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 so lovely and gentle with my Zoe. Her kindness made this bearable. She was able to come out the same day I called, and I appreciate her patience and concern."
Des Plaines, Illinois
"Dr. Karen guided me through the whole event with kindness and professionalism. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."
Greg SilvaChicago, Illinois
"My husband and I are so grateful to Dr. Karen. She couldn't have been more perfect at such a difficult time. She is kind and compassionate; her caring nature is evident the minute she walks in the door. Lap of Love allowed our dog to have the huge benefit of not having to have her last car ride be to the vet (her absolutely least favorite place to be); Dr. Karen allowed it to be in her favorite place to be (at home), at total peace, laying next to my husband and me. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. The followups, attention to detail and keen awareness of the sensitivity of losing your best friend are second to none. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Karen!"
Anne CoburnLibertyville, Illinois
"We tried so hard to manage our cat Puddin's health problems. He was a big boy at 26 pounds when we got him at 7 years old. A year after we got him he started having liver issues and had to have a tube implanted through his neck so we could feed him, he enjoyed another 5 years and then started having kidney failure. We managed it as long as we could but saw that he just couldn't fight it any longer and his quality of life was gone.
Puddin was such a special cat that we couldn't bear the thought of taking him to some sterile environment where he would be stressed during his last moments. We called Lap of Love and was very fortunate when Dr. Juliana arrived. It was such a heartbreaking time for us and Dr. Juliana knew exactly what to say. As she spoke, you could feel the compassion she had for Puddin and our situation. She explained everything in detail. She listened as I shared stories about Puddin. She was sure to make sure I was ok with each step in the process. Puddin was so relaxed and stress free as he got to pass in our room in his favorite spot on our bed. I am so grateful that I had Dr. Juliana help us through such a difficult time. She was Puddin's guardian angel."
Eddie BelcherMount Prospect, Illinois
"Having Dr. Karen take such great care of Washington in his final moments was a true gift that I wish for any pet parent that has to make that difficult decision. Her calmness, focus on keeping our Wash comfortable throughout the entire process, while explaining to my wife and I every step of the way, made us feel like he was in the best hands.
In the end, I truly felt like we did give our Wash the gift of a peaceful passing and I can't think anyone could have conducted themselves with more professionalism and love for animals as Dr. Karen did for us. It was worth a million bucks and we are grateful for her support."
David CheungGlenview, Illinois
"We would like to thank Dr. Kristina for helping and being with us during time. She explained the whole procedure with compassion and care. We recommend Dr. Kristina and The Lap Of Love to all pet owners to be in the comfort of their own home."
Cindy SkelleyGrayslake, Illinois
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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