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.
"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
"I am grateful for Lap of Love. I have used their service twice. Most recently, my sweet elderly dog, Sammi, took a turn for the worse on a weekend. I contacted Lap of Love on a Sunday morning and Dr. Jessica Spitzer came to my house at 1pm. Dr. Jessica is kind, compassionate, professional and unobtrusive. Dr. Jessica was there to help my dog but did not interfere with my final moments with Sammi. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Jessica Spitzer."
Simi Valley, California
"All of the praise for Dr.Jessica is very well deserved indeed. She was an angel in our time of need, and was able to make the long drive to Ojai on short notice and arrived around 9pm the same day. We had dimmed the lights in the house and had candles placed around, calming music playing, and lavender essential oil in the diffuser. We were all able to be on our bed together (our sweet Georgia's favorite spot), and Jessica was just as caring as can be, and reassured both us and Georgia that we were making the right decision and made the transition as peaceful as possible. We were the last thing she saw when she passed away in the comfort of her own home, and I can't imagine a better way to say goodbye, although saying goodbye after 15 years together was one of the most difficult things we've ever done."
Sally EnglandOjai, California
"Dr. Jessica from Lap of Love arrived quickly and on short notice to spare our dog Buster, from any more pain of from T cell Lymphoma. We are grateful to her for giving Buster a peaceful and painless passing, where he was comfortable & loved. Thank you! ☺
7/14/08 - 7/11/17
After a courageous four month battle with T cell lymphoma, our beloved pup Buster passed away peacefully at home with his family (Kent, Relah and his little brother Rooney by his side.) Buster's medications and supplements were no longer effective and his lymph node was making it difficult for Buster to breath. However, Buster had a perfect last day.
We woke at 6:30 and went for a long walk followed by play and a swim in Relah’s pool. Buster had a nap then had lots of fresh chicken and other goodies. Later in the afternoon we all went swimming again and Buster got to play with his favorite toy (my hat.) After about an hour in the pool, Buster got to have his first fudgesicle and he loved it. When the Dr. Jessica from Lap of Love arrived the pups greeted her and we were able to take as long as we want to say goodbye. Buster was extremely relaxed and ready to take a nap by the time we were ready.
We can't wait until we can once again be together.
Kent, Relah & Rooney
Here’s a Video of Buster putting his toys away – he was a very sweet & tidy boy ☺"
Relah EcksteinTarzana, California
"My deepest thanks to Dr. Spitzer who came on short notice and whose compassion and gentleness contributed to a beautiful transition for George - out on the deck in the sun where he loved to nap. Your loving care helped make this painful process a bit softer."
Marianne WunchSimi 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