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
"Beau, our mixed bread hound of 14.5 years had gotten to the point where he couldn't get up on all fours without assistance from me or my wife. He also couldn't control his bodily functions. Lap of Love was recommended by a close friend. When I contacted them, they were very kind. They only asked a few questions and exhibited so much compassion. A couple of weeks later when we were ready to make the tough decision to let Beau go peacefully, the scheduling was so easy. Dr. Annie arrived right on time. She should so much tenderness and compassion for Beau, my wife and myself. Dr. Annie was never rushed and explained everything before she did anything. Dr. Annie showed Beau such dignity. The four of us were on the ground together as Beau went in to a deep gentle sleep. As you can imagine, this was a painful time for our family, but Dr Annie made it as tolerable as possible with her kindness."
andy abernathyMaitland, Florida
"My golden retriever was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. The cancer was aggressive and we didn't want her to suffer so we looked into Lap of Love to help us at home. Although unsure of the right time to do this Dr. Annie assured us we were making the best decision for Baysie. Dr. Annie was kind and respectful and made us feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. She also send a nice card which made me feel so touched that she continued to think of us after she left. I recommend Dr. Annie to anyone who needs help at home with their beloved pet."
Nicole M.DeBary, Florida
"This is still so very hard on me. I let the love of my life go on June 6, 2017~ after promising her that I would when she showed me a sign. Tassy was a full chow~chow~ my 5th one and by far the best!!! We had lost her sister, Akayla, a Siberian husky 2 years earlier. Dr. Annie was so kind and tender, she understood how important Tassy was to me. There was no rush and all was so calm and peaceful. I only wish I had had Annie for Akayla. She even helped me to wrap my baby up for burial~she is next to sister out back. You people have a hard hard job, my decision to let Tassy go nearly has killed me, and I am crying rivers as I type this. I want to thank you so much for being with me and helping me to let Tassy go in a calm, peaceful way. I also want to thank the staff for caring enough to check up on me, as they all knew just how much Tassy meant to me~because you see~ Tassy was not really mine, but Gods' and he had given her to me to care for and I was judged on the way I cared for Tassy and Akayla. They both were kept in show condition and gave their lives to and for me. Again, Miss Annie, thank you so much for the love you showed Tassy and me. Sincerely, Cynthia RIP mommas' love~ run now with Akayla, run my love, run."
Cynthia MetzingOrange city, Florida
"I want to thank Dr Elizabeth for all her help & compassion through this terrible, heartbreaking time. She was super nice & let us take our time saying goodbye to my precious Daisy. She made us all feel better about the hard choice I had to make. She was a blessing & I love her."
Beverly ClineKissimmee, Florida
"Booger was my 17 year old shih tzu that I had since high school. He was a spunky dog with a huge personality. The best pet anyone could ask for. The last few months were rough on him. After countless visits to the vet and a sharp decline in his quality of life I was referred to lap of love. I was very hesitant at first, but I couldn't bear to see my baby in so much pain. Dr Elizabeth came out to our house and sat with my husband and I, watched us cry, listened to our stories, and helped booger ease his pain. I am so great full that I didn't have to scare him by bringing him to the vet again, and that he was able to pass in the comfort of our home, painlessly. I have never done anything like this before, but highly recommend this service."
Mallory PandaOviedo, Florida
"I was amazed by Dr Annie! She is truly a gift for animal lovers. She sat on the floor with me while I cried and lovingly explained everything what was going to happen. She shared her experience, strength and hope with me as she guided my Beloved Maggie to rainbow bridge. I will always send my pets on in this way. Dr. Annie and the staff at Lap of Love were gentle and so respectful during this difficult time."
Laurie CampbellOcoee, 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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