PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$265

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$365

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden 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 you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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 their Zellwood, FL location. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability. Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Meet The Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Desiree

Desiree Thomas

Growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., in one way or another, animals have always been part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of following our family poodle around our home. After a trip to the zoo in kindergarten, I set my sights on becoming a zookeeper. Of course, I also knew every dog and cat in the neighborhood. By middle school, my desire to work with animals evolved to wanting to be a veterinarian. I always wanted to know how to help injured or sick animals, whether it was the baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, or the neighborhood dog that was injured by a car. When we would take our own dog to the vet for care for epilepsy, I remember paying close attention to everything the vet did and said (and looking around at everything, including examining the vet's diploma). During high school I even worked at a small vet clinic, cleaning kennels, washing dogs, and helping around the clinic. 

I attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My time there included volunteering in the wildlife ward and working in the emergency room as a small animal technician. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, then later moved to the New River Valley in southwest Virginia continuing to practice for multiple years at a busy small animal/emergency clinic. I moved down to southwest Florida to be closer to family. My cats moved with me from Virginia to Florida, and I don't think they have ever looked back. My geriatric girl, Kiddo, loves to sun and snore out on the lanai while my young adult boy Zebedee loves chasing anole lizards every evening.

Working as a vet, I’m honored to help pet parents take care of their furry loved ones; from preserving quality of life to the eventual end of life care and helping alleviate suffering. Easing that passing with the pet at home, surrounded by family, is the most loving and compassionate gift that we can give to our beloved pets and it’s a privilege for me to help provide that care.

Dr. Maggie

Maggie Mottram

My earliest memory of veterinary medicine is taking our new golden retriever to get her first set of vaccinations when I was a young child. My mom says after that moment, I set my heart on becoming an animal doctor and nothing was going to change my mind. Many years later, I attended The Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree in Animal Science. After growing tired of the snow and cold weather, I completed veterinary school at St. George’s University located in the Caribbean on the island of Grenada. While I was there, I spent my time coordinating free health clinics for people and their pets. It was those clinics and moments that taught me the importance of the human-animal bond. People didn’t mind waiting in the heat or the rain; they just wanted to make sure their family pet was healthy.

After graduating veterinary school, I moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida to be closer to my family. After a couple of years in general practice, I realized I had a passion and calling for hospice and end of life care.  I find it extremely rewarding to help families find ways of providing a good quality of life and comfort to their pet in the final days, and to help guide and support them when it is time to say goodbye. It is such an honor to provide this service to pets at home, in an environment where they’re most comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. While our pets are only here for such a short time, they make such a large impact in every part of our life.

Much of my spare time is spent with family and our multitude of golden retrievers. I often recommend a good lint roller to anyone who comes to our family gatherings.  My golden retriever is named Beemer and he is well known for his crazy antics around the house. His two partners in crime are my cats, Harley and Arthur.

About Desiree Thomas

Growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., in one way or another, animals have always been part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of following our family poodle around our home. After a trip to the zoo in kindergarten, I set my sights on becoming a zookeeper. Of course, I also knew every dog and cat in the neighborhood. By middle school, my desire to work with animals evolved to wanting to be a veterinarian. I always wanted to know how to help injured or sick animals, whether it was the baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, or the neighborhood dog that was injured by a car. When we would take our own dog to the vet for care for epilepsy, I remember paying close attention to everything the vet did and said (and looking around at everything, including examining the vet's diploma). During high school I even worked at a small vet clinic, cleaning kennels, washing dogs, and helping around the clinic. 

I attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My time there included volunteering in the wildlife ward and working in the emergency room as a small animal technician. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, then later moved to the New River Valley in southwest Virginia continuing to practice for multiple years at a busy small animal/emergency clinic. I moved down to southwest Florida to be closer to family. My cats moved with me from Virginia to Florida, and I don't think they have ever looked back. My geriatric girl, Kiddo, loves to sun and snore out on the lanai while my young adult boy Zebedee loves chasing anole lizards every evening.

Working as a vet, I’m honored to help pet parents take care of their furry loved ones; from preserving quality of life to the eventual end of life care and helping alleviate suffering. Easing that passing with the pet at home, surrounded by family, is the most loving and compassionate gift that we can give to our beloved pets and it’s a privilege for me to help provide that care.

"Lap of Love is the best service you hope never to use. After frequent visits to the vet, we did not want our dog Bitsy's final trip to be there. Maggie came to our house and talked about our life with Bitsy. We laughed and cried, all the while loving on our dog. Maggie explained the entire process, what would happen and what to expect. We were able to say goodbye at home, in familiar surroundings, with her surrounded by those who loved her. Overall, it was a very emotional, solemn experience, which I would strongly recommend to anyone. Saying goodbye to a pet is never easy. Lap of Love made the process of dying at home a dignified service of Love."

Kraig Hankins
Cape Coral, Florida

"Dr. Desiree helped my Mother's cat Pumpkin cross the rainbow bridge yesterday.

She was so professional, compassionate and so very caring that even though the situation was very hard and sad she helped us through it. Thank you!!!!"

Lori Ditmar
Fort Myers, Florida

"Dr Desiree Thomas was so helping and caring and loving during the most difficult time. I so appreciate her dedication to loving our animals enough to continue her work during the pandemic.

I thank you very much."

Kerry Doyle
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

""On Sunday, May 10th, we made the heartbreaking and devastating decision to end the suffering of our sweet boy, Rio. Rio was like a child to us, and we struggled greatly with making the decision. After holding out hope we would be able to help him get better, we were faced with the reality that it just wasn't possible, and we could not stand to see him suffer another day of pain. Dr. Maggie came to our home and was an angel the moment she walked in the door. Rio went right to her, she loved on him and made him feel so comfortable and safe. She let him sniff all of her things and talked so soothingly to all of us, making sure we understood the process lovingly. She listened to my husband and I talk about all we had been through and how much we loved him, and never once made us feel we needed to hurry up or were taking too much time.

We gave Rio one of his favorite little bones to eat, and while he sat down to enjoy it, Dr. Maggie gave him a little shot to help him relax. The way she did it, he didn't even mind it. That shot allowed our sweet boy to actually relax, for the first time in so long, and truly enjoy eating that bone. He had been unable to sit next to us and allow us to touch him without pain, and that shot gave the three of us several precious and unforgettable minutes of peace and love together that I will cherish forever. After eating his bone, Rio fell into such a peaceful sleep, snoring lightly like he used to do when he felt better and was comfortable. Only then did Dr. Maggie begin the secondary process of accessing a vein, which she made a point to do in a way that did not interrupt my husband and I continuing to pet and love on him, telling him how very much we loved him and what an amazing boy he had always been to us.

Our baby, Rio, left his pain and suffering behind here, listening to music that he loved, in an atmosphere he felt comfortable and safe in. He didn't have the stress of a car ride, and the knowledge he was at a clinic yet again. He was home, where he belonged, and where he was happiest, with the people he loved and who loved him so desperately in return. We had several minutes alone with him after he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we were able to grieve with him privately during that time. Dr. Maggie came back into the home with a beautiful basket and blanket, which we placed Rio on and continued to love on him. Dr. Maggie treated Rio with such love, such respect, and comforted us the entire time, letting us know we had done the right thing. She also made us a clay paw print and collected a lock of his hair for us to keep and treasure.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Maggie sent us an email, checking in to see how we were and thanking us for giving her the chance to get to meet our sweet boy. We were having such a hard time finding a way to begin to move forward, and she anticipated that. She suggested we consider making a memorial, and provided the link for us to see what others were posting about their own losses. It was exactly what we needed to start the process of finding a way to cope with our loss. Our lives will never be the same, we will always miss that wonderful boy, but we take comfort in knowing that we were able to give him the honor and gift of being where he would most want to be, with the people he adored, when it was time for him to go home. The hardest day of our lives with him was also the most beautiful, because we were all together as he passed, and we knew he felt loved and cherished. There are no words to express our gratitude.""

Carolynn Gamez
Fort Myers, Florida

"On Sunday, May 10th, we made the heartbreaking and devastating decision to end the suffering of our sweet boy, Rio. Rio was like a child to us, and we struggled greatly with making the decision. After holding out hope we would be able to help him get better, we were faced with the reality that it just wasn't possible, and we could not stand to see him suffer another day of pain. Dr. Maggie came to our home and was an angel the moment she walked in the door. Rio went right to her, she loved on him and made him feel so comfortable and safe. She let him sniff all of her things and talked so soothingly to all of us, making sure we understood the process lovingly. She listened to my husband and I talk about all we had been through and how much we loved him, and never once made us feel we needed to hurry up or were taking too much time.

We gave Rio one of his favorite little bones to eat, and while he sat down to enjoy it, Dr. Maggie gave him a little shot to help him relax. The way she did it, he didn't even mind it. That shot allowed our sweet boy to actually relax, for the first time in so long, and truly enjoy eating that bone. He had been unable to sit next to us and allow us to touch him without pain, and that shot gave the three of us several precious and unforgettable minutes of peace and love together that I will cherish forever. After eating his bone, Rio fell into such a peaceful sleep, snoring lightly like he used to do when he felt better and was comfortable. Only then did Dr. Maggie begin the secondary process of accessing a vein, which she made a point to do in a way that did not interrupt my husband and I continuing to pet and love on him, telling him how very much we loved him and what an amazing boy he had always been to us.

Our baby, Rio, left his pain and suffering behind here, listening to music that he loved, in an atmosphere he felt comfortable and safe in. He didn't have the stress of a car ride, and the knowledge he was at a clinic yet again. He was home, where he belonged, and where he was happiest, with the people he loved and who loved him so desperately in return. We had several minutes alone with him after he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we were able to grieve with him privately during that time. Dr. Maggie came back into the home with a beautiful basket and blanket, which we placed Rio on and continued to love on him. Dr. Maggie treated Rio with such love, such respect, and comforted us the entire time, letting us know we had done the right thing. She also made us a clay paw print and collected a lock of his hair for us to keep and treasure.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Maggie sent us an email, checking in to see how we were and thanking us for giving her the chance to get to meet our sweet boy. We were having such a hard time finding a way to begin to move forward, and she anticipated that. She suggested we consider making a memorial, and provided the link for us to see what others were posting about their own losses. It was exactly what we needed to start the process of finding a way to cope with our loss. Our lives will never be the same, we will always miss that wonderful boy, but we take comfort in knowing that we were able to give him the honor and gift of being where he would most want to be, with the people he adored, when it was time for him to go home. The hardest day of our lives with him was also the most beautiful, because we were all together as he passed, and we knew he felt loved and cherished. There are no words to express our gratitude."

Carolynn Gamez
Fort Myers, Florida

"Dr Maggie making our baby comfortable meant the world to us letting us share her life story and loving her until the end."

Stephanie Small
North Ft Myers, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (239) 947-0588

Specialized Veterinary Services - Ft. Myers

  (239) 993-8878

Florida Veterinary Referral Center - Estero

  (239) 261-4404

Avow Pet Loss Support Group

  (239) 992-8387

Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists - Bonita Springs

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Naples and Ft. Myers areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“To my best friend. I will miss you forever. You gave my family all the love and comfort we needed. Life will not be the same without you. I know you are running with the angels chasing tennis balls, rolling in the grass, swimming and digging in the snow. I only wish I could be with you. You will always be in my heart.”
Kerry Doyle
May 18, 2020
“My dearest Rio,
You came to me when I needed you most, and you were with me in the hardest times of my life. When we first met, I had no idea you would impact my life in the way you did. I had no idea the sheer depth of the love I would have for you, or the extent of the joy and happiness you would bring to my life. And I could not possibly ...
Carolynn Gamez
May 17, 2020
“11 years I loved you from the moment you came into our lives. I will remember how much you loved me and was always there.Heaven gained the most loyal loving girl.”
Stephanie Small
May 9, 2020
“My Peanut was born in my kitchen in NY. He was one of the most beautiful doggies I have ever seen. His fur was like chenille. He always made the tip of his tongue stick out. He used to make little squeaky sounds. Peanut was the sweetest and most loving animal. I was blessed to have him in my life. He bought me much joy and happiness. Always ...
Maria Cirulli
May 3, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

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Lap of Love
PO Box 61166
Fort Myers, Florida 33907

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