Chicago & Surrounding Suburbs
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 his condition.
Includes a brief 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.
Includes an examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition and discuss symptom management, including pain and anxiety. We will 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.
Holiday appointments may be available. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), 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 ferrets, hamsters and rabbits. 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 within a velvet bag. They are available directly from the crematory, can be mailed to you for $25, or can be hand-delivered to your home for an additional fee.
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 together.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are often available 7 days a week. We do our best to be available whenever needed, often within 1-3 hours, but this may vary with location, time of day, and prior commitments. The more advance notice given, the easier it is to schedule the appointment time desired. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Local Resources section below.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Juliana Lyles, DVM
Like many veterinarians, I knew I wanted to be an “animal doctor” from the time I was very young. Even though I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with its abundance of domestic pets, there was never a shortage of injured wild animals, such as rabbits, baby birds, and even a field mouse or two whose tiny little eyes had not even opened yet, which needed my loving care.
I continued working towards my goal of becoming a veterinarian by receiving my bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Genetics from Iowa State University and my veterinary degree from Mississippi State University, where I also met my husband, William. We later added a furry member to our family, our adorable cat Trika.
Throughout my veterinary career I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of medical disciplines. I interned at an exotic animals only practice, cared for working Clydesdales and even studied animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. When my husband joined the army in 2010, we were relocated to Fayetteville, NC, where I concurrently worked at a small animal practice. After my husband completed his military contract, we moved back to my hometown of Chicagoland, where we plan to stay indefinitely.
I have always respected the bond between pets and their care givers, including the end of life care they receive. While I was still a young pre-veterinary student, I had to euthanize my beloved 11 year old ferret, and I realized how peaceful and comforting a process this can be when it’s done with the utmost respect and care . As a veterinarian, I hope to pass that reassurance on to all clients with whom I have the privilege of working.
Kristina Kalivoda, DVM
I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in a family that has always valued pets as members of the family. I wasn’t entirely certain I wanted to be a veterinarian, ironically because I wasn’t sure I could handle euthanasia. I received my degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and then took a year off to work full time in a veterinary clinic as an assistant. We had only ever had dogs growing up, and I didn’t “understand” cats at all, but it was at that clinic that the hospital cat decided to attach himself to me and show me the way.
I attended vet school at the University of Illinois the next year, graduating at the top of my class. While in vet school, I discovered a passion for working with exotic animals, and completed an internship in zoological medicine at Texas A&M University, followed by a residency in avian and exotic animal medicine at Cornell University. I did miss working with dogs and especially cats, and have spent the last few years in practice working with all species.
Along the way, I collected several cats, including my long-haired orange guy Apollo. After moving back to the Chicagoland area, Apollo started to lose weight, vomit, and drink a large amount of water. He was already in severe kidney failure at the age of five. I kept him stable and happy for almost twelve months with intensive hospice care at home. He let me do everything I needed there, but he hated the hospital, so when it came time to say goodbye to him, I decided to let him pass at home. I was so surprised by how peaceful it was for him. I am so honored now to help other families say goodbye to their beloved pets peacefully and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.
I currently live in the northwest suburbs. I most recently said goodbye to my best buddy Oscar, an amazing brown tabby who saw me through all my schooling. I have a three-legged leopard gecko named Achilles, a cockatiel named Percival (Percy), and my little black cat Imp.
Karen Gadberry, DVM
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs in a pet loving family. Throughout my life, I have spent countless hours loving and caring for many creatures. I always knew I wanted to give back to animals, and decided to turn my love of animals and science into a veterinary career. I graduated from veterinary school at the University of Illinois, and have worked as a general practice veterinarian in the Chicago suburbs for over 15 years. I also have a Masters in Public Health, with a focus on the spread of animal disease. Recently, I volunteered for the Village of Skokie Animal Control to develop a euthanasia program that helped minimize stress on sick and injured wildlife.
During my time in general practice, I found that one of my most important responsibilities is helping owners at the end of their pet’s life. When it was time to euthanize my Sheltie, Gwen, who had been with me since early on in veterinary school, I helped her pass peacefully in our home. I realized how comforting it was for both her and I to allow her to drift away sleeping in her favorite spot. I hope to be able to give that same comfort to other pets and their families by helping provide comfortable end of life care and a peaceful passing in their home.
Juliana Lyles, DVM
"Dr. Karen was just the kindest, most considerate soul. She made a heart rending situation as easy to bear as possible. It was so comforting that she explained everything she was going to do as she went along, and how the kitty would be responding. She assured me that it was fine for me to take as much time as I needed along the way, and treated Gracie with such gentleness and respect. I am so thankful that I chose you to help me through this awful time. Thank you so very much."
Dorothy WebsterChicago, Illinois
"Dr Karen was phenomenal. She was such a calming and caring presence in such a traumatic and sad time. She spent some time with Tessie, getting to know her (and me) a bit. She allowed me the time I needed to spend my last moments with Tessie, which meant the world, and I never felt rushed. She allowed me to do what I wanted to do, so I chose to hold Tessie in my arms on our favorite spot on the couch. She was careful to talk me through the process, so that I was prepared, and most importantly, she assured me Tessie would not feel any pain. That was most important to me.
She brought this cozy bassinet loaded with pillows and blankets to escort Tess out in. Tessie truly looked so peaceful, cozy and free from pain. I carried Tessie out to Dr Karen's car and tearfully said my last goodbyes.
For any pet owner faced with this awful decision, I highly recommend Lap of Love. There is something so comforting about being able to keep your pet at home in his/her last moments.
Thank you Dr Karen, for everything."
Samantha BernisChicago, Illinois
"Today we have very heavy hearts as we said our final farewells to our sweet, loyal & resilient warrior girl Shelby. Dr. Kristina went above & beyond with such compassion, care & concern to meet the needs of our ol’ gal. Along with seeing to it our families needs were genuinely meet too. This made it a little bit easier letting Shelby go, and to find a sense of peacefulness during the transitional stages of grieving our great loss ahead. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Kristina. You are a precious gem for those of us who were seeking out the absolute best degree of comfort for our beloved & precious furry family member."
A. B.Chicago, Illinois
"Dr Kristina, just want to thank you again for the Facebook post and the kind words in the card you sent, as difficult as this is , you made the Best of a very difficult time. Your patience and loving concern for us and Mona, really made a huge difference. Mona was the first dog we had lay to rest at home, would not have it any other way if we have to go through this again. I recommend Lap for love to anyone who's going through this.in addition the cremation facility you brought Mona to was exceptional to, we worked with Tim and also spoke the owner, although we are still saddened by our loss, The whole process really went well. Thank you again Dr Kristina for your meaningful comfort, kindness and compassion. Keep up the great work you do."
Mark and Kara MoellerSchaumburg, Illinois
"Sasha, our German Shepherd dog, died this morning, of a seizure, with the gentle help of Dr. Karen. Sasha was found on a California county highway, and came to us nine years ago. The rescue that had saved her fell in love with her, and wanted to keep her. But they decided to let us become her family beacuse "then we can save more dogs."
Sasha loved to be with "her people." She was mad for children, and puppies. Since she had no sheep, she herded our chickens, and kept them from harm.
After surgery for a brain tumor, we had two more good years. A genetic disorder put Sasha in "walkin' wheels" for the past six months, but her energy never flagged, and she gave a lot of folks in the neighborhood the chance to see what a "handicapped" dog can do.
On her last day, Sasha ran through the snow, joined a birthday party, and cheered up an elder.
Thanks to the many friends who have been like an extended family to Sasha. She began her life in sad circumstances, but she left this world surrounded by love. Please give your pet an extra snuggle when you read this, in memory of Sasha."
Turi AdamsChicago, Illinois
"Thank you for making this awful day go as smoothly as it possibly could go. She went quickly and peacefully, thank you!"
Krysty EsserLindenhurst, Illinois
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Wings support group
Premier Veterinary Group (Grayslake)
Working through pet loss support group
Premier Veterinary Group (Chicago)
Veterinary Specialty Center Counseling Services - Becky Murray, LPC
Blue Pearl (Skokie)
Chicago Vet. Med. Assn. Pet Loss Helpline
Blue Pearl (Northfield)
Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline
Golf Rose Animal Hospital
VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in and around the Chicagoland area. There is no additional fee for travel to the area bounded on the north by IL-176, on the west by IL-59, and on the south by I-88/I-290/Eisenhower Expy.
Extended Travel Areas (additional charge applies to these and surrounding areas):
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.
Lap of Love700 Nicholas Blvd #310Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Juliana Lyles