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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!
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.
Jessica Spitzer, DVM
"I cannot thank Lap of Love and Dr. Spitzer enough for helping me with such a difficult task. As pet guardians, we want to do what is best for our babies. And ending their suffering at home, surrounded by love, is the ultimate last gift. Dr. Spitzer was so kind and compassionate. She let me take at much time as I needed with my Deaqon before and after. She was gentle and kind throughout the whole process. She took care of everything and lifted a huge weight off my shoulders."
Kathleen FinnSimi Valley, California
"First of all, to anyone reading this, you have my sincere condolences as this is not an easy decision to make. I struggled with it up until the very moment.
This is a wonderful organization, and I especially cannot say enough good things about Dr. Jessica.
Her calm compassion was something I have never found in a Veterinary office.
You won't regret your decision to allow your beloved pet to pass with you by their side.. no fear, no pain, and in the comfort of their own surroundings.
Thank you again, Dr. Jessica. We will never forget your kindness towards Bailey and us during our very sad time."
Lori FraschillaSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Spitzer - I wanted to thank you for your card. You have given us comfort and kindness not only during the process, but in the grieving as well. I just want to thank you for your thoughtfulness, warmth and support. You have been a part of the healing process and your words mean so much! Thank you again, Mae Gordon and Chris Davidson"
Mae GordonSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Spitzer was so kind and complimentary. She was very respectful of the situation and understanding. She provided comfort, while allowing space."
"Dr. Jessica is an angel. She walked in and it was as though Berkely knew she was there to help him stop hurting. She sat down on the sofa, Barkely sat at her feet and never moved. That was where he peacefully crossed over the the Rainbow Bridge. It was a beautiful and precious send off for our baby boy. There is an ancient Chinese blessing: May you have a good death. Barkley had a good death thanks to Dr. Jessica."
Giselle Teller-HoltNewbury Park, California
"Lap of Love was very compassionate and supportive during one of the hardest times of our lives. When we realized that Bella could not suffer any more we contacted Lap of Love and they listened to our feelings and discussed our options. Dr. Jessica helped us make the passing of Bella dignified and peaceful."
Julie UngerleiderCamarillo, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Gretchen Mayer, LCSW
Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
Pet Loss Partners
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks
Hospice of Conejo Valley
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group (VMSG) - Ventura
Dr. Dominic Coppola
ACCESS - Woodland Hills
Dr. Kathleen Ayl, Psy.D.
Veterinary Specialists of the Valley - Woodland Hills
Helping families in the following areas:
Other locations will be quoted individually.
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.
Lap of Love365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211Thousand Oaks, CA 91360