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

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.  

"My deepest thanks to Dr. Spitzer who came on short notice and whose compassion and gentleness contributed to a beautiful transition for George - out on the deck in the sun where he loved to nap. Your loving care helped make this painful process a bit softer."

Marianne Wunch
Simi Valley, California

"We accidentally found out about Lap of Love just days before we were in need of Dr. Jessica services in June 2015. Our darling little Bischon, Fanny (24 yrs) had been battling liver and kidney problems due to congestive heart failure for 6 months. One night she just gave me the look and I knew it was time. Little did we know how soon it would be that we would need Dr. Jessica again. Three months later, our Maltese-Poodle mix, Higgins (12) just unexpectedly became so ill, the Vet did not think he would make it a week; 7 months later we were calling here again as our almost 20 year old order Collie-Sheltie mix had several debilitating seisures. Dr. Jessica was once again at our home for the 3rd time in 10 months, and while I did not think I would survive losing my babies, she helped so much, giving each of our kids a farewell full of dignity and grace. I immediately trusted her with the final care of our kids. These 3 pups along with a 4th, a Bischon-Poodle mix (13.5) Marcello, had been together as a pack for 10 years. Marcello, had diabetes and was blind for 3.5 years, with each of the others passings he had plopped himself upon the pile of pillow, to offer his warmth and lovevas they made their final journey. On July 3, 2017 it was his time to make that trip. It was extraordinally difficult as he was such a special of boy, kind, sweet and loving even after enduring thousands of insulin injections and blood sugar draws, he would squeal but never snapped and never held grudges, always happy waggin his little tailess butt. And he was't alone, with his puppy bother/sister to right there to with him as he'd been for every member of his pack.

Each time we've needed Lap of Love & Dr. Jessica, she's been there for us and we feel so blessed to have her in our lives. She is part of our family and we LOVE her! Thank you to all the Vets at Lap of Love who give this blessed gift to us and our kids, making the worst day of our lives just a little bit easier."

Beverly Werneburg
Port Hueneme, California

"It was our very good fortune to have been referred to Lap of Love. Our regular vet, while amazing, doesnt make house calls and we decided it would be nice for our sweet boy to die at home with dignity and in peace. Lap of Love does a special public service. They think of all the details. Compassionate when setting the appointment, respectful requesting payment. Arriving on time and fairly quickly. Having all the details explained in advance, never made us feel rushed. Treating our family, our patient and our other pets with the upmost consideration. If you need the services of end of life care for your pet, you wont find a better service."

Bonnie Sterling
Simi Valley, California

"Dr. Jessica was the most compassionate, gentle, intelligent veterinarians I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She took such wonderful care of my dog Magnus on his final day. She gave me and my children the time we needed with him, explained everything in a warm and empathetic manner, administered his final shots with extreme care and was so wonderful in reassuring us that we had made the right decision for our beloved pet. I would highly recommend her and Lap of Love for anyone that truly wishes to honor their animal family members with a passing that is at home, in the company of loved ones with a professional that is so incredibly kind and loving. Thank you Dr. Jessica! Also, thank you to Tina who took so much time with me on the phone and showed equal amounts of love and compassion as she set up my appointment. You are both angels!!"

Grace Getzen
Simi Valley, California

"As a family, we came to the difficult decision to put both of our dogs down.

It was important to us that they go together, at home, and with their family around them.

When Dr. Jessica got here I was not happy to see her and I wasn't really nice.

She was so understanding and thoughtfully answered all of my questions.

Our dogs went to sleep peacefully, and painlessly and I am quite certain that the reason is a result of the skill with which Dr. Jessica did her job.

This was a terrible thing for us to go through and I am so grateful that we were able to send our dogs off with love and that they felt no pain, no suffering and simply peacefully went to sleep while we hugged them and cried.

Thank you Dr. Jessica. I really am very thankful for what you did for us and I will never forget it.

Joe, Tori, Blake & Tyler"

Joseph Lee
West Hills, California

"When it was obvious that Erda was in great discomfort, I contacted our local vet and was given Dr. Spitzer's name. I am so very thankful that she was there with us. Her kindness, gentle touch and total respect for Erdas comfort made it as positive experience as it could be. She followed all of Erdas cues, making her decisions based on Erdas wishes. Thank you for helping us out with this very difficult part of loving and living with animals."

Mary Hansen
Thousand Oaks, 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
“George, my forever cat!! What a gift to have shared so many years together. Your grace and love overflowed, and while I know your feline spirit runs free on the hillside, you are missed - your meow, soft fur, and even those love bites on my tender skin when you wanted my attention. Meow, my friend!!”
Marianne Wunch
July 16, 2017
“Dearest Crystalbell,
I can't thank you enough for being my best friend for nearly 16 years. As an only child, you were a huge part of of my life; I got you when I was just 5 years old and throughout all the stages of my life so far you have been there to comfort me. Even though you couldn't speak (but meowed right on cue), I know that you always ...
Brooke Oyler
June 28, 2017
“We will miss our sweet, loving and loyal boy Chief. He was a sweetheart from day one until his last day with us. He wanted everyone and every dog to be his friend and everybody loved him. From his cute under bite to his beautiful thick fur, he was an absolute angel. I don't think the hole in our hearts will or can ever be filled, but we are ...
Chris Taylor
April 25, 2017
“On April 19, 2017, we tearfully said goodbye to our best friend, buddy, and sweet boy, Sydney Angus.”
Joni & Daryl Clark
April 25, 2017
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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