Chicago & Surrounding Suburbs

  (847) 260-8066

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA $325

Includes a 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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

Includes a brief 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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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 within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Christie

Christie Comm

Growing up in a family that always included multiple pets, I can't remember a time when I did not want to be a veterinarian. I greatly admired our family’s vet, both for his seemingly endless animal knowledge as well as his calm and kind demeanor. I was so excited and proud when he agreed to help me with two different research projects in grade school (one on Siamese cats and the other on dolphins). In time, I realized more than anything that I wanted to pursue a profession where I could make a real difference in the lives of both animals and people. Combining this with my love for science and medicine led me down a path straight to veterinary medicine. I studied biology and Spanish at the University of Missouri-Columbia before attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois. After graduating, I returned to the Chicagoland area, where I have provided care for cats and dogs in a variety of settings, including two feline-only practices.

Throughout my career, I have most enjoyed building relationships with my clients and their furry family members and doing whatever I can to support the important bond they share. I am an empathetic listener and find great honor in helping people facing difficult situations, especially those deciding whether to set a beloved pet free to avoid needless suffering. A few years after graduating, I found myself on the other side of the table when my cat, Annie, suddenly became quite ill. Though I had no prior experience with it, I decided to help her gain her angel wings in the comfort of our home. I was somewhat surprised by how peaceful and stress-free the entire process was for both of us and quickly realized what a blessing it would be to help others experience the same.

When the opportunity arose a few years ago to provide in-home end-of-life care with Lap of Love, I immediately knew that this was the work I was called to do with my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time away to stay home with my son, but as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder...and I found I couldn't stay away for too long. I'm honored to once again be giving the gift of a peaceful goodbye to families in Chicagoland. I strive to guide families through the end-of-life process in the most gentle and respectful way possible, just like it was for my Annie.

Outside of veterinary medicine, you will usually find me spending time with my young son and our two cats, Rudy and Gabby. My son has his heart set on adopting a dog (a small, white, fluffy one named Sprinkles, to be exact). I enjoy volunteering at my son’s school and in the community and also love reading and traveling.

Dr. Maura

Maura Lehmann

I grew up in Houston, Texas, as the oldest of 4 children. I can’t remember when it was that I decided I was going to become a veterinarian but it must have been sometime while my first memories were developing. Luckily, I was born into a family of animal lovers who were more than supportive of my dream. My childhood was spent surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fish, frogs, rabbits and everything in between. From a young age, I realized that the human-animal bond was special and unique from any other relationship. This is what drove my desire to become a veterinarian.

After graduating from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in small animal general practice. During my years spent helping families, I had the privilege of witnessing the many stages and forms of the human-animal bond. While I thoroughly enjoy the science and detective work of managing medical and surgical patients, there is no greater honor than helping families and their pets foster the human-animal bond during end of life care. 

Being a life-long pet parent, I understand how difficult it can be to know when and how to say good-bye to a beloved pet. Through Lap of Love, I am blessed with the opportunity to help guide owners through the last chapter of life with their pets. It is my hope to help provide the gift of comfort and a peaceful passing in a way that honors the special bond of a pet.

Dr. Miranda

Miranda Shaw

My suburban Indiana childhood was not filled with a multitude of pets like many of my veterinary colleagues.  My mother had a strict “no creepy crawly” rule, which meant if it was not a cat or a dog then the answer was “no”. Unfortunately, our family dogs passed when I was in grade school, and many years went by before there was another pet in our home.  During sophomore year of high school, I was gifted with my beloved Leopold (Siamese mix) and shortly after, Carlyle (orange tabby), who both continue to fill my life with love and joy today.  Despite the absence of a furry companion for many of my formative years, I have no memory of a time in my life when my love for animals failed to burn reverently in my heart. My parents spared no opportunity to support my passion. They not only exposed me to different aspects of the veterinary field, such as general practice, zoo medicine, and animal industry, they also instilled in me a strong work ethic and high standard of excellence. 

I am not sure if my parents ever knew how serious I was about becoming a veterinarian until I went to college, but unbeknownst to them, the support that they provided would be all that was needed to achieve my goal.   The beginning of my journey started at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida where I received a Bachelors of Agriculture with a pre-veterinary medicine focus.  During my tenure at FAMU, I actively participated in social and scholastic organizations, such as Mahogany Dance Theatre, Relay for Life, Executive Committee member of the Animal Science Club, and Volunteer with the local animal shelter. Upon graduation, my continued pursuit of career took me to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, with my main focus as Small Animal Medicine; working in small animal surgery suite and participating in low cost community vaccine/spay/neuter clinics. 

Upon graduation, I began working in small animal general practice. I was thrilled to be able to work within a strong and thriving preventative care program, but I found myself wanting to do more for the families and patients that were dealing with difficult diagnoses.  I discovered that, while making the correct diagnosis is important, helping our clients understand what the diagnosis means, how to manage it, and helping them to carry the burden of impending difficult decisions is far more important.  In the general practice setting, I found the support I wanted to give to families and the time and resources I had at my disposal were always at odds. For this reason, I am humbled and honored to be working for a company such as Lap of Love. It is my intention and my blessing to not only provide the best quality of care I can for patients, but to also provide clarity, understanding, and support for clients in a way that is unique to their pet and their individual needs.

Dr. Tyler

Tyler Johnston

I grew up in a small rural town in central Indiana and have always loved animals. There is just something so pure about having these little creatures live in our homes and become such integral parts of our families. I was not the person that always knew they wanted to be a veterinarian, though. I just knew I wanted to help people and animals in any way I could. I decided to focus my undergraduate studies in biology at Purdue University. During that time, I started to see how diverse veterinary medicine actually is.

My passion for end of life care first began when I started volunteering in the oncology department at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. It was so amazing to see how compassionate and understanding people can be while discussing the more difficult sides of life. This passion grew even more during and after the passing of my best friend, my beloved Basset Hound, Scooter. He gets a lot of credit when I look back and see how I have grown as a person. We said our final goodbye in 2013 during veterinary school and I still think about him every single day. Scooter gave me so much in this life and knowing that I could help him have a peaceful transition was the best final gift I could give him.

After completing my DVM at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, I moved north to the Chicago suburbs and began working in private practice. It did not take long for me to realize that, no matter what hospital I was at, I connected most to the geriatric and terminally ill patients and their families. These animals have stories to tell and their families care about them just as much as they did when they first met each other. Providing hospice care and euthanasia is a beautiful, kind gift for our furry family members and it’s an honor to be a part of that with each family as we give them a comfortable, dignified transition.

About Christie Comm

Growing up in a family that always included multiple pets, I can't remember a time when I did not want to be a veterinarian. I greatly admired our family’s vet, both for his seemingly endless animal knowledge as well as his calm and kind demeanor. I was so excited and proud when he agreed to help me with two different research projects in grade school (one on Siamese cats and the other on dolphins). In time, I realized more than anything that I wanted to pursue a profession where I could make a real difference in the lives of both animals and people. Combining this with my love for science and medicine led me down a path straight to veterinary medicine. I studied biology and Spanish at the University of Missouri-Columbia before attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois. After graduating, I returned to the Chicagoland area, where I have provided care for cats and dogs in a variety of settings, including two feline-only practices.

Throughout my career, I have most enjoyed building relationships with my clients and their furry family members and doing whatever I can to support the important bond they share. I am an empathetic listener and find great honor in helping people facing difficult situations, especially those deciding whether to set a beloved pet free to avoid needless suffering. A few years after graduating, I found myself on the other side of the table when my cat, Annie, suddenly became quite ill. Though I had no prior experience with it, I decided to help her gain her angel wings in the comfort of our home. I was somewhat surprised by how peaceful and stress-free the entire process was for both of us and quickly realized what a blessing it would be to help others experience the same.

When the opportunity arose a few years ago to provide in-home end-of-life care with Lap of Love, I immediately knew that this was the work I was called to do with my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time away to stay home with my son, but as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder...and I found I couldn't stay away for too long. I'm honored to once again be giving the gift of a peaceful goodbye to families in Chicagoland. I strive to guide families through the end-of-life process in the most gentle and respectful way possible, just like it was for my Annie.

Outside of veterinary medicine, you will usually find me spending time with my young son and our two cats, Rudy and Gabby. My son has his heart set on adopting a dog (a small, white, fluffy one named Sprinkles, to be exact). I enjoy volunteering at my son’s school and in the community and also love reading and traveling.

"Dr Maura showed up with such a sweet and sensitive spirit towards me and my sweet Hazel. She was very kind and patient with my last moments with my girl. She let me take my time in comforting Hazel and placed her in my lap. I got to hold my sweet girl and cuddle her in her last moments. Dr Maura explained every step with sensitivity and a sincere understanding of the heaviness of my heart in this situation. I’m so grateful she was the one that came. I highly recommend her and am thankful for her."

Mandy Thomas
Chicago, Illinois

"Christie was genuine, sympathetic, patient and comforting from start to finish. She explained everything and never made us feel rushed. I am so glad she helped our Lolly girl go to sleep peacefully and without pain. We recommend Christie to anyone deciding on using Lap of Love in the Chicagoland area."

Colleen Flood
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr Miranda helped us through one of the worst days of our lives with patience, kindness, and compassion. She guided us through the process, explaining everything as it was happening, and letting us spend as much time as we needed to say goodbye to our sweet boy Riley. She also followed up with us the next day. We feel so blessed to have been able to have such a wonderful person help us through this difficult time. Thank you Dr Miranda"

Maureen Christakis
Mt Prospect, Illinois

"Tyler was a god send. His energy matched ours perfectly. He was so very warm, caring and understanding. He allowed us to grieve without feeling rushed. Lux hand picked Tyler for us because he made the transition so much more peaceful. Thank you for your compassion and care Tyler. You are appreciated. May you be blessed in all you do. ❤️"

A. Jackson
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Miranda Shaw was beyond kind and respectful to our family. She was so kind to the kids and walked us through everything with kind words. Dr Miranda also encouraged our family and Rogue to be ourselves. I will forever be grateful for the reassurance and kindness she brought to our home in order to make our special girl comfortable. It will never be forgotten."

Sandra Chlebowicz
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Miranda Shaw was exceptionally gentle and kind. She responded to each of our requests for the euthanasia of our beloved Malamute Jake. She took her time and made the passing as easy for Jake and us as possible. And she met our very old tortoises who are older than herself with genuine interest.

When so many other organizations were no longer providing home euthanasia during Covid, we appreciate the prompt and respectful consideration we received from Lap of Love. I have already recommended your care to friends."

Jeannine Dodels
Chicago, Illinois

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (847) 548-5300

Premier Veterinary Group (Grayslake)

  (312) 644-8338

Working Through Pet Loss Support Group

  (773) 516-5800

Premier Veterinary Group (Chicago)

  (847) 459-7535

Veterinary Specialty Center Counseling Services - Becky Murray, CVT, LPC

  (847) 459-7535

Veterinary Specialty Center (Buffalo Grove)

Pet Loss Support

  (630) 325-1600

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Helpline

  (847) 673-9110

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital (Skokie)

  (217) 244-2273

Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline

  (847) 564-5775

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital (Northfield)

  (847) 885-3344

Golf Rose Animal Hospital

  (708) 749-4200

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Chicago area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30 - $60 fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Oh my sweet baby girl Hazel! How you will be greatly missed! The joy and love you brought into my life was unmatched with anything I’ve ever known. Your spirit was so sweet and gentle. The adorable way you would greet me will be sorely missed. You lit up my world and I’m so broken hearted you’re gone. I’m so grateful God He blessed me with you. I ...
Mandy Thomas
October 22, 2020
“Lolly was the joy in my day and the love of my heart. She was My Girl. My beautiful, strong little puffball. So grumpy yet so sweet, gentle and timid.
Last weekend she passed peacefully in our arms in the comfort of our home. We are devastated she’s gone but relieved she isn’t struggling anymore.

So many things I’m going to miss about our ...
Colleen Flood
October 10, 2020
“Lux...you were an awesome dog and a beloved family member. You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. I dreamed about you a couple nights ago...and it brought me so much peace. You were running around like the young Lux that I will always remember...full of life. You were with my first dog and your first playmate, Misty. It’s hard not hearing ...
A. Jackson
October 2, 2020
“Rogue will forever be missed. The block will miss that bark, pulling up to the garage will be silent, opening the door without Rogue pushing her way out will be tough. She was a great fur sister and the best fur baby girl. Even when she was sick she NEVER, ever let us know she was in pain. She was always so good to us. She was low maintenance, ...
Sandra Chlebowicz
September 29, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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

Lap of Love
PO Box 4014
Itasca, Illinois 60143

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