Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

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$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

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$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

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
Mailing of urn to your home or office$25
Hand-delivery 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, can be mailed to you for $25, or can be hand-delivered 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. 

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.

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.

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.

"It's been over a year since we met Dr. Juliana on the day we put our baby girl, Brittney down. Since then, I have recommended Lap of Love to many of our friends with aging pets. The care and compassion and patience that we received from every person associated with Lap of Love was just amazing. It really made the toughest day of our lives easier. It was a huge comfort having time to make our decisions and to talk through options and concerns with Dr. Juliana. She gave me the time I needed to say goodbye and followed up to make sure we were doing OK. I can't recommend this service or this company enough!"

Vickie Rowe
Libertyville, Illinois

"This was a great experience. I wasnt sure if I was doing this too soon and she not only reassured me but also supported my decision. I wanted one last goodbye after she had started driving away and saw me come out of the house and stopped for me. I couldnt have asked for a more caring doctor in this difficult situation."

Akhila Vaishya
Glenview, Illinois

"Dr. Karen was the kindest, most compassionate, professional & sweetest vet that I've ever met. She kept making sure we were ready for the next step before proceeding. She explained everything, anticipated our concerns and addressed them. She assured us that it was time for Bailey to leave us, that "she's struggling". I'll always be grateful for those two words as it was so hard to let her go. She went so peacefully. Seeing her no longer in pain was wonderful. Now our pain begins and continues as she's everywhere......"

MJ Garay
Darien, Illinois

"Dr. Karen was incredible! We were amazed by the compassion she showed and how prepared she was down the the smallest detail to make the experience as comfortable for Buster as possible, and for us. We cannot express how grateful we are for the service that was provided. So incredibly personable and compassionate and knowledgeable! We are forever grateful for the great care we placed Buster in. It was the most peaceful transition we could have hoped for."

Jeff and Amie Devine
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Karen was so lovely and gentle with my Zoe. Her kindness made this bearable. She was able to come out the same day I called, and I appreciate her patience and concern."


Des Plaines, Illinois

"Dr. Karen guided me through the whole event with kindness and professionalism. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."

Greg Silva
Chicago, 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

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 673-9110

Blue Pearl (Skokie)

Pet Loss Support

  (630) 325-1600

Chicago Vet. Med. Assn. Pet Loss Helpline

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 564-5775

Blue Pearl (Northfield)

  (877) 394-2273

Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline

  (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
“Brooklyn has been my buddy for 10 years and 10 months to the date. I had no idea how much love would fill my soul because of his companionship. He's lived in and visited some of the coolest cities in the country: Cape Cod, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Portland, ME; Milwaukee, WI; St. Louis, MO; San Francisco, CA; Glenview, IL
He made us laugh when I drove ...
Akhila Vaishya
December 21, 2017
“Buster was truly 'our best boy'! We rescued him almost 16 years ago from a shelter and Amie knew instantly he was the one. From the moment he rolled onto his back, paws folded looking up at you saying 'rub me belly', we couldn't think of leaving him behind at the shelter. He blessed our home everyday for so many years and needless to say, we'll ...
Jeff and Amie Devine
December 4, 2017
“I miss you, my tiny, fierce, sweet, evil, nose-biting girl.”
October 27, 2017
“It’s a profound experience to watch someone age from baby to old person in 20 years. I feel honored and blessed that Fellini chose to be with me for so long.”
Greg Silva
October 19, 2017
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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