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.
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. Porta was very kind and gentle during a very emotional and difficult time. The care that she took with Mullins both in life and after death was very much appreciated. He was very peaceful and never suffered in his final moments."
Andy & Astrid HatchLake Orion, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was impeccable, from beginning to end. It was the best experience on the worst day of our lives. She was kind, gentle and helped us throughout the situation. She thoroughly explained everything that was happening, and we were instantly comfortable with her. I will recommend Lap of Love to anyone looking for this service, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Laura and this service."
Kelly MasonSouth Lyon, Michigan
"Our hairy boy was diagnosed with a tumor on his cerebellum in April, we did not want his last memory in life to be going to the vet. We decided on Lap Of Love, I reached out to them with a couple questions and they were so supportive even before anything was ever scheduled. Dr. Laura emailed me throughout his illness, checking in, offering tips, helping us to understand this. He did not suffer throughout his illness, his life certainly changed after his diagnosis, he still walked 2 x day but shorter, ate like a pig, anything he wanted (liked that :)), more sleeping. We knew the end of the road was near and did not want suffering for him. We scheduled the date and time for 6/25/17, we really only beat the suffering death he would endure by a couple days. She called when she was 20 minutes away. That day was all his faves, chicken and rice for breakfast , nice walk in the morning, sat outside for couple hours with his fav girl, Breyers ice cream cups all day, we had a BBQ, he ate a entire burger, hot dog and most of a T-bone steak, complete with side dishes :) More ice cream :) Dr. Laura arrived clad in shorts & sandals as one usually is on Sundays, we had a blanket on the floor, he was laying there eating ice cream, she explained her steps, she brought air dry clay and made paw prints for everyone, had little containers for locks of hair. We were all around him, petting him, talking, crying, he was enjoying some Breyers and then he just fell asleep. That was it, one of the most depressing days of my families life for sure, big heartbreak, this fella was our son, brother and the entire house best friend and he just passed away from this god-awful brain tumor, totally unaware of it, eating ice cream. I hope that for anyone having this terrible experience in their life that your hairy son /daughter ending can be as good as our guy's was. Thank you Dr. Laura for your kind, loving heart. Lap Of Love made his death tolerable, I smile through the tears when I think of him falling asleep eating ice cream. We miss him everyday! XO"
"Dr. Laura Porta was kind and compassionate. She explained every step and reinforced as each step proceeded.
She immediately saw in Maverick everything I saw in him and allowed Maverick and I time.
Her thoughtfulness before, during and after this transition will be remembered as the best part of letting Maverick go."
DeLaney ProvencherCarleton, Michigan
"In what was a very difficult event in my life, Dr. Porta was incredibly gentle, caring and supportive. The process of putting my sweet Abby to sleep was peaceful and at home with me in her favorite spot. I cannot think of a greater service to a pet owner than to make it possible for that to happen."
Kathe BowenAnn Arbor, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was very helpful at this time. She was very gentle with our Jimjim and made it possible to say goodbye."
James Bakerwhitmore lake, Michigan
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Ann Arbor
Veterinary Emergency Service - West, Plymouth
Ann Arbor Animal Hospital
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
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