Ventura, Santa Barbara, and NW LA Counties

  (805) 904-5944

  [email protected]

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$375

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$475

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 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 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$375

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 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$250

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

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 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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.  

Dr. Alexandra

Alexandra Au

I was lucky enough to grow up here in the quiet luxury of Ventura County. From endless hours of horseback riding, to catching frogs in the sprinkler box, to teaching my pet rat to play hide-and-go-seek  - I did everything possible to be around animals, including choosing “Animal Science” as my undergraduate degree at CalPoly SLO. For me, pursuing a career in veterinary medicine felt like a natural progression.

Unsurprisingly, during my second year of college, I jumped at the opportunity to join a student-led project fostering ‘difficult’ dogs from the local shelter (a poorly veiled excuse to get a dog despite strict warnings from my parents) and ended up bringing home the love of my life, Sophie.

I won't lie, our beginning was rough.  For weeks on end, 60 pounds of shivering, terrified pitbull hid in the relative safety of a dark corner in my closet. She jumped at every noise, waited until she was 100% alone to eat a single kibble, and would only venture out briefly to greet other dogs. It wasn't until 3 months later, when I picked her up from a pet sitter, that things changed. I will always remember that moment because, when she recognized me, her tail wagged. From that day on, Sophie chose to be my dog. Despite her wariness of strangers, fear of loud noises, and general distrust of changing furniture arrangements - Sophie could always be found nearby, watching me. Through the natural changes and growing pains of life, her silent guardianship over me never wavered. Even now, more than a decade later, there is always an ear trained in my direction and the inevitable click of her nails on the floor behind me, echoing my own. Her devotion is unconditional, even when I don’t deserve it, and I could never hope to find a truer friend.

Since graduating from The Royal Veterinary College in London, England, my professional interests have primarily focused on emergency and critical care medicine but, as Sophie’s muzzle greys and our walks become more of a shuffling saunter, I find my heart softening for my senior patients and the families devoted to making their golden years joyful. Moreover, despite how much I enjoy helping pets and families in crisis, I have found an equally profound reward in helping pets facing life-limiting diagnosis and helping them to transition peacefully.

At the end of their time with us, I truly believe that allowing our beloved companions to pass with dignity is the ultimate grace we can give them. It is what I hope to be able to give my own pets; and it is what I hope to be able to give to patients whose final moments are entrusted to me. As a doctor, I am honored to walk alongside your family as we work to ensure your loved one is every bit as comfortable and happy in their final days, as they’ve made us over their lifetime.

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.  

"Dr. Spitzer was gentle and caring. She helped make such a hard time just a bit easier for us all."

Vicki Dobson
Chatsworth, California

"Amazing lady, so gentle and caring. Thank you soooo much for caring for our babygirl"

Tiffany And Steven Andrews
Port Hueneme, California

"Thank you so very much to everyone at Lap of Love who helped us say goodbye to our dear Olive today! From the first phone call to Amanda C. to Kristin to Jennifer and finally to Dr. Jessica...we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this difficult time warm and loving. Our Olive was 15 years old and while we knew it was her time, there would have been no way we could have gotten her into car to take her to a clinic. I received phone calls and emails clarifying each step along the way. You even called me on a Saturday to finalize arrangements which I so appreciated. Dr. Jessica came into our home with such love and calmness that even our other dog, Bear, was at ease. The men that came to take our Olive away were just as kind. My husband needed to not remember Olive this way so he was not present...he had Olive since she was two! Dr. Jessica assured me that this was best for Olive and she was ready to cross the rainbow bridge. It helped my husband very much when I told him that. Olive just looked at us with gratitude before she began to snore and drifted off to sleep. I love that Olive was in her home, on her bed in her own home. She passed with dignity and grace and I thank Lap of Love for that. Even during a pandemic, Dr. Jessica came into our home and took her time to make sure Olive was comfortable and Bear was ok too. Thank you again for the beautiful work you do!"

Nancy Acord
Woodland Hills, California

"Dr. Jessica was so very sweet. She was so gentle with my baby.

Dr. Jessica came highly recommended by my holistic vet and I saw in our community page on Facebook, she was also highly recommended. She made a very difficult decision and day more bearable. I thank God she was the one to help My little Winnie go over The Rainbow Bridge."

Judy Harrigan
Simi Valley, California

"Dr Jessica went right on the floor with all of to give Bella the last bit of love and praise. She made the experience as gentle and loving and respectful as possible."

MARY RENE NEWTON
Simi Valley, California

"Dr. Jessica Spitzer was great. She was very gentle with our Winston. We never felt rushed. Thank you very much Dr. Jessica. You made it so much easier to say goodbye."

Julie and Jeremy Stafford
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
“Ginger, you were a wonderful, loving companion. Not a mean bone in your body. Always happy to go along with the program, except maybe when it came to a bath or a nail trim. But even then, you'd just wriggle away or lick us to get us to stop. Your attitude at the dog park was always "live and let live." You were the very definition of a ...
Vicki Dobson
August 5, 2020
“CHiPs will forever be our babygirl ❤️”
Tiffany And Steven Andrews
August 5, 2020
“To my precious Winnie (The Pooh), I miss you so very much. I still look for you everywhere. I miss our routines. You were so very special. Our years together were amazing. I've never been or felt so loved. I cry for you every day. I love you Winnie. You put up a good fight. I'm never going to get over losing you. I hope you are happy ...
Judy Harrigan
July 6, 2020
“Bella came to us in July of 2008. She was about 11 months old. She fit in instantly into our family and was a great little sister to Harley. We are so thankful for the time we had with her, although too short! She now is healthy and running free with Harley!”
MARY RENE NEWTON
July 3, 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 1335
Thousand Oaks, California 91358

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