Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  AnnArbor@LapofLove.com

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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$100
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$150
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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 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, 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.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Dr. Laura

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.

About 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.

"Dr. Laura was professional, timely, considerate and caring. Thank you for helping us through this process."

Jamie Scott
Canton, Michigan

"Dr. Laura treated my old girl, Jasmine, like her own from the minute Jasmine greeted her at the door. Dr. Laura made the procedure peaceful for me, my family, and for Jasmine. She was reassuring of how we made the right decision for Jasmine, comforted us, and allowed us as much time and space as we needed to say goodbye to Jasmine. I could not have asked for a better process with having Dr. Laura send our sweet Jasmine across the rainbow bridge to wait for us. Thank you, Dr. Laura!!

Jasmine Ozog <3 11/1/04-5/12/18"

Chris Ozog
New Boston, Michigan

"As difficult as it is to decide it's time for you to say goodbye to your pet, the kind support from the staff at Lap of Love was immeasurable. Dr. Porta was so caring and patient with everything and allowed for our Emmylou to continue on her journey in such a compassionate way . We are forever grateful."

Susan Gillette
Daviburg, Michigan

"I first met Dr. Laura in May of 2017 at a fundraiser for my local Humane Society. I had a 19-year-old kidney cat and knew immediately that I would call her when TJ's quality of life was compromised. Less than a month later, we needed her help and that experience was so tender and peaceful that I promised Tamara her 'Tashie who was also a 19-year-old kidney cat, would have the same gentle passing."

Beth Andersen
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta is an angel of mercy. Her compassion was overwhelming. She did not rush the procedure but allowed as much time as we needed to let Sully go. She helped us with two other pets we had in the past and highly recommend her services when needed. Thanks Dr. Laura."

Brady Walker
Livonia, Michigan

"Dr. Porta was such a blessing for us on March 26. That was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do is give Dino our "sweet boy" his angel wings. We will never forget how she came into our home sat on the floor right next to Dino and cuddled and loved on him while explaining and discussing the process with tears pouring out of my eyes. She took her time and allowed us to process each step. She spoke to my 7 y/o daughter with great care and concern and allowed her to choose the lock of hair and gave it to her as "her little piece" of Dino. It was not easy to meet this stranger and let her "take" Dino away, but by the time she left, she was not a stranger but an angel for us. My husband who is big and covered in tattoos cried his eyes out and the hug she gave him made him feel comforted and know Dino was more than our Pet, but a cherished family member who will forever be missed. Thank you so much Dr. Porta! 💕"

Megan Wallace
Melvindale, 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
“We had nearly 16 years together. You were months away from turning another year older. I am grateful for the time you spent with me. I can only hope you enjoyed your life and your time as my pup. I hope I lived up to your greatest love.”
Jamie Scott
May 21, 2018
“'Tashie was under my roof and in my heart for just five months but she had this gift for making each one rich in serenity, affection, and hilarity. Her favorite early morning ritual was to gently punch me in the eyes -- she needed more room on the pillow. Our last day together was exceptionally delightful so it was an unexpected shock when 'Tashie ...
Beth Andersen
April 23, 2018
“My Dear Sweet Sully,
You were born on May 9, 2004 and just seven weeks later you came into my life and I became your master. Neither one of us knew at that time what the future would hold for us and how we would relate to each other. But it was love at first sight. As I watch the slide show of your life each day, I am overwhelmed with the ...
Brady Walker
April 8, 2018
“Dino was not just a dog. He is our first "son" as a couple. He watched our older kids outside in the yard. He played with the cats and loved to fetch! He enjoyed holding his own leash while walking. He hated water, and if he smelled rain he would refuse to go outside, holding out for 24+ hrs until we took him out on a leash. Hes been know to knock ...
Megan Wallace
March 29, 2018
Payment Options

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.

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