Southeast Michigan

  (248) 520-1318

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COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.


PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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, and fish. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$325
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$450
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$475

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 2-3 business days. Other arrangements are possible (please inquire), including availability directly from the crematory.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 if needed.

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.


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, but cannot guarantee that.

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Laura

Laura Witherell

I spent most of my childhood in Jackson, Michigan. My family had a variety of pets growing up, including dogs, cats, hermit crabs, and salamanders, all of which I enjoyed taking care of. Once graduating high school, I attended Western Michigan University and majored in biomedical sciences. After completing my undergrad degree, I was unsure of the next steps in my career. Around this time, my sister graduated from veterinary school and while navigating through what the next steps in my life looked like, I started assisting her in the clinic.  

With her encouragement, my love for animals, and passion for helping others, I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as well. I was accepted into St. George’s University, moved to the West Indies, and proceeded to earn my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree. This experience was one of the most memorable adventures of my life! 

Since completing veterinary school, I’ve spent the past decade working in a small animal practice, where I always found a special bond with grey muzzled furry companions. Personally, I share my home with my two dogs, Hamilton and Sadie, and cat, Stanley. Recently, I had to say goodbye to my girl, Missy, and was fortunate to have had a colleague come to my home to help her pass peacefully. This experience amplified the meaning and value of in-home end of life care for me. I will always cherish being able to lay with her on her favorite bed during those final moments, and I will forever be grateful for that experience. This profound moment with Missy directed me to Lap of Love, where I can provide that same amount of peace and comfort to other families in their time of need.

Dr. Stacii

Stacii Comstock

I grew up in beautiful Southeast Michigan, and for as long as I can remember, had a passion for helping animals. It started with tending to strays and injured wildlife, and thanks to my training in veterinary medicine has evolved into so much more. I graduated from Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine several years ago and completed an internship program in Florida before moving back. I spent my time working in both general practice and emergency medicine, developing great interest in geriatric and end-of-life care. When the opportunity to join Lap of Love presented itself, I knew it would be a great fit. I think the bond between animals and their humans is unlike any other; helping pet parents make the end of their loved ones’ lives as peaceful as possible is a privilege.  

Personally, I lost my German Shepherd, Diesel, a few years ago. He was accustomed to joining me at the hospital while I worked, so fortunately, bringing him to the clinic that last night was not stressful for him, as it can be for so many pets. For that, I am so incredibly thankful! The last thing I want for any pet or pet parent is to feel stress during what is already such a difficult time. This is why I feel in-home euthanasia, when possible, is so special; allowing pets to be in their safe space surrounded by the people (or other pets!) that love them is how I want them to exit this world.

In my free time, I enjoy playing games, buzzing, and hanging out with my family and friends, tinkering on projects around my house, and spoiling my pets. Millie, my cat, is too smart for her own good and is quite the comedian. She prefers trash to actual store-bought toys, and enjoys playing fetch and posing for pictures. Keaton, my Lab mix, is the happiest dog I’ve ever met, and often reminds me how valuable a positive attitude is in life. His interests include making friends with everyone and, you guessed it, food.

In any circumstance, euthanasia can be difficult; however, I like to think of it as the ultimate final gift we can give our furry family when all of our other efforts are no longer enough. I am honored to be able to help during these times.

About Laura Witherell

I spent most of my childhood in Jackson, Michigan. My family had a variety of pets growing up, including dogs, cats, hermit crabs, and salamanders, all of which I enjoyed taking care of. Once graduating high school, I attended Western Michigan University and majored in biomedical sciences. After completing my undergrad degree, I was unsure of the next steps in my career. Around this time, my sister graduated from veterinary school and while navigating through what the next steps in my life looked like, I started assisting her in the clinic.  

With her encouragement, my love for animals, and passion for helping others, I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as well. I was accepted into St. George’s University, moved to the West Indies, and proceeded to earn my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree. This experience was one of the most memorable adventures of my life! 

Since completing veterinary school, I’ve spent the past decade working in a small animal practice, where I always found a special bond with grey muzzled furry companions. Personally, I share my home with my two dogs, Hamilton and Sadie, and cat, Stanley. Recently, I had to say goodbye to my girl, Missy, and was fortunate to have had a colleague come to my home to help her pass peacefully. This experience amplified the meaning and value of in-home end of life care for me. I will always cherish being able to lay with her on her favorite bed during those final moments, and I will forever be grateful for that experience. This profound moment with Missy directed me to Lap of Love, where I can provide that same amount of peace and comfort to other families in their time of need.

"I am so thankful that I found Lap of Love. As is often the case, I did not have much advance planning or warning when it came time to say goodbye to my dog Charlie. From the first conversation through returning my girl to me, everyone I interacted with was kind, helpful, and professional - not to mention prompt. It was, of course, still a very sad and difficult experience for me, but I am thankful that Charlie and I were able to go through it in the privacy and comfort of our home. The decision to end a life is extremely hard, even given that my poor girl was clearly in significant pain and discomfort. The staff at Lap of Love helped me feel ok about the decision and were very respectful at all times. I thank you all very much for that kindness and support."

Jennifer Cook
Royal Oak, Michigan

"Dr. Laura,

Thank you for making one of the most difficult moments of our life a little easier to bear. You were so kind and gentle and helped our boy cross the rainbow bridge in peace. We will forever be grateful.

Lesli and Keith"

Lesli Walsh
Livonia, Michigan

"Dr Stacii was so amazing. I truly dont know how she does her job. We were so griefstricken and she said " your baby has his wings " which was such a comfort

Lap of Love is such a relief to have. Being in our home with a vet like Dr Stacii helped us make the goodbye to our beloved boy peacefully."

Steven Helbling
Clarkston, Michigan

"Dr. Laura was wonderful. She helped me understand and took time to answer all of my questions. It was a very gentle experience and what Daffi deserved after a life well lived."

Ruth Wilkening
Rochester, Michigan

"Our regular vet would not do home euthanasia during Covid and they referred us to Lap of Love. We had never heard of the organization before, but now we so greatly appreciate them and what they do. They were so compassionate from the phone call to the vet, Dr. Laura. She never hurried us in any way and explained everything about the procedure. We opted for cremation and already received our Lucy back the next morning. I would highly recommend using this compassionate home service."

Brenda Larkin
Waterford, Michigan

"The hardest decision we've ever had to make was made a little easier knowing that he was home, comfortable and at peace.

We are beyond grateful for the care and compassion he was given and the ability for him to be with us when he probably needed it most."

Heather Newport
Washington, Michigan

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (248) 334-6877

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services - Bloomfield Hills

  (248) 929-5354

Rochester Hills Grief Counseling

Pet Loss Support at MSU Veterinary Medical Center

  (248) 651-1788

Animal Emergency Center - Rochester and Novi

  (586) 466-6133

Advanced Animal Emergency - Clinton Township

SERVICE AREA
Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Southeastern Michigan area including parts of Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Dear Atlas,

We can't believe that you are gone. The house is too quiet and you are missed more than you will ever know. Over the past 16 months, we watched you fight lymphoma in only the way a bulldog could, with complete stubbornness. You were not going to let it slow you down and you fought until the bitter end. We prepared ourselves for ...
Lesli Walsh
January 14, 2021
“Our beautiful boy was described by everyone as the coolest cat. He truly was. The tv repair guy would come and our sweet baby would greet and give his two cents by chirping and head butting. He had the best personality He was a magnet. Wherever you were he was. He followed and snuggled as if you were drawn to him like a force. I swear he was human ...
Steven Helbling
January 13, 2021
“Daffi left the world the same way she lived. Peaceful and wagging her tail. She brought love and companionship to my dad in his final years. You will be missed sweetie. I hope you are back on his lap again.”
Ruth Wilkening
January 3, 2021
“Sparty - the world's biggest trouble maker, while at the same time, the best companion who was always by our side.

You gave us 11 great years of love, laughter and keeping us on our toes. From somehow climbing into the ceiling and needing us to get you down, to being the face we saw every time we opened the garage door. There was not one ...
Heather Newport
December 30, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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 3126
Center Line, Michigan 48015

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