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.
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.
"This week I had to say goodbye to my little love Kitt Miller.
She came into my life when my son insisted on a kitten and I said No, well Eight years later and a cat that thought she was a little person, constant conversation and greeting we at the door everyday, letting me know who was okay to date and who was not. Kitt became my best friend. So saying goodbye was rough;Lap of Love’s Dr.Jessica made this experience peaceful, respectful and loving. I am thankful for the experience as I did not want to stress my Kitt by taking her into the Vet and she went on an up day in the privacy of her home in my arms. Thank you Dr. Jessica for making this experience a peaceful loving moment."
Sheri MillerSimi Valley, California
"Dr Jessica was just what I needed during this time. She was just right; compassionate, direct, thoughtful. I can not thank her enough for helping Mac go home peacefully."
Mike & Audrey SandiferOxnard, California
"It's been a week since Jessie, our 17+ year old chihuahua told us it was time for her to leave her body and it could not wait any longer. We were fortunate that Dr. Jessica could accommodate us that day since our home was in some turmoil due to the recent fires and we were preparing for the possibility of floods and mud and debris flow in the next week according to weather forecasts and disaster predictions...She fit us in at a time that worked for us, and our baby, who was incontinent, had kidney failure and had gone blind had a peaceful passing in our home among familiar things in our arms. Dr. Spitzer made a difficult time simple and and satisfying. We appreciated her competence and professionalism while we experienced the process that we acknowledged had to take place inevitably. We recommend her highly!"
Christy CantrellVentura, California
"Words cannot express the thanks my Husband and I want to give Dr. Jessica. She was so kind to our Zam. Everything about the process went very smoothe due to Dr. Jessica. At such a hard time in life, for both my Husband and I (and Zam), Dr. Jessica was our living Angel. Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts!"
Janet AshfordNewbury Park, California
"Our dog meant the world to us and we were blessed to have him in our lives for over 17 fun-filled years. He was beloved by all. It was so difficult to let him go although we knew it was time. Dr Jessica was so sensitive and caring not only to our dog but also to us that she made the entire process smooth and humane. Our dog did not even notice the shot and, while surrounded by loved ones, blissfully crossed over into the cosmos while on my lap . Dr Jessica relieved us of all the anxiety of having to leave home and be in the cold, sterile surroundings of a vet's office. Now that over a week has passed, I can only give the most glowing of reports."
Los Angeles, California
"I cannot tell you how peaceful the experience was for all of us, although yes very sad. Dr. Jessica is an angel! The way she treated our cat, Cho Cho San, with such love and respect. We do not have bad visions in our minds of the whole process. The way she carefully laid her in the basket, propped her head up, and wrapped her in the cozy blanket like a little sleeping baby after she had passed. We didn't feel like she was just disgarded with a towel thrown over her body or face after she had passed. A sad but very positive experience. We are at rest too knowing she is not suffering. Thank you for what you do!"
Lisa SissonWestlake Village, 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.
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