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
"Dr. Jessica was amazing and I knew she was the right person because Ruger went right up to her and loved her. She was thoughtful, tender and understanding about how difficult it was for our family. I will forever be grateful for how she took care of our furry baby."
Jennifer GarciaOxnard, California
"Dr. Spitzer took care of all of us...
She was kind, understanding, and explained all the idiosyncrasies of cats at the end of their life.
We felt very lucky to have "found" her! And she was fun...
Thank you Jessica.
Santa Paula, California
"Dr. Jessica was just what we needed. She said all the right things and really helped us through this difficult time."
Luana LindseySanta Paula, California
"Dr. Jessica is an angel, I was having a hard time accepting the process, but Dr. Jessica was reassuring my husband and myself along the way. Her timing was perfect as she did not allow my Momma Kitty to suffer. She let me listen until I was positive MOMMA KITTY was truly without a heart beat. She helped us to lay KITTY in a nice plastic container & only left her face exposed. Then she showed us how to cover her when we were ready. I want to let "LAP of LOVE" Dr's and staff I Thank God you came into my life."
Holly GodshallVentura county, Newbury park CA, California
"J A C K 💙 My good good boy. We brought him home from the shelter 16 years ago, for my birthday. He just wanted to be near us. All the time. Thank you to the incredible Dr. Jessica Spitzer DVM of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc. who gave us and Jack the most beautiful and kind final evening together. We all held him right before his last breath. I held his head and whispered comfortingly as he lapped up a PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ICE CREAM SUNDAE and slowly let his face rest on the soft sheet. NO PAIN. Just his two favorite things in the world: family and food. The latter winning every time. 💙 18 yrs, a torn ACL, 2 strokes, probably a brain tumor. But a hearty old guy that showed us resilience and heart. I love you, my Jack. Thank you, Jessica and Lap of Love. You made a heart-wrenching decision and process completely bearable, and really quite beautiful. :) Suzanne"
Suzanne PrescottThousand Oaks, California
"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 CicatelliThousand Oaks, 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