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.
Alecia Du Charme, DVM
I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, but this is my first time living back in the Midwest in over 20 years. While in my 20’s, I took a break from “real life” to travel, and wound up living in the mountains in British Columbia for several years. Living in a remote area and working to help animals inspired me to become a veterinarian. I earned a Biochemistry degree from UC Berkeley and graduated from UW Madison Veterinary School in 2011. I’ve worked in mixed-animal practice in Kansas, Wisconsin and most recently Canada. While there, I performed many euthanasias in the comfort of the pet's home, and took great comfort in helping the pets and their families through this process. I strongly believe in hospice work for people and animals, and I look forward to continuing to assist in this transition with gentleness and compassion. My dog, Leonard, is currently keeping me busy exploring the beaches and parks in the Chicagoland area.
Juliana Lyles, DVM
"Although our cat Luna was 18 and had been diagnosed with kidney disease, we weren't expecting to be in this situation so soon or so quickly. We found her lying on the floor in the morning, breathing but totally unresponsive to anything. We agonized over what to do; we dreaded the thought of having to take her to her regular vet's office, knowing it would be incredibly stressful to her and us. But we knew it was time, so I contacted Lap of Love. Dr. Juliana got back to me quickly, explained everything to me and gave me a one-hour window. Dr. Kristina was there on time (certainly this isn't a situation where you can deal with someone being late) and she was simply wonderful. She was kind and patient, and very sincere in her sympathy for my wife and me. We'd had Luna since she was a kitten and life without her was impossible to imagine. But Dr. Kristina was so well-prepared and let us take our time with the process. We will miss Luna terribly, but Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina made what could have been so stressful and anxiey-provoking, peaceful and loving. Thank you!!!!"
Lainie WolfsonEvanston, Illinois
"It will be 3 years ago this August that I lost my beloved Jethro. Dr. Juliana came to our home and I am so thankful that she came and Jethro even welcomed her. This was a very difficult decision but it was the right one. I loved my 157lb Jethro (Bloodhound) so much, I didn't want him to suffer anymore. He was with his family when he passed and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Dr. Juliana was an angel and I hope her and her staff continue doing their wonderful caring job.
I think about Jethro every day and thank the Lord that he was in mine and our lives. I make sure I tell everyone that has a beloved pet, that they know about "Lap of Love".
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart."
Roxanne PantanoTinley Park, Illinois
"Thank you, Dr. Kristina. Sounds like Benn found the right person to help him with this unwelcoming situation. What a gift to be able to see into the eyes of your patients and write a eulogy that captures their being... I know Jezzie is at ease now."
Chris CrossChicago, Illinois
"Dr. Alecia was so wonderful with our Frankie! She was everything you would want a vet to be and more - warm, caring, compassionate, gentle. She took the time to learn more about our special, one of a kind, spunky almost 18 year old cat, letting us share pictures and stories, before giving him the medicines that sent him peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge. She let us say good bye in our own time - we didn't feel rushed at all. Frankie was able to go to sleep at home in his own surroundings, not afraid or anxious - so much better than going to a vet clinic. We miss him terribly, but are glad that his suffering from multiple old age ailments is over. He brought so much joy into our lives. We love the little tuft of fur tied up in the purple ribbon and the paw print. Thank you, Dr. Alecia, for all you did! We are so glad we discovered Lap of Love!"
Kristen and Craig NelsonHoffman Estates, Illinois
"Dr. Alecia gives the best hugs. She was very compassionate and loving."
Heidi JorgensonMount Prospect, Illinois
"Dr. Kristina was simply wonderful with us yesterday. I was very emotional, and Dr. Kristina was caring, sensitive, and even shared some laughs with us. She was flexible, as I asked to carry Taffy from our house to her car after she had passed, and Dr. Kristina welcomed that. Taffy's passing seemed graceful, easy, peaceful, loving, and comfortable thanks to her. Taffy probably would have picked Dr. Kristina and this Lap of Love method if she were able to talk to us. Thank you, Dr. Kristina! You made our pain and healing that much easier."
Anna WeinsteinWilmette, 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