her to further lend her support and compassion. Even though letting go of a beloved pet is one of the hardest and most difficult things to ever go through, Dr. Spitzer and Lap of Love made the whole thing easier to bear and for that I am forever grateful."

Amie Woolweber
Lake Balboa, California

"Emily was a RESCUE cat in a no-kill shelter! In her memory, please consider RESCUING an animal instead of DESIGNING one!

She lived to be 20+ years old, long past what her nine lives would normally bring her!

We had @lapoflove come to OUR HOUSE to help with the euthanasia! Dr. Jessica Spitzer...what a blessing!

Today we all cuddled and watched old videos and pictures. We share a few with you."

Ian Taras
Woodland Hills, California

"Lap of Love and Dr Jessica Spitzer were recommended to my wife and I through a neighbor. It is a difficult decision to put a pet to sleep but she made the experience peaceful and humane by doing the procedure in comfort of our home. A trip to the vet would have been a horrific end to live full of love. We had our dog for 13 yrs and his body was failing him. She made sure he was comfortable and helped him pass without pain. She also was very empathetic to our loss and had such a professional yet warm bedside manner for us and our remaining dog."

Chad Peplinski
Ventura, California

"Dr Spitzer was the perfect choice for Obi’s euthanasia. Being able to give him the gift of a peaceful passing surrounded by love was Everything he deserved. Dr Spitzer was compassionate, respectful and just lovely. We will be eternally grateful for your kindness."

Helen Newbold
Simi Valkey, 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
“Godspeed to our sweet, funny kitty girl Maggie aka Mags, The Hobbit, Sassy Cat, Baby Cat, Houdini Cat, Baby Lion, Boss Cat, Squeaks, Snuffs, Snuffle Butter, Snorflebeast, Sunbeam, Sunshine, Baby Rooster Cat, Little Beggar Cat, Bacon Bit, Pickle Chip, Baby Toast, Crab Cakes, Vet Bills, Golden Girl, Spice Girl, Pucker Butt, Hover Butt, Baby Thermo, ...
Donna Lynn Caskey
December 8, 2019
“We love you Ozzy and we miss you. Everyone who knew you saw the sweetness shining through you. We imagine you running and playing in the perfect afterlife that you deserve.”
Jackie Scheidlinger
December 3, 2019
“Dearest Hurley,
You were the sweetest kitty that ever lived and I'm missing you so much already. It's simply not fair that you got cancer and please know I tried my hardest to fight it with you. Today, I'm thankful you're no longer uncomfortable. I truly hope you know how much you were loved. I'm so going to miss your little kitty breath on ...
Amie Woolweber
November 25, 2019
“Thanks for the memories you big funny goof. Love you big boy. Enjoy yourself.”
Helen Newbold
October 22, 2019
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
365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211, Ste. 211
Thousand Oaks, California 90290

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