Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  AnnArbor@LapofLove.com

PRICING AND INFORMATION

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$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$160
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$200

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. Laura was very kind, and so gentle with our little girl. I could tell she genuinely cared."

Jason Theis
Commerce Twp, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was very gentle and sweet even just meeting us for the first time. She helped make it go as smooth as possible and I truly felt she cared about Muffy and this process."

Ashley Gomez
Livonia, Michigan

"We first met Dr. Laura in March of this year. We knew Howie's arthritis was only going to advance, and we wanted to optimize the time that we had with him, as well as make him as happy and comfortable as possible during that time. Since that day in March, we have reiterated over and over how grateful we were for Dr. Laura--she truly gave us our Howie back. There was never any hesitation to reach out with questions, and they were promptly, professionally, and compassionately answered. When the time did come for Howie to receive his angel wings, Dr. Laura was supportive and empathetic every step of the way. To be able to give Howie a calm, peaceful passing right here at home was all that we wanted, and she gave us so much more. It was a gift to hold our boy as he breathed his last breath. Dr. Laura said and did all the right things that we needed at that time. When we parted, kissing our boy for the last time, she enveloped us in the warmest, most genuine hug. I knew that Dr. Laura was going to take good care of Howie, as she already had. Thank you Dr. Laura, for being such a light during such a dark time."

Julia McLean
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Thank you, Lap of Love and Dr. Wegbreit. After a traumatic end-of-life experience with a previous pet, Lap of Love was absolutely the right choice for us when our precious Emma took a downward turn quickly. Emma slipped away very peacefully in her favorite spot on “her” couch at home and I am eternally thankful for that."

Becca M
Farmington, Michigan

"When I learned that my precious Lucy would likely succumb to diabetic ketoacidosis and only had a few days to live, I was advised to consider euthanasia. Such a heavy decision, and something I had hoped I would never have to consider. Lucy was my "test baby" and had been with us for over 15 years. She was there when the kids were born and provided comfort and support to our family as we all grew older. As much as it hurt me to make the call, I did it for Lucy. I am not sure what I expected the experience to be like (aside from extremely emotional), but looking back on it, it could not have gone any better. Dr. Cyrus was very compassionate and treated Lucy with such dignity. He relieved my anxiety by reassuring me that I had made the right decision and Lucy would finally be free of suffering. He talked our family through the process, leaving us all feeling very comfortable with our decision. As Lucy drifted away, I felt a sense of peace, and while I was extremely sad that she had departed, I realized our loss was her gain. I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Cyrus and his wonderfully comforting bedside manner. I would also like to complement Lap of Love for so quickly returning Lucy. She was returned to us within 24 hours, and it was very comforting to my children to have that sense of closure - the family was reunited. As I mentioned earlier, I did not know what to expect, but Lap of Love certainly understands the emotions involved in letting a pet go, and was able to transform a tragic event into a very well-thought out, peaceful experience."

Michelle Heldke
Novi, Michigan

"Earlier this week, my beloved elderly Anatolian Shepherd, Maxximillian, let me know that he was tired and the complications from Cushings had reached a point where he was ready to cross over to the next plane. I had rescued him at age 2, and I was blessed enough to share 10 years on this planet with my magnificent Best Boy. I will always be grateful to Dr. Cyrus and all of the team associated with Lap of Love for the service they provided in making a heartrending moment as comfortable and peaceful as possible for Maxx. He had already taken on the insecurity of an older gentleman -- things that he once took in stride, like car rides and vet visits, had become scary for him. It was the least I could do for my dear and faithful friend who at all times loved and protected me and who I knew with certainty would have given his life for me to make this passage as comfortable for him as possible. That was only possible if he could pass at home, which he did, in my arms, with his head in my lap which was his favorite way to fall asleep. For this gift, I shall be forever grateful to the team at Lap of Love. Everyone, from the folks who answered the phone when I made my first inquiries back in January, through the gentlemen that carefully and respectfully took him on his final car ride to the crematorium, treated my dear Maxx with respect and kindness. Again, a gift for which I will always be grateful and cannot forget. A humble thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Diane Shomo
MILFORD, 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
“Morgan "Moo Moo" We miss you so much! You'll never be forgotten. No longer will you suffer from the ailments that were stealing your quality of life. Wish we had more time.”
Jason Theis
August 10, 2019
“Yesterday we had to put my cat Muffy down. She meant so much to me and my family. She was almost 18 years old, which still wasn’t enough time. She was born on April fools day which could explain her weird and craziness lol. I’ve had her since kindergarten and I truly don’t remember my life with out her, or even a memory with out her in it. Thanks ...
Ashley Gomez
August 9, 2019
“There is no way I can put Howie into words. Adopted at an estimated 6-7 years old, many people said to me "why would you adopt an old dog? You will only have him long enough to get attached before you'll have to put him down". How very wrong those people were. Howie gave so much joy to every person he encountered in the next 8 years. A gentle, ...
Julia McLean
August 6, 2019
“Emma passed away at the age of 14 on July 31, 2019. She was the sweetest soul and she will be missed greatly by her family.”
Becca M
August 1, 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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