PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$335

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

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.

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

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

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 over will be quoted

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.

*Hand-delivery or courier return of urn will be quoted, based on location

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

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

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

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

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.

"Dr. Kristina is such a wonderful person. During such a difficult time, she helped us through each step, she encouraged us based on the situation at hand. I will never forget her kindness and compassion towards people and animals. Dr. Kristina remembered everything we talked about with our lil boy Willie while remaining professional. I am in awe with the Lap of Love staff from the time I reached out until the close of the afternoon our sweet boy went to the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for providing a service where families can come together, and give their family pets a place to rest in peace in their home, and with the dignity they deserve."

Becky Stach
Lindenhurst, Illinois

"Dr. Kristina is a jewel. The comfort and deep caring she provided when Talia and I decided that it was time for her to go Home made her passing so much easier. I never knew that there was such a thing as pet hospice and what Dr. Kristina provided was such a warm and gentle atmosphere for Talia and me to say our physical farewells. For her to be surrounded by all the love and familiar sights and scents of her home, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for Dr. Kristina and all who are connected with Lap of Love. My deepest thanks to you wonderful angels-on-earth."

Linda Chiles
Phoenix, Arizona

"The most difficult day in our life was made easier because of the compassionate assistance and presence of Dr. Kristina at Spencer’s passing. She was tremendously kind and gentle, explained everything, allowed us to ask questions and was there to comfort us when we mourned. It gave us such comfort to have Spencer be in his home when he left us. Dr. Kristina was gentle, loving and gave us confidence that we had made the right decision. We cannot be more thankful to her and Lap of Love."

Dan and Jim Ingram
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Liz was so kind and she was very patient with us. Even though it was a fast process she made everything better. And lap of love made everything better and I appreciate everything you guys have done for us."

Ashley Padilla
Elgin, Illinois

"Dr. Karen was so sweet and gentle with Skye and us. We could not have asked for a better person to help our girl transition."

Becky Slagle
Homewood, Illinois

"I was not there in person. I was on videochat. Dr. Gadberry was beyond wonderful. She made my mother feel as comfortable as anyone could in that situation. And I know she made sure my puppy was at peace. Dr. Gadberry, thank you. I never met you in person, but you should know that you made a horrifying situation just a bit better. And what more could you truly ask for? Thank you.

-John Stamer"

Royce Stamer
Winnetka, 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
“Our sweet Willie was one of a kind. We often called him "Wiggle Willie" because his tail was always wagging. He loved to lay outside basking in the sun. Willie loved to play with his fur siblings Trixie and Oreo by running in the yard. Willie also found his courage with his "Crew". He would buddy up next to his brother Oreo and try to bay like no ...
Becky Stach
July 16, 2019
“Spencer Kensington touched the heart and soul of every person he met. He was a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Blenheim in color. His beautiful face, large dark round eyes and long ears could express dozens of emotions. But it was Spencer’s gentle spirit and loving demeanor that instantly warmed the hearts of anyone who met him. ...
Dan and Jim Ingram
July 9, 2019
“Bella came into our lives at a special time. She was a special girl with a huge heart and showed us that she loved us every single day. She was smart, resilient, awesome, and absolutely adorable. I miss her kisses and hugs. I miss her cuddles and her little cute nose. I miss her huge smile whenever we’d come through the door and her wagging tail. ...
Ashley Padilla
June 16, 2019
“In loving memory of our beloved Skye Girl
2004-June 14, 2019

Where do I start... you came into our life damaged and sad, we worked hard to give you a wonderful life, the life you should have always had. You were my first doggy and you made life so much better. You came out of your shell after realizing you were with a loving family, you ...
Becky Slagle
June 15, 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 533
Arlington Hts, Illinois 60006

Owned And Operated

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

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