Ventura, Santa Barbara, and NW LA Counties
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
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.
"It was our very good fortune to have been referred to Lap of Love. Our regular vet, while amazing, doesnt make house calls and we decided it would be nice for our sweet boy to die at home with dignity and in peace. Lap of Love does a special public service. They think of all the details. Compassionate when setting the appointment, respectful requesting payment. Arriving on time and fairly quickly. Having all the details explained in advance, never made us feel rushed. Treating our family, our patient and our other pets with the upmost consideration. If you need the services of end of life care for your pet, you wont find a better service."
Bonnie SterlingSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Jessica was the most compassionate, gentle, intelligent veterinarians I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She took such wonderful care of my dog Magnus on his final day. She gave me and my children the time we needed with him, explained everything in a warm and empathetic manner, administered his final shots with extreme care and was so wonderful in reassuring us that we had made the right decision for our beloved pet. I would highly recommend her and Lap of Love for anyone that truly wishes to honor their animal family members with a passing that is at home, in the company of loved ones with a professional that is so incredibly kind and loving. Thank you Dr. Jessica! Also, thank you to Tina who took so much time with me on the phone and showed equal amounts of love and compassion as she set up my appointment. You are both angels!!"
Grace GetzenSimi Valley, California
"As a family, we came to the difficult decision to put both of our dogs down.
It was important to us that they go together, at home, and with their family around them.
When Dr. Jessica got here I was not happy to see her and I wasn't really nice.
She was so understanding and thoughtfully answered all of my questions.
Our dogs went to sleep peacefully, and painlessly and I am quite certain that the reason is a result of the skill with which Dr. Jessica did her job.
This was a terrible thing for us to go through and I am so grateful that we were able to send our dogs off with love and that they felt no pain, no suffering and simply peacefully went to sleep while we hugged them and cried.
Thank you Dr. Jessica. I really am very thankful for what you did for us and I will never forget it.
Joe, Tori, Blake & Tyler"
Joseph LeeWest Hills, California
"When it was obvious that Erda was in great discomfort, I contacted our local vet and was given Dr. Spitzer's name. I am so very thankful that she was there with us. Her kindness, gentle touch and total respect for Erdas comfort made it as positive experience as it could be. She followed all of Erdas cues, making her decisions based on Erdas wishes. Thank you for helping us out with this very difficult part of loving and living with animals."
Mary HansenThousand Oaks, California
"Jessica from Lap of Love was very patient, understanding and compassionate. She really exceeded our expectations and we are very appreciative of her service and dedication to what she does. I highly recommend Lap of Love to anybody going through the difficult time of deciding what is best for your pet and family. It was still an incredibly difficult and painful decision to make, but Jessica was a big help in getting us through it."
Chris TaylorVentura, California
"Dr. Jessica provided us with help in making Sydney's transition easier. We were comforted by her compassion, love, and caring for Sydney as well as for us. She was just what the doctor ordered. Even though it was a traumatic time for us, and our dear Sydney, we are forever grateful for her being brought to us."
Joni & Daryl ClarkSimi Valley, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Gretchen Mayer, LCSW
Dr. Deena Case-Pall, Ph.D
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group (VMSG) - Ventura
ACCESS - Woodland Hills
Veterinary Specialists of the Valley - Woodland Hills
Dr. Dominic Coppola
Dr. Kathleen Ayl, Psy.D.
Helping families in the following areas:
Other locations will be quoted individually.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211Thousand Oaks, CA 91360