Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$265

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.

Peaceful Euthanasia$265

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.

Geriatric Consultation$265

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 pounds or more$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 pounds or more$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.

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, 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. 

 

Dr. Stacy

Stacy 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. 

Dr. Elizabeth

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.

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, 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. 

 

"It has taken me nearly nine months to put into words the gratitude we feel for Dr. Annie's assistance during one of the most difficult experiences of our life. After witnessing a quickening decline of our beloved 13-year-old dog, we knew it was time to make the compassionate decision to let him go peacefully. Making the call to Lap of Love was agonizing, but from the very first person I spoke to, we were treated with such kindness. The day of the appointment, Dr. Annie could not have been more gentle and patient. Her calm, nurturing presence helped us through every stage of the process. She explained everything that she was going to do and let us set the pace. As emotional and challenging as that day was, I will be eternally grateful for the service that Lap of Love and Dr. Annie provide, and for giving us the gift of letting our Dexter pass comfortably and surrounded by love in his own bed."

Brittany Richards
Maitland, Florida

"Dr. Annie was simply the most gracious, kind, patient and caring person through the entire process. I recommend her and Lap of Love to anyone and everyone who is considering this service. Having the last moment's of our little guy's life be calm and peaceful, at home and in my arms, with myself and my husband telling him how much we love him and will miss him was the best gift we could give him as well as ourselves. Dr. Annie again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Donna & Joe Matracea"

Donna Matracea
Ocoee, Florida

"Thank you Dr. Stacy for your patience, tenderness and compassion for us and for our little lady Luna love. I am grateful you were there. Words can't express how important Lap of Love was to us in those difficult moments."

Tara Concelman
Orlando, Florida

"I cannot speak highly enough of your doctor, Dr. Annie, or your service. The compassion and professionalism that were exhibited by both the doctor and the persons who fielded my emergency call were remarkable. My beloved Wendy did not suffer and was able to pass in her own bed that she slept in peacefully. I could not be more grateful. Having had many companion animals in my life, and unfortunately having to euthanize several, I am unsure why anyone would choose another service."


Winter Garden, Florida

"Dr. Stacy was truly amazing and so compassionate through this very difficult time. Such an incredible experience by Lap of Love to provide a dignified and peaceful way to help your loved pet pass over."

Matthew Barbee
Winter Park, Florida

"Sincere, kind, compassionate care at this most difficult time. Thank you Dr. Annie❤️

Red Australian Cattle Dog “Bucky”

My best friend, companion and protector. 💝🌹"

Peter Aloisio
Winter Park, 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 counties:

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
“Missing you. Listening for your footsteps, or your snort as you look for me. You were constantly where I was and I miss tripping over you. We all miss you but hope you are chasing little yellow balls with the patient souls at the rainbow bridge. Thank you for blessing us. I will never forget you my little lady Luna love.”
Tara Concelman
January 10, 2019
“"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."”
Karen Michaels
December 23, 2018
“Sweet Sydney was truly larger than life. So full of love and passion for people, friends and of course, all her toys. She was a big sister and companion to her litter mate and little sister Gracie, and always looked out for Gracie and kept her close and secure. Sydney was a diva, had expensive taste in toys and always wanting to carry on a good ...
Matthew Barbee
December 20, 2018
“Shirley had the most tender, sweet heart and fun-loving personality. She loved to walk, travel and hide her treats. She was always ready for the next adventure. She would howl and sing every time I came home. I will miss her face at the window everyday.”
Jennifer Velde
December 14, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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

P.O. Box 916613
Longwood , FL 32791-6613

Owned And Operated

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

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