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

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$425
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$450

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$110
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$135
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$210
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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

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

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

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 Wegbriet handled our most difficult decision in a highly compassionate and respectful manner. We were able to have everything scheduled and managed exactly as we wished, to give our precious boy the best send-off possible. We highly recommend Dr. Cyrus and Lap of Love to anyone facing the traumatic, but most kind, final act we all must eventually share with our beloved furry family member. Most sincere gratitude for the services provided by Dr. Cyrus and Lap of Love."

Kristian Foondle
Saline, Michigan

"Dr. Cyrus was the best in such a difficult time. He was sweet and soft spoken and even wrapped a bandage around our sweet boys leg. He made sure to talk us through every step and supported us and my other dog! My boy was comfortable around Dr. Cyrus. He is the greatest. Although a hard day, my man Morley was surrounded by love! I can’t thank Dr. Cyrus enough. The entire lap of love service is truly a blessing!"

Stacey Oliver
Howell, Michigan

"Dr Cyrus was kind, patient and seemed loving. He explained the process and helped us feel that the decision that we made was the correct one."

Terri Wiechert
Troy, Michigan

"At 16 years and 6 months old Romeo experienced kidney failure and Dr. Wegbreit helped him to cross the rainbow bridge. We are truly grateful for his assistance. He was compassionate, caring, and very knowledgeable how to help our little Romeo.

Romeo hated vet visits and Dr. Wegbreit made the whole procedure better for Romeo since we could stay at home and cuddle him on the sofa in his favorite spot. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Wegbreit. My husband and I are extremely grateful for his professionalism and kindness during this difficult time."


Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Dr. Cyrus was beyond amazing with Ralph and our family. He was so gentle and loving and made us all feel as if he had known us for years. I cannot express enough gratitude for him and Lap of Love for helping us during this difficult time. He assured us we were giving Ralph the best gift and walked us through every single step with the upmost respect and understanding for our grief and pain. I honestly can't say enough about what his love and compassion did for Ralph and our family. He is truly an angel on earth along with everyone at Lap of Love. We will be forever grateful."

Kimberly Rieck
New Hudson, Michigan

"Dr Wegbreit,

Thank you so much for coming out to my home on Saturday. This kitty meant a great deal to me and I am so thankful that she was handled with extreme care during the final moments.

Of course we can never truly know what our pets are thinking at any given time, but know that how she fell asleep and how she placed her head in my arms was very typical of her. It gave me (and hopefully her) great comfort to know we shared those last few precious moments together in that way. That feeling and memory will stick with me for the rest of my life. I believe you truly made her passing as easy as it could have been, so I wanted to thank you as much as I can for that.

The house feels colder and more emptier than ever, but the speedy return of her ashes helped very much to close the wound and help in a speedy recovery for both me and my wife. Again I thank you for making that process as seamless as possible and minimizing the time in which she was absent from her home."

Andrew Niedert
New Hudson, 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
“About 6 years ago we went to adopt a Golden Retriever named Max. Little did we know, he was actually a giant moose, contained in a dog's body. He had been abandoned and then found and saved by Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan (GRROM), and we were blessed that Max adopted us.

When we got him, they were guessing he was between 3-4. He didn't ...
Kristian Foondle
December 7, 2019
“To my sweet boy! I will miss you every day! You chose me and I chose you! You made us laugh way too often even when you became an old man. Your brother misses you and baby girl does too. We will meet again and play in the snow, run in the yard and feast on things we shouldn’t. To my bestest boy! We love you!”
Stacey Oliver
December 1, 2019
“Cesar was a beautiful gentle soul. From the moment I went to save a puppy from a terrible place up north, and he ran to me and sat in my lap to the very end, he was my boy. He put up with various foster dogs, stomach bloat, being bullied by Frankie. He was the gentlest of gentle dogs. Cesar allowed the children in the neighborhood to walk him, ...
Terri Wiechert
November 29, 2019
“Oh, Romeo, how I miss "tap tap tap" sound of your tiny feet on the floor, your clumsy stepping on my feet since you could not see them, and your warm kisses to my legs every morning as I was preparing food. I miss your loud snores on the sofa every evening , your warmth, the touch of your soft, velvety fur, and your smell. How I miss coming home ...
November 6, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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
P.O. Box 178
Whitmore Lake, Michigan 48189

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