Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  AnnArbor@LapofLove.com

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and 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.

Additional Appointment 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), 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 29 pounds$300
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rose wood urn with engraved nameplate (optional) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian in two weeks. Other arrangements are possible (please inquire) or made available directly from the crematory.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 29 pounds$100
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$150
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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 on private property. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee of $50-$100 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.

Dr. Laura

Laura Porta, DVM

I grew up in the small Northern Michigan town of Gaylord.  We had many dogs and cats when I was growing up, whom I loved from afar because I was severely allergic to them!  Thankfully, I grew out of my allergies and was able to pursue a career involving my love for animals.  I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate work and veterinary school and achieved my dream in 2001.  I practiced small animal medicine in the area, including clinics in Kalamazoo, the eastern Detroit area, and Howell, where I was able to help, heal and treat my furry clients.
  
While working in one small animal practice, we were getting several requests for in home euthanasias, and I was wiling to help.  As I started to perform in home euthanasias, I found it was such an honor and privilege to help clients with their beloved pets in their home.  To allow a pet to remain in the comfort of their home, surrounded by their loving family for their final moments was a feeling I can't describe.

Although I found myself drawn to helping families for end of life care, I understand the enormity of this decision as a pet parent. I had to endure the heartbreaking decision-making process as a pet parent with our dog, Quimby. Even though I'm a veterinarian, I'm also a pet parent, so I felt the anxiety and helplessness of making this difficult decision. I hope I can bring you some comfort and assurance that this decision can be your last gift to your pet. I performed Quimby's euthanasia at home with my family hugging him and loving on him as he took his final breath.

I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and share our loving home with a myriad of pet children including our crazy German Shorthaired Pointer, named Monty, who can't sit still. We also have two cats, named Frodo and Jess, who love to lounge in the sun on the screened-in porch as I read, which is how I love to spend my time.

About Laura Porta, DVM

I grew up in the small Northern Michigan town of Gaylord.  We had many dogs and cats when I was growing up, whom I loved from afar because I was severely allergic to them!  Thankfully, I grew out of my allergies and was able to pursue a career involving my love for animals.  I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate work and veterinary school and achieved my dream in 2001.  I practiced small animal medicine in the area, including clinics in Kalamazoo, the eastern Detroit area, and Howell, where I was able to help, heal and treat my furry clients.
  
While working in one small animal practice, we were getting several requests for in home euthanasias, and I was wiling to help.  As I started to perform in home euthanasias, I found it was such an honor and privilege to help clients with their beloved pets in their home.  To allow a pet to remain in the comfort of their home, surrounded by their loving family for their final moments was a feeling I can't describe.

Although I found myself drawn to helping families for end of life care, I understand the enormity of this decision as a pet parent. I had to endure the heartbreaking decision-making process as a pet parent with our dog, Quimby. Even though I'm a veterinarian, I'm also a pet parent, so I felt the anxiety and helplessness of making this difficult decision. I hope I can bring you some comfort and assurance that this decision can be your last gift to your pet. I performed Quimby's euthanasia at home with my family hugging him and loving on him as he took his final breath.

I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and share our loving home with a myriad of pet children including our crazy German Shorthaired Pointer, named Monty, who can't sit still. We also have two cats, named Frodo and Jess, who love to lounge in the sun on the screened-in porch as I read, which is how I love to spend my time.

"Dear Dr. Porta,

I want to thank you so very much for helping Mugsy get his wings on February 2. I am very grateful you are part of a practice that specialize in home end of life care. It was peaceful for Mugsy and us too. I want to also thank you for the nice condolence card as well.

Sincerely,

Merilee & John"

Merilee Shipman
Ypsilanti, Michigan

"Dr. Laura came into my home as a stranger and left as a friend. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was made bearable because of her. She took her time, didn’t rush me, explained everything up front and as she was doing it. She was wonderful to me, my husband and my little boy. I have never met a sweeter, more understanding person in my life. She was amazing and I am very grateful and thankful for her. She couldn’t have treated Max any better if he was her own baby. And she helped me through a horrible time."

Robin Cousino
Taylor, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta ensured that our cat, Tumbleena, had a painless and peaceful death on 1/28/19. Dr. Porta has a very comfortable and comforting presence that made us feel at ease throughout the process. She went going above and beyond in coming to our home in the midst of a snow storm. Thank you Dr. Porta for being there for us and Tumbleena.

Susan & Jim"


Ypsilanti, Michigan

"Dr. Laura helped Rinke pass peacefully. Thank you for your calmness, professionalism and walking us through the process."

Jamie Scott
Canton, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was so kind and compassionate to our fur baby and our family. She helped make Mickey comfortable and helped us beyond our expectations. She showed Mickey the kindness and respect he deserved . I can not say enough good things about her."

Laura Page
Howell, Michigan

"Our deepest gratitude to Dr. Laura for her kindness and compassion. Having the opportunity to hold Cinnamon in my lap in his last moments meant the world to me and I know he was at peace as well. Thank you for taking Cinnamon to his final resting place and for all of your kind words the following day, together with the card and leaving us with his paw print to forever memorialize our sweet little man."

Nanette Dudek
Plymouth, Michigan

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (248) 348-1788

Animal Emergency Center, Novi

  (734) 369-6446

Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Ann Arbor

  (734) 207-8500

Veterinary Emergency Service - West, Plymouth

Emergency Clinic

  (734) 662-4474

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve west of Detroit, including the areas surrounding Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Brighton. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“My baby boy was tired. I didn’t want to ever have to make the decision but when it came down to my baby suffering or letting him go free of his tired, broken down body, I did what was best for him. I had never been through this before and I don’t think I would have been able to make if my Max didn’t look so peaceful and comfortable because he took ...
Robin Cousino
February 12, 2019
“He left a fur-ever paw print on my soul. He was an exceptional cat in that he liked people and other animals. He was very patient, gentle, and loving. He always wanted to be part of the group.”
Merilee Shipman
February 3, 2019
“From the moment we met, you have been my little baby. You loved to snuggle in a warm lap and were content doing that all day! Always a good girl, you just loved to be loved and you were easy to love. After each hair cut, you would look like the little pup you once were. Thank you for being such an unconditional companion, friend and doggie ...
Jamie Scott
January 24, 2019
“In loving memory of our dear sweet Mickey. He was such a unique special dog who made us laugh and would comfort you if you were sad. He wanted to always be by your side. He was the most loving creature. He loved all the extended family as well. We already miss him more than words can express. Thank you Mickey for all that you gave our ...
Laura Page
January 20, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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