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.
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 Spitzer, DVM
"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
"Dr. Spitzer is such a kind and compassionate person. The love she showed my Smokey will forever remain in my heart. I was so upset and unsure in Smokey's final days and Dr Spitzer was so patient and kind and comforting. Her love for our beloved Smokey was so evident that when the day came I felt comfortable with our decision thanks to Dr. Spitzer. Smokey passed in the comfort of our home surrounded by people who loved him and that was the best gift I could give him. Thank you Dr. Spitzer....your love for animals is so evident and you are so special."
Susan LundgrenSimi Valley, California
"Thank you Dr. Jessica for helping us through this difficult decision. The entire ordeal was so painful for us but she guided us through and assured us it was the best decision for Pickles. We wanted Pickles to leave with dignity and without pain and Dr. Jessica made that happened. As I kissed Pickles goodbye for the last time I knew that she was in good hands. Thank you Lap of Love for helping us through this painfully tough time."
Arnel & Laura ValdellonOxnard, California
"Jessica was kind, patient, and reassuring during this process. This is such a great service to allow a family pet to end their suffering in the comfort of their own home surrounded by family."
Lisa KayThousand Oaks, California
"Saying goodbye to your furry family member is always so hard !
This process through Lap of Love was truly amazing!
I will never say goodbye again at a vets office !
You were so amazing Dr. Jessica!!!
Shep was the sweetest dog and deserved only the best
You delivered at the most heartbreaking time for me!
Thank you so much!!!!"
Sherri ColettoSimi Valley, 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