PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.

EUTHANASIA$275

Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, peaceful euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.

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 Eve, 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 rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$275

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 between 5-7 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 19 pounds$75
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$150

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 in a pet cemetery. 

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. Annie

Annie Dion-Byrd

Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.

I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.

I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members. 

 

Dr. Stacy

Stacy Blake

I was born and raised in Decatur, IL, the “Soybean Capital of the World.”  One of my fondest childhood memories is from my eleventh birthday, when a gray kitten wearing a pink bow jumped out of a box and into my heart.  Being my first pet cat, Hilary (named after a character on "All My Children" in the 80s) was a gift that would pave my road to veterinary medicine.  Through the years, she gave me comfort and made me laugh.  I couldn’t imagine life without her.  I’d always loved animals, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.”  Then one day, I honestly had one of those “aha moments" while standing in a pet store at the local mall.  I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for animals!  

While in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I gained experience with horses, cows, pigs and goats, but cats and dogs were still my favorites.  I graduated with my DVM degree in 1999, and could not wait to escape the cold Midwestern winters to start my career in sunny Orlando, FL.  Of course, Hilary moved along with me.  She was starting to show signs of her advancing age.  A few years later, while battling several chronic illnesses, I could see a decline in her quality of life and I knew it was time to say "goodbye."  I loved Hilary for 18 years, and she taught me first-hand, the strength of the human-animal bond.  

I have worked in small-animal, general practice now for over fifteen years, and I enjoy seeing excited “new parents” with puppies & kittens, but I find the challenges of caring for older companion animals to be much more rewarding.  I have such respect for my aging patients, and I have had the privilege of seeing many of them through their entire lives.  Our pets are living longer, and I strive to make their “golden years” the best they can be.  And when it’s time, I want to make the end-of-life process less stressful and more peaceful for these beloved animals. 

Dr. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gill

Even as a child growing up in Clearwater, Florida, I had a strong desire to help animals in need. I finally convinced my parents to let me have a puppy, then a kitten, and ultimately a horse, a little girl’s dream come true. It was ultimately that horse that led me to become a veterinarian. When I was 16, she suffered a severe injury and I was faced with a life or death decision. I took it upon my 16 year old shoulders to nurse her back to health and from that day forward I dedicated myself to learning all that I could about veterinary medicine and I have strived to provide the very best care I possibly could to all my furry patients.

I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM in 2005, and started my veterinary career as an equine vet. A few years into that career path, I was pulled into companion animal medicine and though I still love horses, I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to helping the smaller varieties of pets. I have spent my career trying to extend animal’s lives as long as possible, and I now feel privileged to be able to provide as peaceful a passing as possible to those furry beloved family members who are no longer experiencing the quality of life they deserve.

Dr. Lauren

Lauren Peek, DVM

I can’t imagine a time in my life that I didn’t want to become a veterinarian!  From a very young age, I began volunteering with my local humane society, fostering young animals and assisting with their adoptions.  When I was 15, I had a job as a kennel technician in an all cat clinic and advanced to become a veterinary technician by the time I had graduated high school.  Throughout college and my years leading up to veterinary school, I made it a personal goal to get as much experience as possible with all different kinds of animals.  I worked with farm animals, as an equine technician, and was even a reproductive biology intern at Disney’s Animal Kingdom before starting veterinary school.  

Since graduation from the University of Florida, I have worked as a small animal veterinarian in both Florida and Tennessee. Euthanasia and hospice care have always been an important part of veterinary medicine for me.  I lost my mom to cancer many years before starting veterinary school, so I understand firsthand the importance of hospice care for loved ones and the comfort it brings to their families. Ultimately, that life experience helped lead me to Lap of Love. I am honored to provide this incredible type of care in addition to peace and comfort to both you and your beloved pet.  Our pets give us unconditional love, so giving them comfort during their final moments and a peaceful passing in your arms is the best gift anyone can give them in return!

I have always been a Florida girl and recently moved back to my hometown of Orlando with my husband, 2 sons and 2 cats.  I am so happy to be back in the Sunshine State and grateful to be a part of the Lap of Love family! It is truly a privilege and an honor to be there for you!

About Annie Dion-Byrd

Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.

I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.

I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members. 

 

"Dr. Lauren was absolutely wonderful in assisting us with Pumpkin's final journey. We cannot express our gratitude enough to her - Thank you, Dr. Lauren!"

Brian Dupre
Winter Garden, Florida

"Our Baby Girl (11 year old Great Dane) had to cross the rainbow bridge. I can not express the love and care Dr. Annie gave us from the time she called us on the way to our house until she pull out of the driveway with Harleigh. Dr. Annie did a full exam and expressed to us it was definitely time for our baby to go to bed due to her breathing and her progressing Caner. I trust EVERYTHING Dr. Annie says 100% and I do not know how to thank her enough for how she took care of all of us, I seriously just love her so much. I am so thankful for you Dr Annie for not only doing the job you do and not having Harleigh spend her last minutes in a cold lonely vet room but loving the job you do by ensuring the animals are in total comfort the entire time. Thank you so so so much <3 Melissa Crawford."

Melissa and Thomas Crawford
Oakland, Florida

"The choice to say goodbye to our girl Cordelia was the hardest ever. We saw she was declining but trying so hard to be present with our family and hang on. We were saying heartfelt goodbyes each night and praying for her to pass peacefully in her sleep. As the weeks stretched on with her getting slower and less steady, we had to help her as best we could. The staff at Lap of Love was amazing. I barely was able to make the appointment through strong emotion, but they were supportive and consoling. Dr. Stacy Blake was so very compassionate. She assessed Cordelia and patiently helped us prepare. The process was peaceful and loving. Holding my girl as she relaxed and drifted off was difficult, but so comforting to be able to be the last loving arms and whispers she knew. Dr. Blake made the whole process feel safe and serene.

I used to think I could never bear euthanasia for my pets, but I have recommended Lap of Love to many co-workers and friends who are facing end of life decisions for beloved furry family. While we miss Cordelia every day, and grieve; I know we did the best for her by allowing her to pass in love and peace , surrounded by her favorite things. I think its what anyone could wish for at the end of a well-lived life. Lap of Love, and Dr. Stacy Blake made the experience a beautiful one."


Orlando, Florida

"Jamey is a black Lab, aged 15 years, whom I've had since he was 6 weeks old. He was first acquired by my son Matt who brought him into the home as a tiny ball of fur with a black nose. Over the years he transformed from an energetic puppy to a frisky young dog and finally into a graceful old man. He also deeply burrowed his way into the hearts of Matt, me and many others. His health started declining a few years ago. He had surgery for laryngeal paralysis and then was diagnosed with arthritis. Walking, breathing, eating were all hard on him. Finally, his condition got to the point that he was miserable and I was faced with the decision of freeing him from the misery or keeping him around for me. After agonizing over the decision, I call Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. Dr. Annie arrived and could see that I was already a mess. Matt and Barbara were with me to help Jamey and me through this. She was very gentle and thorough in explaining the process of euthanasia to us. She was also very gentle when working with Jamey. As the initial medicine took effect, we watched as Jamey got sleepy. Matt, very gently, laid his head down on the carpet. After the second medication was administered, we watched as the light went out in Jamey's eyes and knew that he had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Jamey was a wonderful pet and companion. He could read my emotions and feelings. Dr. Annie handled this terrible ordeal like a true professional and helped us all get through the process. He will be cremated and his ashes returned to his home where he lived in love his entire 15 year life. He will be so desperately missed. Picture of Matt and Jamey."

JOSEPH THOMAS
Casselberry, Florida

"She was very sympathetic, patient & understanding. I couldn't have asked for better for our baby."

Grant & Bradie McLean
Casselberry, Florida

"Dr. Lauren was so sweet she explained the process gave us time to be with Pandora during all the process I’m so grateful that she was the veterinarian sent I got a really good vibe from her I’m so grateful for her she is the best and was so patient and empathetic I’m truly honored and happy I met her."

Iris DeJesus
Kissimmee, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Hotline

  (352) 392-4700

University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (863) 324-3340

Veterinary Healthcare Associates

Pet Loss Resource

  (321) 821-4871

The Pet Loss Center

Emergency Clinic

  (407) 438-4449

Veterinary Emergency Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (407) 273-3336

Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Seminole

Orange

Osceola

Polk

Lake

Volusia

Our veterinarians proudly serve all or some of the counties named above. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of up to $100 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.

 

Pet Memorials
“Thank you, Pumpkin, for sharing your life with us and giving us love, laughs, and the pleasure of your company over these 18 years! Please give your Mom our love, and say hello to your former playmates, Cosette, Misty Mouse, and Pepper!”
Brian Dupre
July 18, 2019
“Our sweet sweet boy, Kiwi. Such a handsome, loving & noble boy you were. You touched our hearts so deeply & we are so grateful that we had you for the time we did. You'll never know just how much we miss and love you, our home will never be the same without you. Now that you're in Heaven, cancer free - Mommy and Daddy must remember you are no ...
Grant & Bradie McLean
July 8, 2019
“Pandora was my sons first pet and the diva of our house . Her little sister Lulú will miss her dearly we will all miss her.”
Iris DeJesus
July 7, 2019
“Sam was a puppy when he came to live with us, my husband thought he was going to be a good hunting dog, it didn't take long for him to be my shadow. He become my baby no doubts in his mind. Sam was not a lap dog by any means, but if I would lay on the floor, he was right beside me, slept on the bed and shared all our camping trips. He loved the ...
Charlene Partin
June 17, 2019
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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 916613
Longwood, Florida 32791

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd.

Lap Of Love Locations
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin