Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  [email protected]

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

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.

"Dr. Porta made the worst situation the easiest and best as possible. She was comforting, gave us our time with our precious Bailey and talked through everything. I truly appreciate her and the ability Lap of Love gave us to let Bailey rest and be comforted in her own home before passing.

Thank you for taking care of our baby."

David Brimhall
Howell, Michigan

"We are very grateful for Dr. Porta, who came to our home on short notice. She was kind, professional, and sincere. With very heavy hearts, we had to say goodbye, but I am forever grateful that she could bask in the sun on the porch one more time."

Melanie Miller
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"When faced with the hardest decision you'll ever have to make regarding your most loved furry family member, we could not have asked for a better Veterinarian, knowledgable professional, and supportive hugger then Dr. Laura Porta. We knew we were in good hands when our beloved Jasper greeted Dr. Porta as soon as she entered our home. During such an emotional, sad, difficult time, she is a true angel and we, along with Jasper, are blessed to have shared this time of true heartache and struggle with the kind, beautiful soul that is Dr. Laura Porta. We thank you Dr. Laura, from the bottom of our hearts."

Brad Rambo
Westland, Michigan

"Saying goodbye to our sweet boy Murphy was so hard. It was a kind relief to be able to do so at home surrounding him with those who loved him. Dr Porta was so thoughtful, calm and caring. We are so grateful for the opportunity to kindly and lovingly say goodbye.

All of the details were addressed in advance so that in the moment all of our focus could be on Murphy."

Heather Piszár
Northville, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was really kind and gentle. She made the passing of our special boy easier by telling us what was going to happen at each step. Laura also made sure to allow us to grieve over a pet that has been with us every day for almost 14 years.

Thank you Dr. Laura"

Peter Stephens
Wixom, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was really kind and gentle. She made the passing of our special boy easier by telling us what was going to happen at each step. Laura also made sure to allow us to grieve over a pet that has been with us every day for almost 14 years.

Thank you Dr. Laura"

Peter Stephens
Wixom, 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
“Bailey was our staple and constant in our lives, our first ever baby. She was the greatest dog I've even known and was filled with so much love and happiness. She loved to cuddle and give kisses. We were each others comfort, and truly Daddy's best friend.

We love you Bailey! RIP
Love,
Daddy Mommy Madison Mackenzie Tucker Lacey & Louie”
David Brimhall
October 28, 2020
“Lily, was the best companion a human could ask for. She never complained about a thing, she was always looking for "more pats" by the nudge of her snout under your elbow. She loved sleeping under beds. Her white tipped tail would stick out with her two hind legs giving her hiding spot away. She loved going for walks (she had an annoying habit ...
Melanie Miller
October 25, 2020
“Jasper,
I don't even know where to begin as these tears of joyous memories and the pain of your loss well my eyes. You were such a happy, "voice-torus", loving, hungry, soft, playful "little" blueish grey purr machine. I miss your furry face popping around the corners of our home to greet Linsay and I when you got up and about or when we came ...
Brad Rambo
October 13, 2020
“Hamilton,

Thank you for being our friend. You are going to be missed and we still haven't vacuumed the fur yet. We realize that will be futile and understand that your plan was to be with us forever in one way or another.

Thank you for doing such a good job of caring for your humans
Thank you for the joy you brought every day
Thank you ...
Peter Stephens
September 27, 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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