Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.


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 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.

Meet The Doctor

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. Laura was very helpful at this time. She was very gentle with our Jimjim and made it possible to say goodbye."

James Baker
whitmore lake, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta was a true blessing for a final day in the life of our little guy.

Her warmth, concern, gentle words when she said "He has his Anngel Wings Now" will never be forgotten.

Hugs to a very special person...Thank You Dr. Laura

Susan and Larry"

Larry and Susan Anderson
Farmington Hills, Michigan

"Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you so much for your help yesterday. It was an incredibly difficult time, and I will always remember the compassion in your eyes and face, and the comfort of your reassuring words and hug... My husband and I feel you were the absolute right person to be with us, and to help with our beloved's transition.

You are doing sacred work. I/we appreciate you so much"

Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Dr. Laura Porta was a blessing for Lucy. She gave Lucy an amazing final month of life (after we were told she would only make it a few weeks), easing her pain enough to let her play with friends and family at our 4th of July party. When the time came to help Lucy move on, Dr. Laura went out of her way to come to our home during her day off to make sure Lucy did not suffer. Thank you so much Dr. Laura, we are forever grateful for your help and support!"

Matt Cleve
Brighton, Michigan

"Laura was so compassionate and empathetic it makes a truly devastating experience just a little bit more bearable. It is truly a calling to be able to help our beloved family members over to the rainbow bridge to wait for us, in a surrounding they are comfortable in and surrounded by the people that they love and love them. Our sweet, smart, and beautiful Gabby was with us 13 years and we have so many wonderful memories of her; we are so grateful that our last memories are of her peacefully passing on at home being loved."

Sylvia Roemer
Orchard Lake, Michigan

"I found out about Lap of Love at the HSHV Walk n' Wag n' Run a month ago. When I called them at 7:30 in the morning this week , as it was clear that our nearly 15 year old Franky needed help over the rainbow bridge, not only did I speak with a kind and compassionate real person but was able to have Dr.. Laura arrive in a matter of hours. We felt like she was an angel from heaven - so patient and understanding and professional. We lost another dog a few months ago and that was a nightmare. Our own vet kindly came out but Rudy had died a painful death before she could rearranged her appointments and come. If only we had known about Dr. Laura and Lap of Love. I highly recommend their services and am spreading the word to our own vet, our neighbors and friends and the HSHV emergency services that helped our little girl go to sleep quietly, painlessly and with dignity."

Janice and Bob Anschuetz
Ypsilanti, 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
“A very special dog who became a member of our family over the years. He loved the water, was very fun and playful. I can think of so many memories....and will cherish them all. He was a rescue which we got when he was 4 months old. He was a black lab mix, was very smart and had an energy that was un-exhaustible for all but the last few ...
James Baker
July 24, 2017
“Lucky you were a gift to us and part of the fabric that made our house a home. We miss your smells, little paws, soft moans, being on YOUR chair at the table with each meal, little demands for food at couch time, running over the hill, down the hall, dragging toys, looking for a special when we got home, barking at helicopters, sleeping on my ...
Larry and Susan Anderson
July 11, 2017
“Lucy was an amazing member of our pack, along side our boxer Titan and cat Phoenix. She enjoyed guarding the house against strangers, protecting Titan at daycare, roughhousing with Phoenix, and letting small children hug her. Lucy was a rescue, but she didn't let that stop her from being one of the most loving dogs we've ever met. We only got ...
Matt Cleve
July 9, 2017
“There could not have been a more loving, kind and gentle dog than Bella. She loved all she met, humans and animals alike. She gave unconditionally of her love to all the fosters who rotated through our home. She was "mama dog" to anything smaller than her. There is a huge void in my life and the lives of all who knew and loved her. It is a ...
Pat Felts
May 31, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 178
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

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