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.

"They helped me get through the worst day of my life. She was kind, compassionate, and patient."

Stephanie Guiffre
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Maura Lehmann with Lap of Love veterinary hospice. When my Sunshine told me she was ready to cross the rainbow bridge I was left with a very difficult & heartbreaking decision... how can I make this as peaceful & loving as possible. My heart broke as my little sweet fur baby cried out in pain, couldn’t stand up, couldn’t eat, couldn’t live the life she was used to living. It didn’t take long to realize it was time to say goodbye. I held her & comforted her, I fed her baby food through a syringe, I stayed up with her all night to make sure she knew she wasn’t alone. All it took was 1 night of that & the next morning I knew I had to help my Sunshine.

I found Lap of Love, & from the very 1st call they were so understanding, caring, sweet & comforting...I was a complete wreck & they made this awful situation so much easier to deal with. They sent me a guardian angel, Dr. Maura, whom I will forever be grateful to. She was so tender with Sunshine. She was so sincere & gentle. She explained the entire process & what would happen & how Sunshine would react & feel. She was patient & calming. Sunshine didn’t have to leave her home to cross the rainbow bridge. She slowly fell asleep in my arms, as I talked softly to her letting her know it was ok to say goodbye & that there were endless Doritos in heaven.

I know there are many pet parents out there that will someday have to face this same situation & my heart is with each and every one of you. But when that time comes I’d like you to consider in-home euthanasia with Lap Of Love...I just can’t say enough good things about it.

Once again, thank you Lap of Love & a heartfelt sincere thank you Dr Maura. I’m not sure what I would’ve done without you.

❤️🌈 Rest In Peace my Sunshine"

Dee Tambo
Berwyn, Illinois

"Dr. Christie Comm, DVM

Just a moment to say thank you, for your assistance and support during our Buttons transition on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Our family will be forever grateful to you.

Sincerely,

Anita L Johnson-Jackson and family"

Anita L Johnson
Chicago, Illinois

"I was utterly astounded at the level of professionalism, compassion, and dignity I received from my experience with Lap of Love. I was pressed to find an in-home euthanasia service to do a same-day appointment. My Sonia took a turn for the worse overnight and was suffering terribly. She had been fighting so hard, but now was starving, thirsty, and exhausted from frequent vomiting. I could not find an available service to come out to help end her suffering. It was completely distressing. Lap of Love took my call and it was amazing from the get-go. Shanan R, the Veterinary Care Coordinator, was so soothing and respectable to my situation. I don't know how I was able to speak to answer her questions, but she made it doable and coached me through it. I felt in good hands from the beginning, and so grateful that they could help me that very day.

We were able to see Sonia's first angel with her, because it was Dr. Miranda Shaw. Dr. Miranda is a true angel in the flesh. It was not just her manner of speaking, the choice of her words, and the gentleness of her actions that provided the utmost comfort, but it was also her manner of being that just exuded kindness and warmth. It takes a special person to hold the responsibilities of a job such as hers, and she does it with such grace. Dr. Miranda was professional without being cold. She was efficient and well-prepared to help Sonia let go. She guided us through the process, and let us have as much time as we needed each step of the way.

Sonia was treated with such dignity, at all times. When Dr. Miranda ended her suffering, we placed her in a nice basket with a little pillow, and covered her with a soft, clean blanket. Dr. Miranda asked if we would like to send her with a favorite toy, and we cradled her stuffed squirrel within her front paws. Sonia truly looked at peace. Dr. Miranda let me carry Sonia to her car. It were these little touches that made this experience as comforting as it could ever be.

To my surprise, Sonia came back home exactly 24 hours later. Her remains were hand-delivered. I continued to be awed by the high level of care in service.

Lap of Love let me give Sonia the best final gift possible. I am so grateful they were the ones to pick up my phone call. They handled everything for me, which was an absolute Godsend for such a painful event. I wouldn't want anyone else to take care of my Sonia. With 16 years of beautiful companionship, she deserved the best. I am grieving now, but Lap of Love and Dr. Miranda gave me such peace. I didn't think that would be possible.

Thank you for your beautiful service."

Monica Walen
Carol Stream, Illinois

"Dr. Maura Lehmann was a blessing to me and my family. She was so kind, compassionate, and good to us. She even emailed the next day to check in and offer a kind sympathetic ear. I'm so grateful for her."

Keziah Logan
Romeoville, Illinois

"Dr Maura was just wonderful from start to finish. So companionate and caring throughout the entire process. She is a true angel and I am so grateful she was there for both myself and Dallas."

Zdenka Smith
Westmont, 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
“Mr. Wiggles was the sweetest, kindest, most gentle dog in the world. He slept right next to me every night from the night I adopted him to his last. Its hard to think of words that would him the justice of honoring him. He kept me alive when I didn't want to continue anymore. He spent his life doing nothing but loving those who needed love ...
Stephanie Guiffre
August 1, 2020
“Princess Aurora was the sweetest and friendliest cat I could have ever asked for. She was so loved and brought joy to everyone she met. She loved being outdoors and napping in the sunshine. She loved to play with ping pong balls and toy mice. Her cuddles were the absolute warmest and most comforting. I miss her more than words could ever describe ...
Keziah Logan
July 19, 2020
“My sweet angel baby I miss you so very much already. You were my little buddy and the best puppy dog we could have
Ever asked for. Rest In Peace Dalli and we will see each other again some day. Until then have fun chasing bunnies and squirrels.
Love you more than you will ever know.”
Zdenka Smith
July 19, 2020
“We brought Roxy to be apart of our family as a baby. We had the pleasure to be a part of her growth and all the hair she left for us that we are still cleaning up till this day. There was a time she had to wear a cone because of a surgery she had on her nose. Roxy hated that thing so much she would run full speed into the edge of the wall to ...
Darek S
July 11, 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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