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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.

Dr. Cyrus

Cyrus Wegbreit, DVM

I have always believed in helping both animals and humans and I see my role with Lap of Love as one of the best ways to accomplish this. I am honored to work in a field where I can help so many people and their pets in such a deep and profound manner.  

While in vet school, my wife and I realized that our dog, Buddy, had reached the end of his time with us. He was treated for Chronic Heart failure and after 14 extra months with him, he grew tired. One of our professors graciously offered to come and help Buddy be put to rest in our home. When the day arrived, it was such a relief to know that Buddy would be well cared for and that we, as his parents, only had to focus on keeping him happy and comfortable. This moment hugely impacted our family and my veterinary career’s focus.  

After several years working as an emergency veterinarian and then a general practitioner, I became drawn towards end of life care. I am so honored and proud to be part of the Lap of Love family. I aim to provide every family that I help the same sense of comfort and security we were given as it truly meant the world to us.  

Because my wife and I met in vet school, we have a lot of animals - 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 guinea pig!  We also welcomed our son into world in July of 2018. It’s a busy household, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  In my off time, I enjoy hiking, gardening, soccer, and video games. 

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.

"Dr. Cyrus, oddly enough I expected someone much older with that name.. Lol. Anyway. Very caring and compassionate. Was very gentle with my dog and explained in detail everything he was doing.. Didn't rush.. Really took the time to make sure we were really ready.. I was beyond ready.. I just wanted my boy to not suffer a minute longer as he was in a great deal of distress.. I managed to hold it together until after he left.. But then it all just hit like a brick and I cried like a baby..

Thank you Dr. Cyrus.. I know its got to be tough what you do.."

april griffin
YPSILANTI, Michigan

"Dr. Laura left a short time ago with my two long time friends. She was super compassionate and gentle. One of them took a little longer and she was more than patient, making sure we both were getting the best care. I would recommend this service over a vet's office any day. I knew my kitties were comfortable and not stressed out. And, I felt very comfortable knowing they received the most gentle, best care possible on their last day on this earth. Thank you, Dr. Laura."


Linden, Michigan

"I just want to take the time and thank Dr. Laura for being there for our family, being so compassionate, and for helping to make saying goodbye to Dakota a little easier for us. She was so sweet to Dakota and took her time making sure he felt comfortable. He went so peacefully surrounded by everyone that loved him. There is a special place in heaven for people like her."


Wayne, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta was amazing!! She was calming and compassionate. She made the passing of our beloved Guinness special."

Danielle & Al Palomar
Highland, Michigan

"Dr. Porta was very compassionate & knowledgeable in this extremely emotional time. She explained everything before hand and encouraged us that Jackson’s health was rapidly declining, & we were being selfless by helping her not be in pain. But the best thing about Dr. Porta was that she was respectful and honored Jackson. She tenderly touched Jackson; she spoke softly and kindly to her; she made her face and neck comfortable even after she was gone; she very carefully pet and touched her paws to give us a keepsake, and she lifted Jackson with great carefulness and addition to detail. I felt like my baby was in good hands the entire time. This experience was peaceful and calm, even though it was terrible loosing her."

Amy Gerali
South Lyon, Michigan

"Everyone I encountered at Lap of Love was fantastic. This is a difficult time, and everyone I spoke with made it as easy as possible. We chose at home euthanasia mostly for us. Our pup LOVED the vet. I mean, why wouldn't he? They gave him treats and pets and always told him how pretty he was. (He was very pretty.) But, this is a hard thing. I don't think he would've minded the vet scenario, but we would have. I'll never have it another way. It was peaceful, and we were able to help him on his way. I'm more grateful than I can ever say for this service."

Jennifer Mariucci
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
“Rock ole boy.. I never realized how difficult your passing would be for me.. But I've been in tears since you left us for a better place where your pain and suffering were no more.. I miss you already.. Buster misses you too.. Goodbye buddy..”
april griffin
May 23, 2019
“We love you so much Dakota. We miss you already sweet boy and hope your looking down from heaven and waiting until we all get to be together again.”
April 19, 2019
“Guinness was our goofball dog. He was the most vocal Greyhound we’ve ever seen. He would reply with howling to us when we would say “I love you”.
Guinness was adopted and was from a racetrack that closed down. His records showed he only ran one race, which we joke was because he can’t walk or run a straight line. He would always cut me off while ...
Danielle & Al Palomar
April 18, 2019
“Oh Sweet Jackson, you made my life full of joy! You were such an observant and tender little lady who loved unconditionally. We love you and miss you so much it hurts. I hope you’re enjoying the dog parks in Heaven; we can’t wait to play with you again!”
Amy Gerali
April 16, 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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 178
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

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