Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  [email protected]

We currently have very limited availability in the Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Brighton area. Please contact our support team to find out more information.


COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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 49 pounds$325
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$450
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$475

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 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 currently have very limited availability in the Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Brighton area. Please contact our support team to find out more information.


COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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.

"Lap of Love is awesome and makes saying goodbye so much easier. They are sincere, respectful and provide a great service!"

Michelle Jackson
Farmington Hills, Michigan

"Good Morning, Amy and I want to thank you for the wonderful service you provided to Mocha and us on Sunday afternoon. Dr. Cyrus was an expert and compassionate vet, who made this difficult time the best and most peaceful it could be. Amy and Linda"


Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was absolutely wonderful ! She was patient, kind, and compassionate. We feel so blessed that she was with us and supported us through this difficult process."

Karen Schmidt
Brighton, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was so incredibly wonderful. Even with the pandemic, she was willing to come out and help send our sweet Milo to heaven. She was calm and peaceful and Milo didn't even seem to be aware that there was a new person there. She made his paw print with his name on it and cut a lock of his hair. She sent a sweet card and email. She was not his regular vet, so her caring and sweetness meant a lot. I wish she would've been."


West Bloomfield, Michigan

"We knew we didn’t want to put Toby through a stressful car ride and vet visit for his final day, so I’m very thankful that Lap of Love and Dr. Laura were there for this difficult time. She made everyone comfortable from the moment she arrived, especially Toby and our 4 year old daughter. She was very professional, yet caring and sympathetic to our situation. She made the entire experience as positive as it could be, and she is truly a compassionate animal lover with a big heart. Thank you so much Dr. Laura."

Kevin and Sandy Szuba
New Hudson, Michigan

"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

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
“To my closest friends and clients who knew Kane and watched him grow throughout his life. Sadly Kane passed away, but left us with many many memories. Please join me in celebrating and remembering his life! ...

Kane was a great dog. He was my one and only foster failure. In his day he was a macho man - all brawn and muscles. He hauled ...
Michelle Jackson
August 12, 2020
“To our sweet, little baby Fauna,

We miss you dearly. Thank you for bringing so much joy, laughter, smiles, and wonderful snuggles and kisses into our lives. There is a huge hole in our hearts without you here with us.

Punkadoodle, you’re a strong, brave, adventurous, and spirited little girl! We’re so proud of you and are immensely grateful ...
Karen Schmidt
August 9, 2020
“Sweet, sweet Milo--you were the best dog we EVER had. You were the ONLY dog, ever, that I could say without hesitation, that you would never hurt a person or another animal. You helped us, immensely after "your boy" died and you bonded so well with Dad, after they told us you didn't like men. I couldn't have gotten through the last 6 years ...
August 8, 2020
“We will never forget you Toby. You were my best friend and a huge part of our family. It’s been almost a week since you got your Angel Wings, and we’re still adjusting. We miss seeing you relaxing comfortably in your bed, taking you outside, and the sound of your nails on the floor when you walked.

I want to thank you for coming into our ...
Kevin and Sandy Szuba
June 3, 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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