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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Laura Porta, DVM
"On August 27, 2018 I said goodbye to my 21 year-old kitty. I was grateful for the compassionate and highly skilled services Dr. Laura provided. All in all, it was the best I could have hoped for on such a difficult day. Thank you, Dr. Laura, and thank you Barb, who initially answered my telephone call and was so very helpful and kind."
Susan KornfieldAnn Arbor, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was a Godsend on what was the hardest day of mine and my husband's life. She took so much time just petting and talking to our boy, putting him completely at ease. When he took his final breath, she looked up at us and said "he just received his angel wings". What a perfectly beautiful, compassionate thing to say. We are so grateful for the whole process being handled as thoughtfully as it was, from the initial call to Lap of Love, to the day my boy came back home to us from Heavenly Acres. Thank you Dr. Laura Porta, your staff and the staff at Heavenly Acres."
Theresa PearceMilford, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was very compassionate during this difficult time."
Nancy CoffeyBrighton, Michigan
"Yesterday, August 6, 2018 was Beethoven's last day on Earth. He is my beloved St. Bernard and had lost the use of his hind legs due to spinal cord cancer. I called in the morning and Dr. Laura came out that afternoon. It was important to me because it hurt me to look at my puppy (he was almost 8, but still my baby) and know the end was near.
She was very nice to me and my family but the most important part is how caring and loving she was to Beethoven. She calmed him and didn't hurt him and was respectful of Beethoven. I will never forget her for helping with the hardest decision I had to make so far in my life. I will miss Beethoven but know that he left in the best way possible.
I thank you and Beethoven does too."
Kirk StasiukNorthville, Michigan
"David and I want to extend our warmest gratitude for the kindness that Dr. Laura showed us and our dear Dixie through a truly difficult time. Dixie was with us for over 17 years and was loved like a child. She brought us great joy and affection. She will be forever missed.
Dixie took a quick turn toward the end and Dr. Laura was here to ease our concerns about letting her go. She gently explained what would occur and allowed us to spend the time we needed with her. It was a great comfort being able to hold Dixie as her pain eased and she drifted off. The care Dr. Laura showed Dixie after she was gone showed her gentle spirit and kindness towards animals and the humans that love them.
It may seem silly to some, but we've also appreciated the small token of her paw print to keep with us through the years."
Amanda HillCanton, Michigan
"My sweet Figaro declined in health quickly and he was never a good traveler. When he was no longer responding to treatment, I knew that I wanted to have his last moments be stress free and in the comfort of our home. Lap of Love was so caring on the phone when I scheduled the appointment. Dr. Porta could not have been more wonderful. She listened to our stories about our dear, sweet boy and was very comforting in our time of grief. I am so appreciative of Lap or Love and Dr. Porta for providing such a wonderful and caring service."
Jennifer TomkoSouth Lyon, Michigan
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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