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.
"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
"We accidentally found out about Lap of Love just days before we were in need of Dr. Jessica services in June 2015. Our darling little Bischon, Fanny (24 yrs) had been battling liver and kidney problems due to congestive heart failure for 6 months. One night she just gave me the look and I knew it was time. Little did we know how soon it would be that we would need Dr. Jessica again. Three months later, our Maltese-Poodle mix, Higgins (12) just unexpectedly became so ill, the Vet did not think he would make it a week; 7 months later we were calling here again as our almost 20 year old order Collie-Sheltie mix had several debilitating seisures. Dr. Jessica was once again at our home for the 3rd time in 10 months, and while I did not think I would survive losing my babies, she helped so much, giving each of our kids a farewell full of dignity and grace. I immediately trusted her with the final care of our kids. These 3 pups along with a 4th, a Bischon-Poodle mix (13.5) Marcello, had been together as a pack for 10 years. Marcello, had diabetes and was blind for 3.5 years, with each of the others passings he had plopped himself upon the pile of pillow, to offer his warmth and lovevas they made their final journey. On July 3, 2017 it was his time to make that trip. It was extraordinally difficult as he was such a special of boy, kind, sweet and loving even after enduring thousands of insulin injections and blood sugar draws, he would squeal but never snapped and never held grudges, always happy waggin his little tailess butt. And he was't alone, with his puppy bother/sister to right there to with him as he'd been for every member of his pack.
Each time we've needed Lap of Love & Dr. Jessica, she's been there for us and we feel so blessed to have her in our lives. She is part of our family and we LOVE her! Thank you to all the Vets at Lap of Love who give this blessed gift to us and our kids, making the worst day of our lives just a little bit easier."
Beverly WerneburgPort Hueneme, California
"It was our very good fortune to have been referred to Lap of Love. Our regular vet, while amazing, doesnt make house calls and we decided it would be nice for our sweet boy to die at home with dignity and in peace. Lap of Love does a special public service. They think of all the details. Compassionate when setting the appointment, respectful requesting payment. Arriving on time and fairly quickly. Having all the details explained in advance, never made us feel rushed. Treating our family, our patient and our other pets with the upmost consideration. If you need the services of end of life care for your pet, you wont find a better service."
Bonnie SterlingSimi Valley, California
"Dr. Jessica was the most compassionate, gentle, intelligent veterinarians I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She took such wonderful care of my dog Magnus on his final day. She gave me and my children the time we needed with him, explained everything in a warm and empathetic manner, administered his final shots with extreme care and was so wonderful in reassuring us that we had made the right decision for our beloved pet. I would highly recommend her and Lap of Love for anyone that truly wishes to honor their animal family members with a passing that is at home, in the company of loved ones with a professional that is so incredibly kind and loving. Thank you Dr. Jessica! Also, thank you to Tina who took so much time with me on the phone and showed equal amounts of love and compassion as she set up my appointment. You are both angels!!"
Grace GetzenSimi Valley, California
"As a family, we came to the difficult decision to put both of our dogs down.
It was important to us that they go together, at home, and with their family around them.
When Dr. Jessica got here I was not happy to see her and I wasn't really nice.
She was so understanding and thoughtfully answered all of my questions.
Our dogs went to sleep peacefully, and painlessly and I am quite certain that the reason is a result of the skill with which Dr. Jessica did her job.
This was a terrible thing for us to go through and I am so grateful that we were able to send our dogs off with love and that they felt no pain, no suffering and simply peacefully went to sleep while we hugged them and cried.
Thank you Dr. Jessica. I really am very thankful for what you did for us and I will never forget it.
Joe, Tori, Blake & Tyler"
Joseph LeeWest Hills, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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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