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.

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.  

"Dr Spitzer was the perfect choice for Obi’s euthanasia. Being able to give him the gift of a peaceful passing surrounded by love was Everything he deserved. Dr Spitzer was compassionate, respectful and just lovely. We will be eternally grateful for your kindness."

Helen Newbold
Simi Valkey, California

"As I have already told Dr. Spitzer herself, she did everything in such a way as to make Handsome's transition unfold with a magical and wondrous ease. Handsome was a gorgeous, but COMPLETELY NONCOMPLIANT, Lynx Point Siamese, and I was afraid he still had enough vigor in him to make us all miserable, but the process went miraculously smoothly. I had been wearing a thick sweatshirt all day, because I didn't want to make Handsome suspicious by putting it on when Dr. Spitzer arrived. Dr. Spitzer came through my unlocked front door unannounced, because I did not want Handsome to be frightened by the doorbell, which is horribly loud. My little dog Jonesy barked a couple of times, which made Handsome dive under my comforter, which is exactly what I was hoping he would do. Being in my bed under that comforter was Handsome's favorite place to hide out in during the day. Dr. Spitzer spent several minutes making friends with Jonesy, who is just all bark anyway, and loves to be fussed over. Dr. Spitzer then spoke with me about Handsome, and we initiated the paperwork in the kitchen area. Notably, Dr. Spitzer did not ask me to justify my decision. Without needing my help, Dr. Spitzer entered the bedroom, gently laid a small soft blanket over Handsome's form, felt where Handsome's head was, kept that hand gently on his body, lifted up both the blanket and the comforter with the other hand, and administered a sedative. I petted Handsome's head and told him that I loved him, while Dr. Spitzer felt Handsome's body while he was sedated. I assume, had she thought Handsome was not yet ready to go, she would have told me at that point. We went into the kitchen area, while the sedative took full effect; then we came back into my bedroom, and Dr. Spitzer explained what she was going to inject Handsome with, and why. It was all over in a couple of minutes. Jonesy was around the entire time. After Handsome passed, Jonesy wanted to come up on the bed; he sniffed at Handsome's body once, and pulled back. After that, I played with Jonesy on the bed, while Dr. Spitzer attended to Handsome's body. Dr. Spitzer then wrapped Handsome's body carefully in a poncho of mine that matched the tail, and put the body in a basket. Handsome's little felt mouse was tucked in a fold, and a packet of catnip was placed on top. We went back into the kitchen area, finished the paperwork, and Dr. Spitzer again took several minutes to play with Jonesy, and then we chatted a bit. The basket was on the floor, and Jonesy sniffed at it from different angles. The entire event was all very relaxed. Eventually Dr. Spitzer left. I thanked Dr. Spitzer profusely as she walked out the door carrying the basket. I am not sure if I have related all of the above concisely or with absolute accuracy--but it's accurate enough, especially in terms of how peacefully Handsome went. I never even bothered to inform Handsome's vet, because I knew he would want me to do the three things that Handsome hated most: Being put in the carrier, being driven somewhere, and being examined in a cold office. Handsome's vet is a compassionate man, and would have been doing what he felt was due diligence by wanting me to bring in Handsome, but I knew in my heart what was best for my wild baby, whom I'd enjoyed for nearly 15 years, since he was about 2 months old. Handsome had almost completely stopped eating, even his favorite food, which was shredded cheese. Handsome was also exhibiting other signs of a cat going into a steep decline. When I faced the reality that Handsome was both suffering and dying, I called Lap of Love on a Friday, and Dr. Spitzer came the following Sunday. All the previous week Handsome was, despite obvious signs of pain, still bringing me legless crickets every evening. He even brought me one Saturday evening. I left the back door open through the entire night so Handsome could wander at will in our cozy "catio," another place that he loved to hang out in when not in my bed. As pet parents, we posses both the power and the responsibility to act righteously for the sake of our dear charges, which means letting them go before their suffering turns into unbearable agony. It also means refraining from torturing them when their quality of life is non-existent. I want to remember Handsome proudly batting around a legless cricket, showing off for his mommy. And because of Dr. Spitzer, I will."

Rochelle Goodman
Westlake Village, California

"Jessica was perfect, she was professional, knowledgeable and caring. She made a very difficult time for us calming. I didn't know what to expect and she just made everything feel smooth.

We were able to say goodbye to our sweetheart in an ideal way, her whole family was there, we were all holding and petting her until her final breath.

Thank you for coming to our house and making this as peaceful as possible. We truly appreciate it."

Leonard Paraiso
Reseda, California

"Dr. Spitzer was very comforting and sensitive to us in a very difficult time. I've never had to put a pet down and it was the most difficult and excruciating decision I have ever made. I felt so guilty and unsure and I felt like I'm letting my dog down. But when she came to our house she was so nice and comforting. She assured us that what we are doing was the right thing and it was best for Buzz. She explained to us every step that's going to happen and she made sure that we understood and were comfortable with it. She was such a reassuring and comforting presence. She even sent us an email and a sympathy card a few days later. Thank you Dr. Spitzer. We appreciated you."


Granada Hills, California

"Dr. Jessica Spitzer is wonderful! She came to help us on a Sunday evening, and ensured that Bella's last minutes were peaceful and filled with love."

Gary and Lynne Nuibe
Camarillo, California

"Dr. Jessica Spitzer is a wonderful person. She was very kind and thoughtful, helping us through a sad and stressful time."

Gary and Lynne Nuibe
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
“Thanks for the memories you big funny goof. Love you big boy. Enjoy yourself.”
Helen Newbold
October 22, 2019
“My wife and I had nearly 13 wonderful years with Bunni. She came into our lives about a year after we met, so she's always been around, so waking up today was very different.

She was technically my first long term pet and I never knew I would connect with her as much as I did. She was definitely a best friend. She was the nicest, friendliest, ...
Leonard Paraiso
September 16, 2019
“Bella is running in the meadows on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, playing with Marcie, Snickers, Slinky, Kuma and Zoe.”
Gary and Lynne Nuibe
August 27, 2019
“We will miss you every day, sweet Slinky.”
Gary and Lynne Nuibe
August 27, 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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