Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas
Dr. Laura will be unavailable from August 18th - 20th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.
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.
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
"Yesterday, August 6, 2018 was Beethoven's last day on Earth. He is my beloved St. Bernard and had lost the use of his hind legs due to spinal cord cancer. I called in the morning and Dr. Laura came out that afternoon. It was important to me because it hurt me to look at my puppy (he was almost 8, but still my baby) and know the end was near.
She was very nice to me and my family but the most important part is how caring and loving she was to Beethoven. She calmed him and didn't hurt him and was respectful of Beethoven. I will never forget her for helping with the hardest decision I had to make so far in my life. I will miss Beethoven but know that he left in the best way possible.
I thank you and Beethoven does too."
Kirk StasiukNorthville, Michigan
"David and I want to extend our warmest gratitude for the kindness that Dr. Laura showed us and our dear Dixie through a truly difficult time. Dixie was with us for over 17 years and was loved like a child. She brought us great joy and affection. She will be forever missed.
Dixie took a quick turn toward the end and Dr. Laura was here to ease our concerns about letting her go. She gently explained what would occur and allowed us to spend the time we needed with her. It was a great comfort being able to hold Dixie as her pain eased and she drifted off. The care Dr. Laura showed Dixie after she was gone showed her gentle spirit and kindness towards animals and the humans that love them.
It may seem silly to some, but we've also appreciated the small token of her paw print to keep with us through the years."
Amanda HillCanton, Michigan
"My sweet Figaro declined in health quickly and he was never a good traveler. When he was no longer responding to treatment, I knew that I wanted to have his last moments be stress free and in the comfort of our home. Lap of Love was so caring on the phone when I scheduled the appointment. Dr. Porta could not have been more wonderful. She listened to our stories about our dear, sweet boy and was very comforting in our time of grief. I am so appreciative of Lap or Love and Dr. Porta for providing such a wonderful and caring service."
Jennifer TomkoSouth Lyon, Michigan
Saying goodbye to Max was one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do.
I am just so greatful for you and your team to help us through this difficult time.
You were so kind and gentle with all of us.
thank you so much
Renee CoxHolly, Michigan
"Dr. Laura was Max's angel on the day he passed. She was so caring and sympathetic to Max's condition and he loved her enough right away to roll on his back to get a belly rub and he remained that way during the entire procedure until he peacefully passed away. I am forever grateful to Dr. Laura for making such a hard situation a great experience for Max. He died with a smile and I am so happy with the decision to have Dr. Laura come to my house, I would not ever do it any differently. Dr. Laura, you are truly an angel for our furry companions, Max thanks you for helping him to peacefully cross over. :)"
Dorothy KenwellHowell, Michigan
"Dr. Laura and the staff were so wonderful. She treated Rosie and her sisters with such respect and kindness. She gave us the time we needed and explained everything that she was doing. I appreciate her patience with us and allowing us to tell some stories about Rosie. She truly is a gift to be able to do what she does."
Leslie MillerBirmingham, Michigan
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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