Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  [email protected]

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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.

"Yesterday my sweet Ella of 15 years got her angel wings. This was the hardest thing we had to do. Ella was the sweetest, kind, loving dog. But age started to effect her quality of life and I know she was suffering. Lap of Love helped us in so many ways to be able to come to the decision it was time. Dr Laura was so sympathetic and kind to my girl. She fell asleep for eternity very peacefully. I am so happy she was at home and very relaxed. Thank you Dr Laura and all the people behind the scenes."

Anita Maceri
South lyon, Michigan

"Dr. Laura is kind, loving, compassionate, and more. My sweet Bailey was diagnosed with chronic heart failure in early March 2020, but with meds was doing well. After two months, I woke up to find her breathing heavy and panting. She has been having some coughing spasms a few times during the week, and I had an appointment to see her Veterinary cardiologist, but I knew she wasn’t going to make it. I called my vet and was given the phone number for Dr. Laura since we are in quarantine and going through a global pandemic, and there was no way I was having her euthanized without me.

The person assisting me on the phone at lap of love was very patient, compassionate, and thorough. She was able to get Dr. Laura out to me within an hour and a half. Dr. Laura arrived and talk to me through as she was going through the process. She continued to talk sweetly to Bailey even after she had passed. She placed Bailey very kindly And gently in a basket and covered her with a blanket, all while talking to her and making sure she was “cozy.” That simple kindness means the world to me. Losing my baby really hurts, but for those moments, Dr. Laura made it just a little bit better.

Thank you Dr. Laura Porta!"

Becky Schigelone
Waterford, Michigan

"Dr Laura Porta came to assist me with Gus. She was calming and very helpful. I am grateful for her skill and presence. Due to Covid-19 we had to be safe, but biggest hugs to you Dr. Laura! Thank you!"

Carol Lange
Garden City, Michigan

"Dr. Laura came she was friendly beyond the Call of Duty. She was gracious and respectful to my dog and her family and I can't express how happy and how comfortable we felt with her here she did a marvelous job and I am so impressed. A big thank you to Dr Laura and a giant hug you made our grieving so much easier."

Deborah Stivers
ROMULUS, Michigan

"Thank you Dr Laura, you were so awesome to help us with our Gus. It was a beautiful way to have Gus get his Angel wings. The birds were chirping and it was so peaceful! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Sincerely , Kevin and Ann-Marie McCarthy"

AnnMarie and Kevin McCarthy
Livonia, Michigan

"We met Dr Porta by chance in 2018 when our dog Albert was ill. She is so compassionate and calming. She helped our family through a very hard decision. When the time came for Smiley, We knew we wanted her to be here. She really puts a calmness on such devastating day. She has a wealth of knowledge to share. She gives you all the time you need to say goodbye. I can’t thank you enough, Dr Porta, for all you do."

Michelle Waskowski
Royal Oak, 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
“Gus was my buddy through thick and thin. I've never had a smarter dog. He was my first small dog. I always owned big dogs, but wanted a lapdog. Gus was perfect. He always was either by my side, or a step behind me. I miss him so much and always will. Much love my "Little Man".”
Carol Lange
April 30, 2020
“Our Rosie girl was dear to our heart was a great companion. She was filled with love and she also was a therapy dog she'll be greatly missed buy the whole family. She'll be missed by her family Tiffany Ashley Kaelyn Deborah Skip and of course Avery”
Deborah Stivers
April 30, 2020
“Gus was the perfect Golden Retriever , loved by so many. He was an angel and will be deeply missed. Our hearts are broken. We were lucky to have him for almost 14 years! He loved going up north and walking in the woods , he just wanted to be where ever his family was.”
AnnMarie and Kevin McCarthy
April 27, 2020
“Smiley was our little man with the big personality. He was a great protector, tough, resilient, and always wagging his tail and smiling (hence the name). He loved snuggle buggles with his momma and playing tigger with his daddy. He loved camping and long walks. Even without sight, Smiley was fearless. He had a great sense of smell and hearing. He ...
Michelle Waskowski
April 21, 2020
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
PO Box 2526
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106

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