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-$100 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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice.

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 veterinarian 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.

"Simply amazing and so much compassion and understanding. From start to finish I was so at ease and so comfortable with the decision and Dr. Laura made me feel very confident I was making the right decision. I would more than highly recommend Lap of Love. My experience with Lap of Love from talking to coordinators to the procedure with Dr. Laura was truly one I’ll never ever forget. My heartfelt thanks to you all at Lap of Love for giving my Hoochie his wings to run free."

Cathy Leight
Southfield, Michigan

"She was very caring, and easy to talk to. She really understood what i was going through. Props to you."

Joe S
waterford, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was so kind and compassionate. I know this job can’t be easy, and we were just so grateful to have someone so caring come to our house. It was so very peaceful. I didn’t want my Charley to go, but if he had to go, that was the only way."

Holly Ish
Canton, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta was the perfect choice for our Reba. She was caring, compassionate and calming. She treated Reba with respect and dignity and took time to be sure Reba was at ease and comfortable. The choice, decision and process of euthanasia is so emotional. Dr. Laura gave me reassurance and peace. I am so thankful that I called Lap of Love and found Dr. Laura."

Nancy Yalonen
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Dr Laura Porta was wonderful and very compassionate, and caring."

Lisa Pratt Glenn
Madison Heights, Michigan

"Thank you Dr. Porta for helping my cat Tux to pass without pain or fear, and in a way that although I'm still sorrowful, leaves me with good memories. Your kindness will always be appreciated."

N'Diva Arhm
Madison Heights, 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
“Hooch was a German Shepherd that came to his forever home at 4 wks old. I named him Hooch after the movie 'Turner and Hooch'. He lived with his brother Cognac a pitt/rottie and a sister Juju a pitt/boxer. Hoochie bonded with Juju as soon as they saw each other. Hooch was a soccer player and loved batting a basketball across the yard. He loved ...
Cathy Leight
December 7, 2018
“Scooter was the best dog ever to me and my girls. He was a great protector and friend to anyone who met him. He was the biggest lap dog in the world, I'm sure he set a record. My leftover dinner muncher, before cooking counter snatcher. sometimes he and his brother would plot a garbage can raid when no one was looking. Yes a few times he would run ...
Joe S
December 3, 2018
“Charley was my whole world. At just 5 years old he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma that was too far advanced to save him. He passed away so peacefully at home on Friday, and even still it’s so hard for me to be home without him. I miss him so very much, and would give anything to still have him here. I’m just so grateful that even for a short ...
Holly Ish
November 25, 2018
“Ginger was my baby girl she was perfect as the day I brought her home. She was 8 to 10 weeks when I got her, she never chewed anything up, she was smart, she knew her toys by name and she would go get them when I asked her too. I only put a leash on her for her protection because she would never leave my side and she would always look back at me ...
Lisa Pratt Glenn
November 16, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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 178
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

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