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.

"Thank you Dr. Karen for making a peaceful transition to Coffee‘s life. Thank you for your professionalism and, above all, the love and care you brought to our home."

Frank R
Chicago, Illinois

"Lap of Love supported us during this most difficult time. Dr. Kristina was so kind and compassionate. My sweet girl passed in the most peaceful way surrounded by her family that loved her. Thank you for being there."

Pamela L
Chicago, Illinois

"Thank you Lap of Love, for helping to make the transition easier for our little Asia. Dr. Kristina was wonderful helping us transition both Tiger and Asia.

Thanks for doing what you do to help families cope with the loss and for helping our pets move on to the next chapter with dignity! Asia was very quiet, sweet, easy going and loved to snuggle. We were very fortunate to have her along with her brother Tiger for 16 wonderful years and we enjoyed every moment! Asia's mind was sharp to the very last day of her life; unfortunately, her body broke down with age. Of our two precious black mini schnauzers, Asia had the keen sense of smell and moved a little faster than her brother as they hunted squirrels, birds, chipmunks, rabbits and anything else that dare enter their backyard. Together they were the dynamic duo and tagged team to catch their prey. The loved people, walks on the country roads of Union Pier, Michigan and lazy afternoons sleeping on the deck.

Good-bye sweet little Asia, you will be missed, but will always be remembered!

Eric, Hillary, Dina and Morgan"

Dina Epperson
Libertyville, Illinois

"Dr. Kristina is truly amazing. While I certainly wish that we never had to say good bye to our beloved terrier, Toby, allowing him to be in the comfort of his home made for a surprisingly peaceful experience. The compassion that Dr. Kristina showed not only to Toby, but to my husband and I as well was genuine and remarkable. She made us feel comfortable that we were making the right decision, took the time to let us share stories about Toby and didn't rush us as we said our final good byes. Her love for animals and her compassion towards family members grieving the loss of their beloved pet made a very difficult heartbreaking event something we can look back on knowing that we gave Toby the best final gift of peace.

Thank you, Dr. Kristina"

Carrie Blomquist
McHenry, Illinois

"Dr. Kristina was great. She was empathetic to the situation and professional. Coming to the decision was extremely difficult, but I am so glad we used Lap of Love. My little baby became free of his pain in his last moments in his favorite place: at home surrounded by family, laying on my chest, falling asleep to head rubs. XOXO"

Jacqueline D
Winnetka, Illinois

"I want to express my sincere appreciation and heartfelt thank you to Dr Kristina. Putting our beloved McKinley to sleep was such a hard decision - and when we finally made it we knew we wanted a dignified, home passing.

Dr Kristina far exceeded my expectations for being a caring, knowledgeable and patient doctor. She made us feel at ease, which is amazing given the emotions and sadness of the day. She was gentle with our beloved McKinley and thoughtful about her comfort as well as preparing us for what would happen. She took her cues from us and waited until we were ready.

And she was very attentive - so attentive in fact that she completely blew us away with her lovely sympathy card and memorial she prepared on our behalf for our pup. I couldn't' have written it any better myself and it meant so much to me to know that our beloved pup was appropriately recognized because of Dr Kristina's above and beyond listening and empathy skills - I had no idea she was paying attention to our mindless chatter about our favorite memories or how McKinley came into our lives. But she was, and she beautifully captured them.

I am a huge fan of the work this company does and of Dr Kristina and would recommend both whole-heartedly!"

Lora Freeman
Highland Park, 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
“To my best friend.
To most loyal and loving buddy you will be forever missed.
I love you eternally!💌”
Frank R
April 9, 2019
“I lost my best friend today.
My heart is broken
Rest in the arms of the angels my sweet one
You have earned your wings
Until we meet again
love mom”
Pamela L
April 7, 2019
“Today we said goodbye to the most special pet I have ever known. My little man, Bacio, as many of you know very well, has been with me for over 16 years. From carrying him in a pet backpack to Blockbuster video (that’s how old he is), my little sidekick and I met in San Diego and have lived in 6 different homes together, as he co-slept nestled ...
Jacqueline D
March 27, 2019
“Winnie (bella)
Thank you for teaching me about unconditional love. You are the love of my life, my best friend and always “my sunshine”. I carry you forever with me.”
Amy Hammock
March 11, 2019
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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