Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$335
Evenings & Weekends$385

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.

Euthanasia$335
Evenings & Weekends$385

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.

Geriatric Consultation$335
Evenings & Weekends$385

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.

Holidays$50-$100

Holiday appointments may be available. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Additional Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds and more will be quoted
Hand-delivery or courier return of urn
will be quoted, based on location

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 or can be hand-delivered or returned via courier to your home for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$75
Pets 50 - 74 pounds$100
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100-124 pounds$175
Pets 125 -149 pounds$200
Pets 150 pounds and more will be quoted

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. 

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

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.

Meet the Doctors

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

Dr. Juliana

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.

Dr. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Roy, DVM

I am one of those animal-loving people who always wanted to be a veterinarian, ever since I was a kid. After completing my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010. Following my graduation from veterinary school, I completed a year-long rotating internship in small animal emergency medicine at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. 

I spent the following years enjoying the challenging and fast-paced environment of emergency veterinary medicine, until I decided it was time for a change of pace and joined Lap of Love. I have always felt that end of life care is an extremely important aspect of veterinary medicine. When I had to euthanize my own German Shepherd, Sophie, in 2016, I called a Lap of Love veterinarian to my home in Philadelphia. It was such a peaceful experience, and I knew right away that I never wanted to say goodbye to my pets any other way. That is when I began to realize that this field would suit me well professionally. 

When I am not busy caring for animals, I enjoy staying active by running, strength training and traveling. I also love spending time with my adorable pets: a cute little terrier mix named Bernie, and three perfect cats - Buddy, Rangus, and The Senator Aaron Purr.

Dr. Kristina

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.

Dr. Karen

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.

 

 

About 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.

"Saying good-bye to Lucy was devastating for me. Dr. Kristina iemdiately recognized how upset I was. She gently explained what would happen so that I understood. She was so gentle with Lucy. I was very comforted as Lucy passed because of this."

Katie Muno
Elmhurst, Illinois

"This was the first time I opted to have home euthanasia (it was not available for my first two kitties). If there was such a thing as a beautiful passing, Lap of Love made that possible for my Baby. Dr. Kristina came by for an initial consultation about a month prior to his passing, as I was finding it increasingly difficult to be objective about Denali's condition. She correctly assessed that it was not his time yet. A month later, his condition declined rapidly, and she gave me her guidance and wisdom and compassion - all of which made his passing less stressful for all involved, especially Denali. He was a brave boy to the end, and his was a compassionate passing. I can't recommend this service highly enough, especially if you have had the unfortunate experience of taking a dying pet to the vet in their last hours...having them pass at home is peaceful and dignified and it allows the other pets and family members to say goodbye. Thank you Lap of Love for what you do ..."

Patricia Collins
Skokie, Illinois

"We are so glad we decided to use Lap of Love to help us put our dog to rest. After months of seeing Jackson, our 15 year old lab, decline, we made the incredibly agonizing decision to put him to sleep. It’s strange to be the judge and arbiter of a living beings life. Dr. Karen help make the process so much easier. Her demeanor was kind and soft - she guided us through in just the perfect way. Jackson died soooo peacefully on his bed surrounded by his loving family. Thank you Lap of Love as we are grateful for your expertise and amazing professionalism."

Rachel Lee
Wilmette, Illinois

"About two weeks ago it became clear that my 20 year old cat, Perry, was losing his battle with kidney disease. He had been with me since he was four months old, and I did not want his last moments to be fearful driving to the vet. From the moment I made that first phone call to Lap of Love, I knew this was the right choice. They all just get that our pets are family, and it's apparent in all their actions.

Dr. Kristina could not have been more wonderful. She assuaged our concerns that we hadn't done enough (I think every pet parent questions this decision, even when it's obvious). She explained everything and asked us questions about Perry and our lives with him. She treated Perry so tenderly and respectfully both in life and in death. Possibly most amazing was that as she was leaving, she saw our other cat Inky in the hall and understood that Inky needed to say goodbye. She lay Perry's body on the floor so Inky could come and kiss Perry one last time.

But it didn't stop there. I received a lovely email two days later with a link to the Facebook tribute Dr. Kristina had written, as well as an invitation to call even if we just needed talk. We also received a card and note from Dr. Kristina with a copy of the tribute.

We can't thank Lap of Love enough for making this experience so much easier for all of us. We are sad for Perry's loss but we have the peace of knowing he went with dignity thanks to your help. I know we face this sorrow some day with our other pets; I only hope that we are fortunate enough to be able to use Lap of Love's services when that time comes."

Mari Fecarotta
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

"Dr. Liz was truly my angel. Putting my corgi down was the hardest decision I've ever had to make, and Dr. Liz was incredibly kind and understanding. She walked me through everything as she did it so I understood what was going on. She was sweet and warm. I couldn't have asked for a better experience through such a trying time. Thanks Dr. Liz."

SJ Chapman
Wilmette, Illinois

"Saying goodbye to our 16 1/2 year old dog Xena was not easy but we knew when it was time, that Lap of Love would be who we would call to help her make the transition. You see, Xena has always had major anxiety being at the vet's office, especially in her later years, so we did not want being there to be her last memory. Dr. Kristina came out to help us say goodbye. The whole process was very calming, peaceful and filled with dignity and we can't thank Dr. Kristina and Lap of Love enough. I've said goodbye to a dog previously in a vet's office and I can tell you that saying goodbye in your home with loved ones around in this manner with a caring vet such as Dr. Kristina made the whole experience so much more tolerable than it would have been otherwise. Don't get me wrong, we are still heartbroken, but it gives us so much peace to know we helped Xena transition on our terms and the way she would have wanted it. We would highly recommend Dr. Kristina and Lap of Love when it's time to make this difficult decision."


Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 548-5300

Premier Veterinary Group (Grayslake)

  (312) 644-8338

Working through pet loss support group

Emergency Clinic

  (773) 516-5800

Premier Veterinary Group (Chicago)

  (847) 459-7535

Veterinary Specialty Center Counseling Services - Becky Murray, LPC

  (847) 459-7535

Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove

Pet Loss Support

  (630) 325-1600

Chicago Vet. Med. Assn. Pet Loss Helpline

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 673-9110

Blue Pearl (Skokie)

  (877) 394-2273

Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 564-5775

Blue Pearl (Northfield)

  (847) 885-3344

Golf Rose Animal Hospital

  (708) 749-4200

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital

Service Area

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):

  • Waukegan
  • Grayslake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Antioch
  • Gurnee
  • Elgin
  • Aurora
  • Naperville
  • Downers Grove
  • Oak Lawn
Pet Memorials
“Goodbye, sweet Lucy. My Punkin’head. My Puhpaah. I will be forever thankful that I had the chance to give you the best rest of your life. Your pain is gone now, your legs are strong and your eyes see all that is around you once again. Run free, my sweet Lucille ❤️”
Katie Muno
January 19, 2019
“Tonight I said farewell to Denali (aka Baby) my faithful friend,
whose body has perished but for whom my love for will never end,
You were strong and brave every one of your 19 years,
And fought the good fight never showing your fears.
you gave me infinite joy and comfort and love,
and now it's time for you to rest over the rainbow bridge in ...
Patricia Collins
January 17, 2019
“We love you forever Jackson.”
Rachel Lee
January 3, 2019
“Pablo - We can't seem to put away your food bowls or your toys and your favorite sleeping pad. Still expect to see your sweet little face when we come from work and open the door at home .”
Youngran Chung
December 26, 2018
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
700 Nicholas Blvd #310
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Juliana Lyles

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