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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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.

"At a very difficult time, Lap of Love's staff could not have been more lovely. They were compassionate, informative and extremely helpful. They returned phone calls, worked with us and gave us the support we needed. Dr. Juliana Lyles took time to speak with me about our situation and made the arrangements and Dr. Karen Gadberry provided the skill and comfort that helped us get through this emotional event. We cannot thank them enough and highly recommend their services!"

Patricia Stark
Chicago, Illinois

"The second time now that I have used them. Araess (Dr. Juliana) and Marilyn (Dr. Karen). I could praise this special group of people for hours. Maybe the best way to do so has to do with a client of mine. I have been in business for over 30 years working in peoples homes. The one thank you card that will forever stand out was from a client who I referred to lap of love.

It takes a special person to do what they do. Angels work perhaps."

Glenn Hanson
Prospect Heights, Illinois

"As hard as this the was, this made it just a little bit more swallowable. Finn had terminal cancer, common to his breed. With Lap of Love my little boy got to be at home, in his bed, in my arms as we said our final good-byes. It was shockingly peaceful and I am so, so happy that we did this. Dr. Kristina was amazing."

Anthony Arena
Chicago, Illinois

"I am forever grateful for Lap of Love how they helped me

through one of the most painful moments of my life. When I

made the final decision to set Max free, they were so caring

and understanding with making arrangement.

They knew it was too difficult for me to talk over the phone

so we arranged an in home service via email.

Dr. Karen was also amazing when she came to my home. I

didn't feel rushed, she allowed me time to say goodbye to

Max, explained the processed and reassured me Max

wouldn't feel any pain. When I walked Dr. Karen holding Max

outside, I was expecting a Lap of Love van, but instead

it was Dr. Karen's personal car. I was so happy to see that

he wasn't going to be treated like he didn't matter.

The extra comfort Lap of Love and Dr. Karen gave me and

Max made the day a little less painful.

Even though we all are strangers to one another, the love

for animals bonds us together. The professionalism, care

and concern Geneva, Victoria, Nikki, Dr. Karen and Dr. Juliana

showed to myself and most importantly Max will be forever

in my heart. Thank you, Lap of Love. <3"

Angela Florida
Chicago, Illinois

"She came quick and in the time of need. We are thankful for Lap of Loves services. It was important for all of us (which includes Solo) to have the support."

Christy Sherman
Deerfield, Illinois

"As our regular veterinarian was out of the country, we found ourselves needing to find a veterinarian to assist us in euthanizing our dog. We wanted this done in our home so contacted Lap of Love. What a wonderful experience we had. Our attending Vet was Karen Gadberry. She has the absolute best personality to do this sad task. She explained everything to us, as well as petting and comforting our sweet dog. I could not recommend her more. In a difficult time, people like Karen make such a difference. Thank you Lap of Love for offering this service."

Brad and Pek Hwa Dennison
Wayne, 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
“This kitten rescue came into my life during some of the hardest times I have had to endure. Who rescued who is not a tag line. She did that multiple times during those 17 years. I can look back on 2 dogs and maybe 10 cats yet there was something from the beginning that told me this kitten would be the hardest animal companion I would ever have to ...
Glenn Hanson
May 31, 2018
“Finn was more than a dog, he was my son. I often told him that I gave birth to him, even though that is impossible on many fronts being I'm male and not a dog, but that was how I felt about him. One of his many nicknames was Number One Son. I will miss him so very deeply. In the meantime, I will hold my happy, loving memories very close and ...
Anthony Arena
May 17, 2018
“Max "Buppy" -

I am so happy we shared 15 years together. You brought so much love and happiness to my life. There will never be a day that goes by that I won't think of you; life will never be the same. A part of my heart went with you when you crossed over the rainbow bridge. I will forever miss your stinky breath, your cuddles, the sounds of ...
Angela Florida
May 7, 2018
“Solophia aka 'Solo" RIP
1.21.2004 - 4.25.2018
We lost our efforts to maintain Solo's health....
Our little Solophia filled every room with love. She brought joy to our family. She followed us all over, as she never wanted to be away from us. Solophia had a bed of hers in every room. She ran with fierce energy, ate treats like they were going ...
Christy Sherman
April 27, 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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