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.
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.
Laura Porta, DVM
"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 WalkerLivonia, 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 WallaceMelvindale, Michigan
"Thank you to Dr. Laura Porta for her kindness and compassion. She is a very special veterinarian with a gift for this kind of care."
Scott & Sarah MacDonaldHuntington Woods, Michigan
"Dr. Laura made a difficult time a little easier with her compassion and understanding. She explained the process to my husband and I and gave us time to say goodbye. She treated Bob like he was her own and really showed an understanding as to how special he was to me."
Nicole KillionPlymouth, Michigan
"We have much gratitude & praise for Dr. Laura . She was very compassionate & loving . She was sensitive to our overwhelming grief . Thank you , Dr. Laura"
Rebecca PearchHowell, Michigan
"We are so pleased we made the decision to go with Lap of Love. Dr. Laura Porta was fantastic. The experience of being able to put our precious pet down in the comfort of home was a much better option."
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Emergency Center, Novi
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