PRICING AND INFORMATION

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 19 pounds$100
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175

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

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 Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian 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.  

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.  

"Our wonderful, wonderful Lab of 12+ years ascended to Heaven with the assistance of Dr. Spitzer. As all who are pets owners know......saying good bye is heart breaking and almost unbearable. Dr. Spitzer assisted us in making this most difficult decision.

Remembering it's about "them" and the quality of "their" life. As we all say....if only they could talk and assist with the decision....

Once the determination was made, the process was painless and very dignified for our dear Kush.

Pretty darn sure he's now chasing tennis balls again with the other angels in Heaven."

Melinda Feldman
West Hills, California

"Dr. Jessica came to our home to help us during one of the most painful times in our lives. Georgette has been a member of our family for 16 years and we needed someone who we could trust to give sensible advise in a caring way. Dr. Jessica was not only knowledgeable, but also very compassionate and understanding."

Allie Leven
Los Angeles, California

"We were so grateful to Dr. Spitzer during this heart wrenching time. She was patient, kind, experienced and everything we needed to get through a difficult day. She took the best care of our 16 year-old baby Zeke (and us). Not having to take him to the vet where he is always nervous made everything so much easier and truly peaceful. Our hearts our aching today but we are so, so happy Dr. Spitzer helped us through. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Spitzer."

Laurie Peterson
Thousand Oaks, California

"We had 3 dogs who live with my sister, my boyfriend and me. We formed a very content and happy pack. Bailey was my golden doodle who was a rescue. We got her when she was five and she had been abused. My boyfriend totally worked hard to get her trust him. She adored him. When we had her only 2 weeks our cleaning ladies left our gate open and all 3 of them ran out. Luckily my sister got home to see 2 of them frolicking up and down our neighborhood. But Bailey wasn't aware of her surroundings yet and took off on walk about. She ended up gone for 10 days. She was spotted everywhere around our neighborhood people would call and she would run the other way. She even ended up on the freeway and the highway patrol called me to let me know they got her off the freeway but she wouldn't go to them. Interestingly enough they told me that all traffic stopped for her and people were opening their doors to get her inside and she just kept running. Finally someone who saw my add in Craig's List called to tell me they thought they had my girl. She was a good five miles from us in someone's hedge and just gave out. My boyfriend and I crept up to her and softly called her name she looked up and ate the whole can of food I placed in front of her. I thought we would have to get her to an emergency vet. Aside from smelling like a hobo she was not injured. Smart girl. So we were lucky enough to have this sweet quiet kind girl for 7 years.

I probably waited too long before I called LapofLove and that's on me. But when they came they helped the situation unbelievably. Dr Jessica was loving, caring and gentle with her and Bailey had no hint that she was just going to sleep for now and no more hurting or pain. I am really glad I did call Lap of Love because I think I would have been panicked once she passed at home and all of the horror of dealing with that. Dr Jessica came, did all the right things and took her away. My other two dogs must have sensed that this was it as they had been leaving her alone for a couple of weeks. But our cat BoDiddley jumped into her bed with her and snuggled up to her until she was gone. All of her pack were there to watch her go peacefully and that means the world to me. Angela Comin"

Angela Comin
Santa Barbara, California

"Dr. Spitzer was very kind, considerate and gentle during a stressful and heartbreaking time. She really cared about me and my cat Betty. Betty was very much like my child and it was comforting to feel understood and supported."

Amy Hilvers
Santa Barbara, California

"It's been 2 weeks since Dr. Spitzer came to our house to help us say goodbye to our beloved English Bulldog, Dozer. We're still broken hearted and miss him everyday, but we absolutely could not have made it through this without her help. She is kind and thoughtful, and continues to follow-up. She validated what we already knew and that helped tremendously. I urge anyone who has to make this very hard decision to reach out to Lap of Love and if possible, Dr. Jessica Spitzer. It's the best money we ever spent on ourselves."

Kelley Cozzolino
Camarillo, 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
“You were my best little friend for so many years, giving me immense love, happiness and laughter, as well as comfort beyond anything I could have ever imagined. May you now Rest In Peace forever, enjoying endless amounts of snuggles, playtime with your favorite toys & a constant supply of chicken. We love you Georgette, Georgie, GG, Baby G.”
Allie Leven
July 21, 2019
“Ty - You have kept me amused for the past 15 years. From being a total stinker to a total sweetheart, your personality was so large. When I think of you, I have to smile, because as your Dad put it, you were just so Ty! I am going to miss you my man. People let me tell you bout my best friend, his name is Ty, he's a cat and I love him so, he's ...
Mae Gordon
June 17, 2019
“I am so sad to lose my best friend Maverick. He was loved dearly by me and my family. He is my favorite dog. He was my companion. I am grateful I for the 12 years I had him in my life. I work at home so I got to spend a lot of time with Maverick, he was always by my side and I will miss him greatly. It's hard to put into words how I feel about ...
Richard Levine
June 6, 2019
“Sweet Freddie Boy ~
What a wonderful companion you were to your first Mom Helen. We were fortunate to spend the last nine months with you and you brought us so much happiness. Mojo is missing you terribly but we keep telling him he will be with you again at the Rainbow Bridge. You will always have a piece of our hearts. We love you!”
Robyn Ballard
March 14, 2019
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
365 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, #211, Ste. 211
Thousand Oaks, California 90290

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