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.
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
"Thank you, Dr. Spitzer, for giving Jennie a gentle and easy transition. Jennie was 16 years old, and could not stand up without assistance, or move around without difficulty, at the end. She was a sweet, loving, devoted companion, and is greatly missed."
Sue MarstonVentura, California
"We want to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Spitzer for her compassion and kindness. When it was time to say goodbye to Max, she came to our home making his passing a quiet, peaceful farewell. Dr. Spitzer listened to our fond memories of our wonderful Max. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Spitzer and Lap of Love."
Maren and Patricia Semler-DallamOxnard, California
"Thank you very much to Dr. Jessica from Lap of Love, she made the transition for Oliver and us very peaceful and brought us comfort in a very loving way."
Stephanie SimeoneNewbury Park, California
"We made the most difficult decision of our lives thus far, but we knew it was time for our beloved black lab mix Cassius, who was (in the words of many (not just his proud human family) the best, most gentle and well behaved dog people had come across. I called 4 other hospice services that perform home euthanasia before finally speaking with Jennifer Spitzer at Lap of Love. As soon as I spoke with her, I knew she was the perfect fit. Her gentle approach and her keen sense of understanding for the grief that the family is enduring is exactly what we needed. The entire experience was genuinely amazing. Dr Spitzer comforted and reassured us, and got to know Cassius to make him comfortable - he know she was there to help him. She made sure to take as much time as we needed and ensured that we created the perfect environment for Cassius. Something that we felt going in was tragic turned into a beautiful, peaceful experience and last act of love thanks to Dr. Spitzer's help. Since then, I have referred numerous close friends to her and to Lap of Love....I can not speak any more highly as to the professionalism and the sincere care that was provided to us during this time."
Paolo SuayaTarzana, California
"Dr. Jessica was fantastic. She explained everything, and made everyone feel comfortable with the process. She did not rush anything and made the moment as peaceful as possible. We loved that Monty could be at home, comfortable and calm."
Derek FouargeSanta Paula, California
"Dr. Spitzer was so very kind. Although such a terrible loss, she was so loving and understanding during Boston's passing. We are very grateful that she has chosen this path of dedication and how difficult it must be at times. Thank you, Dr. Spitzer, for your loving care. We can't thank you enough!"
Grace MellorWestlake Village, 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