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.
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.
"Jessica from Lap of Love was very patient, understanding and compassionate. She really exceeded our expectations and we are very appreciative of her service and dedication to what she does. I highly recommend Lap of Love to anybody going through the difficult time of deciding what is best for your pet and family. It was still an incredibly difficult and painful decision to make, but Jessica was a big help in getting us through it."
Chris TaylorVentura, California
"Dr. Jessica provided us with help in making Sydney's transition easier. We were comforted by her compassion, love, and caring for Sydney as well as for us. She was just what the doctor ordered. Even though it was a traumatic time for us, and our dear Sydney, we are forever grateful for her being brought to us."
Joni & Daryl ClarkSimi Valley, California
"Thank you Dr Jessica for your loving and caring support during those last days we had with Lauper. We found you at the right time and you gave us all we needed. We are forever thankful for giving Lauper a peaceful passing. Thank you."
Matthias BrandtLos Angeles, California
"Thank you,for the sweet compassion you showed me and my Sandy Girl! I don't know what I'd done without you!
Sandy was 17 1/2 year old Austrian Sheppard mix.Smart,smart girl! In her younger days would go out and get the newspaper for me! She herded my grand kids around! They loved her so much! As do I!
She is and will be missed by me and my family!"
Kathleen FosterOxnard, California
"Dr Jessica came to our house at 9:00 PM after a long day of work in a clinic an hour away from our home. She was very professional and loving as she took care of our Cody. She was sensitive to our emotional state and took the time to comfort us. I'm happy she took a paw print for us and we have a bit of his fur that she cut for us. It gives me comfort to look at his paw print. We can never thank her enough. She made a horrible time bearable."
Eileen TaylorOjai, California
"Dr. Jessica was wonderful in assisting us with Lucky. She made a difficult situation a great deal easier. Our family is grateful for her warmth, compassion and understanding."
Felipe FloresOxnard, 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