Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I’d like to thank Dr. Laura and Lap of Love for responding to my last minute request of changing appointment. Dr. Laura was very professional yet wam and compassionate, and treated my dog with dignity and kindness. I asked her if I’m doing the right thing, and she explained his condition and this is the best I can do."
"I simply cannot say enough good things about Dr. Laura.
She was so empathetic to our feelings .
She actually made our dog's passing a beautiful experience.
You could tell she loved her job and animals the minute
she entered our home. My dog immediately liked her even
though she was entering his favorite spot and a spot he
would be the most territorial about. I fell in love with Dr Laura
when she told me how handsome our little Ricky was,
and I knew she meant it. She was so calm and loving and
explained things to us every step of the way. She allowed us
enough time to pet and love our dog before his passing.It was
important to her that both Ricky and his owners alike have a
good experience. Thank you Dr. Laura!!!!!!!"
Janet HinchcliffeHighland, Michigan
"As hard of a decision this was to come to, the process was as peaceful and stress free to Clara as could be. Laura was patient and understanding, and allowed us all of the time we needed to get through it. Clara passed very peacefully, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way."
Dan KiznerDavisburg, Michigan
"Everyone at Lap of Love was wonderful from my my initial phone call through to the very end. It's a very difficult decision and process but Dr. Laura was our angel and made the entire process so peaceful.
Dana and Aaron PulverFarmington Hills, Michigan
"Dr. Porta was very kind and gentle during a very emotional and difficult time. The care that she took with Mullins both in life and after death was very much appreciated. He was very peaceful and never suffered in his final moments."
Andy & Astrid HatchLake Orion, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was impeccable, from beginning to end. It was the best experience on the worst day of our lives. She was kind, gentle and helped us throughout the situation. She thoroughly explained everything that was happening, and we were instantly comfortable with her. I will recommend Lap of Love to anyone looking for this service, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Laura and this service."
Kelly MasonSouth Lyon, Michigan
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Ann Arbor
Veterinary Emergency Service - West, Plymouth
Ann Arbor Animal Hospital
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
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.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 178Whitmore Lake, MI 48189