Orlando & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
Includes an 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 rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
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.
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 by the crematory.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
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.
Stacy Michele Blake, DVM
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.
Elizabeth Gill, DVM
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.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"We had our Zach for 16 years. He would have been 17 in October.
Yesterday we had Lap of Love come in and help my guy pass in peace and comfort. I will miss my guy for the rest of my life. He was certainly my guy and I his!
Dr. Annie called when I made the appointment. It was time, in fact it was beyond time.
Dr. Annie was sweet and calming when she arrived. My guy sat in his assigned section of the couch as he always did and simply passed in peace. Dr. Annie spend quite a lot of time with us, more than in a vet's office. Needless to say my Bride and I were broken up.
Although, it was time for Zach to go, Dr. Annie made it so calm and peaceful i couldn't believe the lack of stress.
The thought of taking my guy to the Vet, which he hated and feared, was not sitting right with me. My Vet told us about Lap of Love. IT worked peacefully.
It simply was one of the best things i did for all of us."
William MarshallLongwood, Florida
"Holli was a derpy,fun loving, energetic dog. About a year ago she got diagnosed with nasal cancer. The thought of this young dog being told she only had around 6 months more of life completely devistated me and my husband. I adopted her six years ago; she was still so young. I always planned on having her run around playing with kids we would have in the future.
We were able to get more time than six months with our girl. And when the time came, her tumor had grown too bad. It was affecting her breathing to the point where she would stop breathing; when she wouldn't wag her tail or give kisses. We knew we needed to call someone. Lap of Love and Dr. Elizabeth made the day better. It's always hard to see your fur child go, but Dr. Elizabeth was very kind and professional. She talked to us about our other dogs, wanted to know more about Holli's past. Did everything she could to make our day a bit easier.
I hope I do not have to use Lap of Love again any time soon, but if I do I know I will be asking if Dr. Elizabeth would be able to come back.
Thank you for making the day about Holli and how much of a great dog she was."
Michelle StarnesOrlando, Florida
"I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the entire staff at Lap of Love for helping us through one of the most difficult decisions we've ever had to make. From the first phone call to the last, everyone that we spoke to at Lap of Love was extremely pleasant, comforting and caring. We found out on April 25th that our darling Dixie Belle had cancer in her spleen and Liver. Her prognosis from the vet was anywhere from 3 weeks or less to 3 months. Of course, we were hopeful that it would be three months but God had other plans for our sweet pup. Each day her health became worse and her activity level became less and less. On Sunday, May 7th we made "the call " to Lap of Love. We had pondered many scenarios over the previous two weeks including hoping that she would pass away in her sleep , but with the help of Lap of Love we came to terms with allowing Dixie to pass peacefully without causing her more pain. When Dr. Annie arrived at our home on Monday May 8th, we were nervous and apprehensive. We had taken Dixie outside in the yard one last time and watched her take her last roll in the grass. I walked into our home with Dixie and my husband and Dr Annie came in a few minutes later. She came in and introduced herself. Like the others I had spoken with at Lap of Love, Dr. Annie was very comforting, very caring and very sweet. We immediately felt comforted and it was almost as if Dixie knew that Dr. Annie was there to help her. Dr. Annie sat on our floor and Dixie Belle sat right in front of her and looked up at her. With Dr. Annie's examination she confirmed that Dixie's time was nearing its end and that we had called before Dixie was in too much pain. Dr Annie explained the process to us, we asked questions, and she answered them all. She was patient, loving, caring and kind and allowed us to say our final goodbyes to our little girl. She explained the process and gave us "best" and "worst" case scenarios . The way that Dr. Annie explained the process put our hearts and mind at ease and we knew that even the "worst" situation was still going to be better than letting our baby continue to suffer in pain. Dr. Annie helped us through this difficult day and the outpouring of love and concern from Lap of Love over the last week continues to assure us that we made the right decision. Our little Dixie Belle took her last breath in the comfort of her home, in her favorite spot on the couch and surrounded by her family. We miss our Dixie Belle every day, but our memories of her bring us peace and make us smile. We are forever grateful to Lap of Love for their kindness and love, for the literature they provided us and the keepsake paw prints."
Shari BazemoreCHULUOTA, Florida
"Our family found ourselves in the difficult position of needing Lap of Love's services twice in the span of one month. Our 16-year old Lab needed help crossing over, and Dr. Annie was compassionate and caring, and allowed us to help her pass on in the comfort of home. Just a few weeks later, our sweet German Shorthaired Pointer decided she was ready to cross Rainbow Bridge, too. Losing one dog is heart-breaking...losing two so close together seems completely unfair. Dr. Annie's insight, wisdom and caring made an incredibly difficult task just a little easier. I highly recommend Lap of Love...allowing our sweet girls to be home, with our entire family, has made grieving a little easier. Thank you Dr. Annie."
Caroline RandallOrlando, Florida
"My husband and I sadly had to put our dog down earlier this week. We were told about lap of love by a few people and did some research. We were nervous at first, but this entire process and experience was the best anyone could ask for. Dr. Annie was so sweet and caring and helped us during such a difficult time. I would recommend this to anyone who has to go through this. Thank you Dr. Annie for making this experience as pleasant as possible. You are truly an angel."
Tanya HarleyOrlando, Florida
"When it became apparent that my sweet Sophie was ready to leave me, I reached out to Lap of Love and scheduled an appointment. An hour later I called and cancelled. Two days later, after receiving the results of a biopsy, I scheduled a same day appointment. Then two hours later called to say my dog had passed on her own. They were so gracious throughout and really allowed me to just focus on my dog. They asked if I wanted them to take her for cremation. They arrived early with my permission and Annie was so warm and understanding. There was no pressure to rush and I was allowed to assist with placing Sophie in the vehicle. It is these seemingly minor things that make a world of difference. The gentle way in which Sophie was placed on the gurney. The soft blanket that was wrapped on her body. I even appreciated Annie stating that she hoped she did not see me for a long time. It was a brief bit of levity that I needed. And while I certainly hope it is many years before I need their service, I know I will call them again. Annie made that final goodbye a lot more peaceful."
Steve BardyOrlando, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)
Helping families in the following counties:
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 $60 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.
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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
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