Ventura, Santa Barbara, and NW LA Counties

  (805) 904-5944

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$475

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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.

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.

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 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$375
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$400

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 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$250
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$300

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.  

Dr. Alexandra

Alexandra Au

I was lucky enough to grow up here in the quiet luxury of Ventura County. From endless hours of horseback riding, to catching frogs in the sprinkler box, to teaching my pet rat to play hide-and-go-seek  - I did everything possible to be around animals, including choosing “Animal Science” as my undergraduate degree at CalPoly SLO. For me, pursuing a career in veterinary medicine felt like a natural progression.

Unsurprisingly, during my second year of college, I jumped at the opportunity to join a student-led project fostering ‘difficult’ dogs from the local shelter (a poorly veiled excuse to get a dog despite strict warnings from my parents) and ended up bringing home the love of my life, Sophie.

I won't lie, our beginning was rough.  For weeks on end, 60 pounds of shivering, terrified pitbull hid in the relative safety of a dark corner in my closet. She jumped at every noise, waited until she was 100% alone to eat a single kibble, and would only venture out briefly to greet other dogs. It wasn't until 3 months later, when I picked her up from a pet sitter, that things changed. I will always remember that moment because, when she recognized me, her tail wagged. From that day on, Sophie chose to be my dog. Despite her wariness of strangers, fear of loud noises, and general distrust of changing furniture arrangements - Sophie could always be found nearby, watching me. Through the natural changes and growing pains of life, her silent guardianship over me never wavered. Even now, more than a decade later, there is always an ear trained in my direction and the inevitable click of her nails on the floor behind me, echoing my own. Her devotion is unconditional, even when I don’t deserve it, and I could never hope to find a truer friend.

Since graduating from The Royal Veterinary College in London, England, my professional interests have primarily focused on emergency and critical care medicine but, as Sophie’s muzzle greys and our walks become more of a shuffling saunter, I find my heart softening for my senior patients and the families devoted to making their golden years joyful. Moreover, despite how much I enjoy helping pets and families in crisis, I have found an equally profound reward in helping pets facing life-limiting diagnosis and helping them to transition peacefully.

At the end of their time with us, I truly believe that allowing our beloved companions to pass with dignity is the ultimate grace we can give them. It is what I hope to be able to give my own pets; and it is what I hope to be able to give to patients whose final moments are entrusted to me. As a doctor, I am honored to walk alongside your family as we work to ensure your loved one is every bit as comfortable and happy in their final days, as they’ve made us over their lifetime.

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.  

"I am so blessed to have been given the information about Lap of Love. Dr. Jessica made something so difficult so peaceful!

To have an opportunity to put our sweet "Molly" out of what could have been a devastation into a peaceful passing. I am

happy that I have remembrances from Lap of Love and such kind people to assist me in her passing.

Thank you!

Doree & Kevin Thompson"

Doree Thompson
Newbury Park, California

"I am so grateful for the services that Lap of Love provides. While the need to make this decision is not easy and saying goodbye is hard, Jessica made the experience bearable. Jessica was kind, compassionate, and sympathetic to what my husband and I were going through. She explained the process as was very patient with us while going through the steps. We were so happy we were able to give our sweet Lily this gift of crossing the Rainbow Bridge at her home and pain free. I was grateful to have the opportunity to say goodbye in the privacy of my home. I will definitely recommend this service to all of my friends should they find themselves in a similar situation. Jessica was terrific and never made us feel rushed to say goodbye. She not only offered us comfort while she was at our home, but sent and email, and a lovely card offering her sympathy and letting us know she was there if we needed anything, even an ear to listen. Thank you Jessica and Lap of Love for allowing us to give Lily a peaceful passing.

Forever grateful,

Kandice and Nick Bertonazzi"

Kandice Bertonazzi
SIMI VALLEY, California

"Thank you to Dr. Jessica Spitzer and the staff at Lap of Love for the care with which they provided through this difficult time. Bodie and Dr. Jessica took to each other from the moment they met. When he looked up to her I could tell he knew that she was there to help him. It was hard to bear, but relieving to know we made the right decision and Dr. Jessica was so reassuring and comforting.

Sincerely,

Mary, Bill, and Bodie"

Bill & Mary G
Ventura, California

"Alex is very well ground it, compassionate for dog and the parents. Everything when smooth and painless."

Debra Carr
Oxnard, California

"Dr. Jessica Spitzer came to our home on very shot notice when our beloved dog Bill took a rapid turn for the worse. Her calm, kind, sensitivity made saying goodbye a lot less traumatic. Our other two dogs were allowed to say goodbye to their friend as well, which was really important for us. She snipped a loch of his fur and made a paw print, which I'm grateful for because at the time I was too emotional to think of doing something like that. The veterinary care coordinators were also very compassionate and helpful. Thank you Lap of Love!!"

Frances Emanuel
Simi Valley, California

"I have had Dr. Jessica Spitzer help me transition two of my dogs on separate occasions. I can't say enough about her. Aside from her outstanding professionalism, she is very respectful and compassionate. Her gentleness, caring, and compassion helped to ease the difficulty of losing my beloved companions. It takes a very special person to do what she does and do it with such grace. I am forever grateful and highly recommend her."

Nancy Schaak
Santa Barbara, 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
“Lily, my heart is broken and the house feels so empty without you here. You were my shadow and it is so hard not seeing you: sleeping in my office, waiting outside the bathroom, your nose under the gate when I pull in the driveway, you sleeping like a kitty on the couch, sunbathing in the chair outside, curled up next to me at night watching TV, ...
Kandice Bertonazzi
October 13, 2020
“Best friend, companion always there when you need him. He had the best personality of any dog we have ever had. Buster will be dearly missed.”
Debra Carr
September 17, 2020
“I was blessed to have Sparky for 16 years of his 17.5 years of life. He was a high energy companion and loved exploration and adventure, never a dull moment with him. He's now peacefully with Luiggi, Aldo, Luciano, and Jackson, all living with me in spirit.”
Nancy Schaak
September 11, 2020
“My best buddy. Yoga loved his hour long walks twice a day. He lived like a king and acted like it too. Always near me at home through all of the improvement projects. Yoga was known throughout the neighborhood and he knew the houses that gave him treats. Yoga loved the beach especially when there was something to roll in. I'll miss my doggie; ...
Cory Campbell
August 30, 2020
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
PO Box 1335
Thousand Oaks, California 91358

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