Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


Veterinary Hospice$250

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.


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$250

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.


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 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 


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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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

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.

"Dr. Porta was great, she was able to do her job all the while our two young girls, ages 2 and 4 climbed all over her. Thank you for everything that evening. Honestly was so appreciated!!"

Mike & Michaele Hemby
Howell, Michigan

"Dear Dr. Porta (Laura):

I am immeasurably grateful to you and to Lap of Love services. Letting go of Bobo was incredibly painful but the experience of saying good bye was really the very best I could imagine. For years (and of course, more recently), I have imagined how I would like the end for him to be; yesterday surpassed my expectations. You are a true angel and you have really touched us with your compassion, patience, clear love for animals, and sensibility for this work. THANK YOU so very much for everything. We are moving out today and tears have passed a bit, but I'm also really happy knowing the worst is over for Mr. Wilson. I can move forward knowing that yesterday was as beautiful an experience as it was. We will send prayers to you and all the other families you help.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Karen Lippowiths
Howell, Michigan

"Today was the day we let our fur kid go. It was not an easy decision to make, but in the end we realized he had been letting us know it was time. For 10 1/2 years, Rocky brought us joy, laughter, happiness and loyalty. He earned every one of the tears we've shed and no doubt will continue to shed for some time. From the moment I made the call, I was treated with compassion and caring even though I was crying throughout the phone call. I received an email right after my call, explaining what would happen. Dr. Porta called when she was about a half hour out, and from the moment she came into the house to meet Rocky, she made him comfortable and passed the Rocky Test. Our furry paperweight got to be in his own home, surrounded by his family, comfortable and secure. He got to lay in his favorite place looking out the door hearing our voices to the end. We weren't hurried or rushed and she let us make the call for the final shot, giving us the time we needed. She brought the stretcher in for him and we placed him on in it and tucked him in with his blanket and we carried him out. As painful as the decision was to make, using Lap of Love allowed us to give Rocky the gentle and painless death he earned and deserved. I am so glad that Lap of Love was there for us and would unreservedly recommend them to anyone else faced with making this decision. Dr. Laura was kind an compassionate and I'm so glad she was there for us. Thank you...."

Kristina Allder
Wyandotte, Michigan

"Dr. Laura,

Thank you so much for your support, kindness, and gentleness! Lindsay and I appreciate it more than you will ever know. You provided us the perfect atmosphere to say goodbye to our beloved Spartygirl. The special touches you provided were so thoughtful and went above and beyond anything we expected. Thank you so much for the lifelong memory you created for our family!!"

Matt Derocher
Howell, Michigan

"Dr. Laura:

Thank you, and your staff. I have no words for how wonderful you made this difficult decision. From the moment my phone call was answered, to the time you showed up and had to listen to my father's bad jokes. I made this decision before....but never, NEVER, have I felt so much empathy and sincere care. YOU, Dr. Laura, have already gained YOUR angel wings.....Thank you."

dana tashnick
pinckney, Michigan

"I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Dr. Laura for all that she did for Kota and to help him in his final moments, and to help me not be a basket case thru all of this. She was so caring and she explained everything to me and when she came for her Initial Consultation, just sat next to him and petted him the whole time. Well not like she had a choice. If she stopped, she got "THE LOOK", lol Thank you once again Dr. Laura and I will forever be grateful to you and Laps of Love."

Kenneth Kline
Milford, 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
“Our family enjoyed 13 unremarkable years with Kraymer, (and his brother Otis who passed Dec. 5th 2016). Two of the friendliest, and charming dogs a family could own. And as a first time Bully owner, truly smart boys. These two dogs were our children. The endless pics, videos, and road trips to grandmas house constitute proof. From the ever ...
Mike & Michaele Hemby
May 5, 2017
“I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to Dr. Laura for all of her help and her caring and kindness when it came to Kota and for helping me thru this difficult time. And I would also like to say THANK YOU to all the staff members that work for this company. I am so sorry that I did not take notes when talking with all of you. I would love to ...
Kenneth Kline
December 30, 2016
“Dear Cheeto was a good, gentle soul. He wagged his tail and was happy until the very end. Life will never be the same without him. He touched our lives and created goofiness and happiness.”
Karen Elly
December 14, 2016
“I just want to say what a meaningful gathering we had at our home, and how thankful I am to Lap of Love and Dr. Laura. Our Elliot was made comfortable, and we had plenty time to share memories, laugh & cry. I will miss my Elliot, but memories of him will always be in my heart.”
Cheryl Walker
December 5, 2016
Lap Of Love Locations
New Jersey
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North Carolina
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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
PO Box 178
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189