PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

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 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.  

"During one of the most difficult times in our lives Dr. Jessica Spitzer brought us comfort and peace. She was so caring and nurturing and our Bella went right over to her when she walked into our yard. Dr. Spitzer was extremely respectful of our situation and helped make a difficult situation something beautiful and memorable. After we said our final goodbyes Dr. Spitzer placed our fur baby onto a gurney snuggled into a blanket and gently folded the corner back with Bella’s head showing along with roses that our daughter had picked for her. 🌹 We’re so happy we chose Lap of Love to help our sweet girl with her journey over the Rainbow Bridge. 🌈 🐾"

Lucille Kosmatka
Moorpark, California

"Its strange to say this but this was one of the best experiences I have had with assisting an animal with Euthanasia. Dr. Spitzer was professional and so kind unbelievably kind. She got to know my family and got to know our dog who she was going to assist. It was a beautiful experience and I am so thankful we had this option to help our beloved dog pass away in his home."

Annmarie Jones
Newbury Park, California

"Jessica has been amazing. We’ve had the unfortunate need for Lap of Love services too many times in the past few years. She is caring, thoughtful and generous with her time to allow you to say your goodbyes."

Meghan Fouarge
Santa Paula, California

"Very caring and was sincere."

Naomi Torres
West Hills, California

"Dr. Spitzer is the embodiment of compassion, kindness and humanity. Her loving energy is palpable and made a huge difference in my experience euthanizing my dog at home. She allowed me to be in my emotions, offered consolation if requested or allowed for privacy. Her gentle touch resonated in the room and my sweet girl Goldie was able to leave this earth calm, not scared and not seemingly aware of the situation - all priceless to me. Dr. Spitzer's actions have provided solace and peace when my grief is at it's worst. I would not have wanted anyone else there to participate in this intimate, sad time.

THANK YOU DR. SPITZER

XO - Hailey and Goldie"

Hailey Comin
Agoura Hills, California

"We love Dr. Spitzer and her support/team member, Courtney.. When the time came to say goodbye to our 14 year-old Chihuahua mix (Delilah), Courtney communicated genuine care and understanding, while informing us on the particulars. She and Dr. Spitzer, guided us through the difficult decision. When Dr. Spitzer to our home, she patiently walked us through her euthanasia process. Our teen and 21-year old grew up with this dog and had tied many childhood memories to her. Dr. Spitzer helped comfort our family and followed through with a beautiful, personal letter, offering encouragement, warmth and help if we needed it. She truly understands the importance of our furry family members and is extremely compassionate. We highly recommend her.❤️"

Diane Tenner
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
“My sweet Bella. I cannot believe you are no longer here 😭 I’m completely heartbroken 💔 To me you were not “a dog” you were my first born baby girl.... my first dependent. 💝 You loved our family unconditionally and our household will never be the same. 💞 I will forever cherish our memories together. I miss your precious face, the sound of you ...
Lucille Kosmatka
May 10, 2020
“Our Remy was such an opinionated fur monster, so sweet and energetic. He had a wonderful life - full of adventure and companions that made every second worthwhile. We miss him terribly. Our home and family have a corgi sized hole in them.”
Meghan Fouarge
March 10, 2020
“This has been the hardest thing to go through. Saying good bye to our ever so faithful Bruiser boy.
Bruiser, you were such an amazing and loyal best friend. We have had so many wonderful travels together.
You truly will be missed. We love you to the moon and back buddy. I pray I get to see you in heaven one day.
😢🥰”
Naomi Torres
March 8, 2020
“In loving memory of the rescue that rescued me”
Hailey Comin
March 6, 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
365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211, Ste. 211
Thousand Oaks, California 90290

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