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.
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
"Lap of Love was very compassionate and supportive during one of the hardest times of our lives. When we realized that Bella could not suffer any more we contacted Lap of Love and they listened to our feelings and discussed our options. Dr. Jessica helped us make the passing of Bella dignified and peaceful."
Julie UngerleiderCamarillo, California
"After our precious little miniature schnauzer, Chloe, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we contacted Lap of Love. Dr. Jessica was just what we needed at this time, providing us with much needed information and a plan to assess Chloe’s quality of life, so we could ultimately make the best decision for all of us. Because of Dr. Jessica, we were able to enjoy over two more weeks with Chloe. She answered our calls immediately, made a quick house call to drop off a medication, and talked us through a few mini-crises. When the day came to say goodbye to Chloe, Dr. Jessica was gentle, patient and oh so comforting. After thirteen wonderful years with our Chloe, on September 20, 2018, I was able to hold her on my chest in the comfort of our home and peacefully say goodbye. Dr. Jessica was wonderful that evening and in the following days, checking in with us to provide personal words of comfort, as well as references for grief support, if needed. Her professional, yet personal touch is a gift. I’m so grateful she was with us during this difficult time."
Debbie and Bruce ThomasSimi Valley, California
"Our vet recommended Lap Of Love as my family and I were approaching the difficult decision to euthanize our beloved 17 year old cat. My experience from the very first call to Lap of Love (Lynn) and subsequently with the vet, Dr. Jessica Spitzer, was exactly what I was hoping for...patient, kind and caring. Dr. Spitzer made this difficult time manageable for us from the moment she came into our home until we said goodbye to our darling cat. Thank you Dr. Spitzer and Lap of Love."
Kathy MWestlake Village, California
"This was the hardest thing we've ever done. My call to Lap of Love was handled by the sweetest, most compassionate person ever. Tiffany was wonderful. She made me feel comfortable even though I was crying my eyes out and could barely talk. Our corgi of fourteen years, Moose, was suffering from degenerative myelopathy and cancer, and we had to make that last decision for him. When Dr. Jessica came the next day, she was wonderful. Very caring and understanding. She made us feel that we had made the right decision, and also made us feel comfortable even though we were not ourselves. Our baby was able to pass peacefully in our arms, in his home where he felt comfortable all his life. We didn't want to take him somewhere that he had always been afraid to go. This was our final act of kindness for him, and he passed along right there with us to comfort him. It has been 2 and half months since that day, and I still cry every day. Every single day. Especially right now. That is why it's taken me so long to write this testimonial. Dr. Jessica and I made a pawprint of Moose, and snipped a few precious locks of fur off of him to keep with us forever. We received Moose's ashes back in a nice wooden urn in a couple of weeks. For the worst experience of my life, it was the best it could have been, thanks to Lap of Love. I will always be grateful for their compassion. I highly recommend Lap of Love."
Judy WilsonSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Spitzer was very helpful during a difficult time. Saying good-bye to our friend was heart breaking, but Dr. Spitzer was caring and practical in helping us through it. We are grateful for the opportunity to make our good-bye a peaceful experience in our home."
"Dr. Jessica was great. Took the time to talk with me so I could make the decision to let Tina go. She sat with me and talked and helped me stay calm during the process."
Karen KennedySherman Oaks, 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