Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$350

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.

Geriatric Consultation$350

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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
Pets 125 pounds or more - call for
pricing
Mailing of urn to your home or office$25

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 19 pounds$100
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175
Pets 125 pounds or more - call for
pricing

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

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.  

About 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.  

"I can not thank Lap of love and Dr Jessica Spitzer enough. Dr Spitzer has a gentle, loving and compassionate heart.

I had the great fortune of having Roxanne the amazing order collie for 14 years. Roxanne was one of the greatest loves of my life and to have her at home to pass over in to the next life was something I would recommend to everyone who has Roxanne in their life.

It's a true gift we can give to our pets. Thank you for everything."

Donna Cicatelli
Thousand Oaks, California

"Dr. Spitzer is such a kind and compassionate person. The love she showed my Smokey will forever remain in my heart. I was so upset and unsure in Smokey's final days and Dr Spitzer was so patient and kind and comforting. Her love for our beloved Smokey was so evident that when the day came I felt comfortable with our decision thanks to Dr. Spitzer. Smokey passed in the comfort of our home surrounded by people who loved him and that was the best gift I could give him. Thank you Dr. Spitzer....your love for animals is so evident and you are so special."

Susan Lundgren
Simi Valley, California

"Thank you Dr. Jessica for helping us through this difficult decision. The entire ordeal was so painful for us but she guided us through and assured us it was the best decision for Pickles. We wanted Pickles to leave with dignity and without pain and Dr. Jessica made that happened. As I kissed Pickles goodbye for the last time I knew that she was in good hands. Thank you Lap of Love for helping us through this painfully tough time."

Arnel & Laura Valdellon
Oxnard, California

"Jessica was kind, patient, and reassuring during this process. This is such a great service to allow a family pet to end their suffering in the comfort of their own home surrounded by family."

Lisa Kay
Thousand Oaks, California

"Saying goodbye to your furry family member is always so hard !

This process through Lap of Love was truly amazing!

I will never say goodbye again at a vets office !

You were so amazing Dr. Jessica!!!

Shep was the sweetest dog and deserved only the best

You delivered at the most heartbreaking time for me!

Thank you so much!!!!"

Sherri Coletto
Simi Valley, California

"From the moment I spoke with Dana to schedule an appointment with Dr. Spitzer I knew we had made the right decision. Dana was comforting and had such a calming demeanor. Our appointment was scheduled for a Saturday but our sweet Emmagirl took a turn for the worse. I called at 5:00am on Friday morning, Dana answered and immediately took care of us. Dr. Spitzer met us at our home directly after our daughter got out of school. Dr. Spitzer was so kind, gentle and patient. She explained everything with love and took care to make sure all of us, including our other furry baby, were okay throughout the process. We feel so blessed to have had this experience. Emma was able to be surrounded with love in the comfort of her own bed at home. God Bless you both Dr. Spitzer and Dana."

Robyn Ballard
Moorpark, California

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselor

  (818) 706-9933

Gretchen Mayer, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselor

  (805) 491-2337

Dr. Deena Case-Pall, Ph.D

Emergency Clinic

  (805) 495-4671

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks

Emergency Clinic

  (805) 339-2290

Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group (VMSG) - Ventura

Emergency Clinic

  (818) 887-2262

ACCESS - Woodland Hills

Emergency Clinic

  (818) 883-8387

Veterinary Specialists of the Valley - Woodland Hills

Pet Loss Counselor

  (805) 499-7940

Dr. Dominic Coppola

Pet Loss Counselor

  (818) 735-0667

Dr. Kathleen Ayl, Psy.D.

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 Smokey, you were such a special cat...a wonderful addition to our family. You were always such a source of love and comfort, especially for my husband during his two year battle with cancer. He was sick so many days and you were always there to sit on his lap or lay on his chest when he was bedridden. Such a little angel you were for ...
Susan Lundgren
April 1, 2018
“Pickles was the little dog that has left a big mark in our lives. She was the self appointed pack leader and guard dog of our home. We miss her tremendously and the emptiness she left behind is still felt throughout the house. You could hear her little paws clanking coming into the kitchen or her barking at the birds in the backyard (no birds were ...
Arnel & Laura Valdellon
March 27, 2018
“Oh, Solomon. I don't know when your birthday was, I don't know much about you at all. Your old owners took you to the shelter to be euthanized when you caught a cold, guess they didn't want the vet bill. You were in that cage for a long time before we met. I was there helping a friend choose a mouser for his property. I wasn't looking to get ...
Isidora Wolfe
January 25, 2018
“Mac was a wonderful fur baby. He brought so much joy and life to this family. I was never ready to let him go. But his body was tired and he could no longer do all the things he enjoyed. He was playful, protective, a little social butterfly that would do anything for a treat, and had a funny little booty dance when we came home. I looked forward ...
Mike & Audrey Sandifer
January 12, 2018
Payment Options

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.

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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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