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.
"Yesterday, 11/17/17 Dr Spitzer came by to administer end of life care to our 13 year old French bulldog. It was a very emotional experience and I️ honestly can not have pictured a more peaceful way for Brutus to move on to heaven. Dr Spitzer was calming and loving and compassionate. The process was fast and painless for all. Being able to hold my baby in my arms while he gently passed was healing for me.
I️ was left with a paw print and clippings of Brutus’ hair.
We chose a home burial but options were available for cremation if needed.
Thank you Dr Spitzer, you made a very hard day manageable and your compassion and love was so welcome.
Alexandra & Roger Rothwell"
Alexandra RothwellVentura, California
"We are so grateful for how Dr. Jessica helped our sweet Mattie go peacefully on her final adventure. On such a difficult day, Dr. Jessica's care, patience, assurance and compassion made saying goodbye a little easier. Even though it broke our hearts, it is just the ending we wanted for our beloved girl. We miss Mattie dearly, but we are comforted knowing that her passing was peaceful, painless, and that her last moments were spent wrapped in our arms, on her favorite bed, at home. We are forever grateful for the service that Lap of Love provides, and for the compassion that Dr. Jessica showed our family (and little Mattie) on one of our hardest days. Thank you. -Allison and Greg"
Allison HorstSanta Barbara, California
"Dr. Jessica was so kind, patient, and understanding of our situation. We couldn't imagine saying goodbye to our Johnny any other way. Under these circumstances everything was difficult, but we were very pleased with her professionalism and her compassion."
Linda & Michael MoenSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Jessica came Into our home on this difficult day with such compassion and patience. This was an indescribable time for all of us, but Dr. Jessica made it as comforting and as peaceful as we could've ever hoped for. From the very beginning until the very end, and even afterwards (follow up phone calls) The Dr. And the entire staff of Lap of Love were absolutely amazing. They described the process consicely and they speak to you like they truly understand what you are going through.
Thank you very very much for all of your dedication and support."
Manuela EllenMoorpark, California
"I had Dr. Jessica come over to put my beloved Tucker to sleep. He was a yellow lab and had aggressive bone cancer. I had heard through some friends that she was wonderful and they were right. She was so gentle, kind, and comforting I couldn't have imagined anyone who could me me feel more at peace. She was so sweet to my Tucker and immediately put him at ease with her presence. She gave us all the time we needed and when we were all ready she gently put him out of his pain. It was as good as I could have imagined this type of thing could ever be.
As much as I love my vet, I will never bring another animal there to be put to sleep now that I know about Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love. Thank you so much for your kindness."
Amy KarrThousand Oaks, California
"A special thank you to Dr. Jessica Spitzer. You are a true angel guiding us with your brilliant light in the dark times. Beyond having faith in Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, you have restored my faith in humanity. The love you had for Phyro and all that you did will never be forgotten. I am overwhelmed by what a wonderful person you are. Thank you for everything and for helping me give Phyro the last gift possible."
Emily CheungSimi 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