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.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

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.

"Dr. Miranda made the extremely difficult process of saying goodbye to Lucy one that was calm and full of warmth, and we felt so comfortable the whole time. We are forever grateful to her."

Brooke Sprague
Evanston, Illinois

"Miranda was incredibly helpful, kind, and compassionate. She helped calm Barnie down so he could be relaxed enough for the process. I honestly couldn't have had it any other way. She did a phenomenal job! Even well after it was over, she continued to email and even sent a letter to my family so they could be comforted! I know she is going to bring comfort to every grieving family member she assists. Thank you so much, Miranda!!"

Michael Hartmann
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Tyler exceeded our expectations of what to expect from this experience. The moment he stepped into our home, he was full of compassion for both us and our girl, Lady. He helped make light of the situation by allowing us to share funny and happy stories of Lady's life. We told the story of how Lady came into our lives and the impact she had on everyone that spent time with her. He helped put our nerves at ease by explaining what to expect with this process and by treating Lady with so much love. You could tell he cared for her as if she were his own pet. We are eternally grateful for the time we got to spend with Lady and the comfort that she was able to leave this Earth with. He truly made the experience feel like a small memorial for our girl and we are thankful for that.

Thank you, Dr. Tyler. You helped keep our minds at ease and allowed us to focus on what mattered in Lady's final moments. And that was remembering how much she meant to us and giving her comfort at the end of her life. Thank you."

Angela Pulice
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr Tyler

You provided such an incredibly important service during our greatest time of need!  We are forever grateful!!

When you knelt down next to our Bella for the first time, she was so thankful you were here, raising her head quickly then laying her head back down closing her eyes, knowing instantly you were here to help her say goodbye and that she could stop fighting for us!  You brought instant peace to Bella even before the process began which made me feel so good.  She was tired, ready and that moment reinforced we were making the right decision for Bella.

Thank you for what you do everyday.  I cannot imagine how we would have helped Bella during COVID without you coming to our house. Placing Bella in the purple velvet blanket was such a beautiful touch.

While we miss her dearly and our hearts still hurt, we know this one final act of love has allowed her to revisit her former glory and enjoy a healthy life with friends and family across the rainbow bridge!!!

Forever ThankfulCraig and Jen"

Craig White
Chicago, Illinois

"While this was the day that I always dreaded, Dr Maura was the kindest person I could have asked to help accompany me in this difficult time. She was so accommodating in helping make it more than just an at-home vet visit. She was there to provide comforting words during a difficult time and allowed me all of the time I needed to say goodbye. While I wish this day was never one that I had to go through, she allowed me to make her departure dignified and memorable. For this, I am eternally grateful. Knowing that Leo was in caring hands, gently resting, and quickly returned home to me (in less than a day) from Faithful Companion...it was extremely comforting during the most difficult time."

Joe Costa
Chicago, Illinois

"I will never forget Dr. Maura, and I will always be grateful for her kindness to Percy and me. She and a friend of mine gave Percy lots of pets and love that last morning. Dr. Maura was so patient with me, explaining in detail everything that would happen. I also am grateful that she later answered my many questions. She has a gift for dealing with people and animals, and she is definitely in the right profession. Lap of Love is lucky to have her. And Percy and I were lucky that she was the one who set him free. Thank you, Dr. Maura."

Joan Saliskas
Chicago, 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
“On Tuesday, January 12, our sweetest girl transitioned peacefully in my arms, knowing until her last breath that she was loved to the moon and back. Shortly before the vet arrived, she ate a little whipped cream and licked the tears off my face. The past year of difficult medical procedures and deteriorating health could not extinguish her ...
Brooke Sprague
January 13, 2021
“Bernard "Barnie Milton" Fife was a helluva guy. From the day he stepped into my family's life he wreaked havoc, in both his great and terrible Barnie ways. He was emotional, had an attitude, and was stubborn... but that's what we loved about him, and will always love him for. I can't tell you how many things he's left his mark on... and I mean ...
Michael Hartmann
January 13, 2021
“Lady was the light of our lives. She was such sweet, loving soul who always made sure you knew she felt that way. We were so lucky to have such an incredible cat that made a huge impact on us. Lady was full of sass and personality, which made her feel more human than cat. She was our serendipity.

Lady,
You were a source of happiness and love ...
Angela Pulice
January 10, 2021
“Dr Tyler
You provided such an incredibly important service during our greatest time of need!  We are forever grateful!!
When you knelt down next to our Bella for the first time, she was so thankful you were here, raising her head quickly then laying her head back down closing her eyes, knowing instantly you were here to help her say goodbye and ...
Craig White
January 2, 2021
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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