PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA $300

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$400

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.

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$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

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$100
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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. 

Meet the Doctor

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

Dr. Tina

Tina Vaziri

I grew up in a small town in Kentucky called Crestwood. Here on a one acre plot of land my Mom, Dad, and three sisters and I, gardened, bird watched, played with our dogs, and grew together as a family. Accompanied by our companion Biscuit, a golden retriever, my sisters and I explored the wildlife preserve near our neighborhood. My love and respect for the great cycles of this earth and its life began among the trees of the preserve. Changing seasons, baby birds, tad poles, fawns, and spawning fish all planted the seeds that grew into my love for animals.

It was not until middle school that I connected my love for animals with medicine. My Mom, who works in human hospice care, would allow me to spend time with her and the many wise elders for whom she lovingly cared. Eventually, I chose to pursue a pre-veterinary degree at Murray State University.

While at Murray State I explored the veterinary career field further. I worked year-round in hands-on programs with horses, dogs, and cats, which taught me to care for every animal with respect, kindness and gentleness. Through my college career I worked with small animals in a general practice in Illinois and an emergency clinic in Kentucky. I found my work in these practices to be fulfilling and educational, and I knew that I was on the right path in life. While in college, I adopted two wonderful dogs, Weasley and Lyla. I also lost my first and oldest animal friend, Biscuit. Every night, Biscuit slept in the hallway in front of all the bedrooms at our house in Crestwood. On a peaceful spring night, she laid down one last time to protect us and moved on gracefully in her sleep. 

In 2012, I moved to Auburn, Alabama for veterinary school, accompanied by my two lovely dogs and my 55-gallon aquarium. While in Auburn, I focused on small animals and aquatic animals. I worked hands-on with the community to educate children in the local library and elementary schools, teaching them about aquariums and fish. This made chemistry, biology, climatology, and mathematics exciting and interesting for them. 

The opportunity to educate, inspire, and enrich someone’s life by sharing the human-animal bond is my favorite aspect of veterinary medicine. The true honor of my career though, is the also the hardest part of being a veterinarian. As the end of the journey with your four-legged companion nears, you as their caregiver, and I as their doctor, are there to provide them with all of the love, comfort, and support they need. Making the decision to say goodbye is never easy— even when our companions are ready—but it is an honor for a veterinarian be there for them and for you as we allow them to move on gracefully, painlessly, and surrounded by love. 

About Tina Vaziri

I grew up in a small town in Kentucky called Crestwood. Here on a one acre plot of land my Mom, Dad, and three sisters and I, gardened, bird watched, played with our dogs, and grew together as a family. Accompanied by our companion Biscuit, a golden retriever, my sisters and I explored the wildlife preserve near our neighborhood. My love and respect for the great cycles of this earth and its life began among the trees of the preserve. Changing seasons, baby birds, tad poles, fawns, and spawning fish all planted the seeds that grew into my love for animals.

It was not until middle school that I connected my love for animals with medicine. My Mom, who works in human hospice care, would allow me to spend time with her and the many wise elders for whom she lovingly cared. Eventually, I chose to pursue a pre-veterinary degree at Murray State University.

While at Murray State I explored the veterinary career field further. I worked year-round in hands-on programs with horses, dogs, and cats, which taught me to care for every animal with respect, kindness and gentleness. Through my college career I worked with small animals in a general practice in Illinois and an emergency clinic in Kentucky. I found my work in these practices to be fulfilling and educational, and I knew that I was on the right path in life. While in college, I adopted two wonderful dogs, Weasley and Lyla. I also lost my first and oldest animal friend, Biscuit. Every night, Biscuit slept in the hallway in front of all the bedrooms at our house in Crestwood. On a peaceful spring night, she laid down one last time to protect us and moved on gracefully in her sleep. 

In 2012, I moved to Auburn, Alabama for veterinary school, accompanied by my two lovely dogs and my 55-gallon aquarium. While in Auburn, I focused on small animals and aquatic animals. I worked hands-on with the community to educate children in the local library and elementary schools, teaching them about aquariums and fish. This made chemistry, biology, climatology, and mathematics exciting and interesting for them. 

The opportunity to educate, inspire, and enrich someone’s life by sharing the human-animal bond is my favorite aspect of veterinary medicine. The true honor of my career though, is the also the hardest part of being a veterinarian. As the end of the journey with your four-legged companion nears, you as their caregiver, and I as their doctor, are there to provide them with all of the love, comfort, and support they need. Making the decision to say goodbye is never easy— even when our companions are ready—but it is an honor for a veterinarian be there for them and for you as we allow them to move on gracefully, painlessly, and surrounded by love. 

"Thank you so very, very much to Dr. Tina for coming on such short notice, and for helping us to give our beloved 18-year-old Siamese, James, a passage filled with grace, peace, dignity, and all the love in our hearts. Words cannot express how much it meant to us to be able to have this difficult experience in the comfort and privacy of our home, where James felt relaxed, safe, and loved. Thank you also to Tiffany, who responded to my heartbroken phone call with such empathy and gentleness, and handled all the details quickly with soothing calm. Dr. Tina's quiet kindness and compassion was a gift to all of us, and we are profoundly grateful to her for transforming one of the hardest days of our lives into a poignantly beautiful memory."

Lynn, Alice, and David Keyser
Chicago, Illinois

"Tina was incredible. She made the absolute best of an awful situation. She made me, my brother and my dog feel comfortable and loved. My dog got to fall in love one last time before she was set free.

Thank you, Tina. You will always be remembered.

PS My 4 year old son insisted that our Cerito would have liked to be taken away in a pink car, so I told him your car was pink. 😜"

Ashley Chacón
Berwyn, Illinois

"Dr Tina Vaziri came to us in our hour of need, after painfully deciding to lay our family member for the past 15 yrs to rest. Shiner, our Golden Retriever’s

quality of life was depleating all within a two week span.

Dr Tina (as she called herself ) approached Shiner and immediately went down to Shiner’s level and began slowly and gently stroking her and speaking softly, lovingly, and quietly telling her she was a good girl. Taking away any nervousness away, almost in a hypnotic way. Shiner was deaf and yet she responded to Dr Tina’s touch. All while coaching us on what was going on with her, as well , she clipped alittle bit of her fur and put it in a little bag and made a print of her paw in a soft clay. All as keepsakes. She gave her something to completely relax her. Shiner was breathing slowly and very relaxed, comfortably lying on her side, with the help of Dr Tina’s gentle touch.. Dr Tina always updating us and telling us to love on her and to tell what a good girl she is as she prepared the final medicine. She started the final stage and she took her heart beat and confirmed, she’s begun her journey home.

We Want to thank Dr Tina for the kindness and dignity she showed our Shiner, and her parents, during this enormous heartbreaking final moments with our beloved pet and family member. She is absolutely an amazing vet with an honest love for animals.

We highly recommend her to anyone who needs to go through this painful choice to reluctantly make your loving pet’s life come to an end and to help them walk towards the rainbow bridge peacefully.

Dr Tina is all you need.

She’s wonderful for all involved."

Walt and Linda Robert Anderson
North Richland Hills, Texas

"Thanks again Dr. Tina. This, the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, was made a little easier and more comfortable with your soft voice and kind words and just a genuine understanding of how much a great dog means to us. While I hate the parting, it's a small trade compared to the happiness that Aspen brought to my life. She was not a dog but rather a best friend and companion and the way you helped us honor her is worth more to me than anything. Thank you again for your time and effort in honoring her with us.

Best regards"

Andrew Mosher
Weatherford, Texas

"Dr. Tina and the Lap of Love Service was wonderful.

My family and I appreciated the kindness and professionalism that was shown to us. My sweet dog Kiera was gently and peacefully laid to rest. Dr. Tina was very comforting and explained everything. She even helped my son make a paw print of Kiera and cut a few locks of fur for us to keep and treasure. I am so grateful that we contacted you. You helped us make a difficult time more bearable. I highly recommend Dr. Tina and Lap of Love.

Maria Woodside"

Maria Woodside
Houston, Texas

"Dr. Tina was extremely compassionate and an excellent provider and helping our beloved Bear pass. Bear had been our sweet, loving companion for 9 years, and was very difficult for us to let him go. We couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Tina for how kind, gentle, and patient she was through the whole process. We couldn't have imagined it happening any other way, and are grateful for her care."

Alexandra Sweeney
Houston, Texas

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
“Cero was with me for my entire adult life. I adopted her in college and named her Zero after Jack Skellington’s dog. She grew with me through my last years of college and 13 years of teaching. She grew with me as I became a mom to 3 children. She moved with me many times. She loved me and I loved her. My kids and I are going to miss her ...
Ashley Chacón
October 18, 2019
“Never have the words except for thank you for your understanding and unconditional love. Thanks for the good times. Thanks for the birds. Thanks for the smiles and the laughter. But most of all thanks for always being my best friend. Until I get there please keep my spot in the duck blind warm and I will carry you in my heart in a hole that can ...
Andrew Mosher
June 27, 2019
“My heart aches so badly with the loss of our precious boy, Blackjack. He was such a loving, loyal, happy-go-lucky furry baby....who loved everyone...both skin and fur...young and old...and everyone loved him, too. His "happy place" was always outside, laying in the sun down at the palapa by the water, swimming in the river/bay, and running and ...
John and Renee' Griggs
April 4, 2019
“Thank you Dr. Tina for your warm and caring touch during a difficult decision. It was a blessing to have Lap of Love in our lives. Our Boomer deserved a peaceful passing being able to maintain what makes him Boomer. We chose to do this on our terms instead of waiting for an emergency to happen. Thank you again for giving us this last gift for our ...
Gina Sewell
March 30, 2019
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.

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Lap of Love
PO Box 81813
Chicago, Illinois 60681

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