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 crematorium, and then your pet's ashes are hand delivered back to your family in an engraved wooden urn the day after the appointment. Please speak to the veterinarian directly for more information.
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 buried at a pet memorial park.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. Availability will vary with location, time of day, and prior commitments. Dr. Courtney is available from Monday-Friday 9AM to 8PM. Dr. Courtney is available by phone and for appointments on both Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend hours will vary.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM
I grew up in a dog and cat-loving family in Metamora, Michigan. After graduating from high school, I attended Michigan State University for both my undergraduate and veterinary medicine degree, which I attained in 2000. I have been practicing in the Rochester area for nearly my entire veterinary career. My husband and I, along with our son and daughter, share our home with a mischievous little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chief, and our "misunderstood" cat, Sarah.
During my last year of veterinary school, I adopted a tiny little black kitten, who had been found on the streets of Lansing and brought to the veterinary teaching hospital at MSU. I named him Simon, and he quickly ingrained himself into my life, growing up to be a big handsome boy. He was there for me through thick and thin, from vet school graduation to meeting my husband, getting married, and having my two beautiful children. He never once complained about the new dog, the new cat, having to move, or the babies that would pull at his fur. His love was unconditional. When I realized that his time on this earth was nearing its conclusion, I knew that he would want to be at home with me. Even though it was extremely heartbreaking, I performed his euthanasia at home, and I knew that this was the final act of love that I could give to my Simon.
I feel there is no greater gift that I can give to my clients than a peaceful goodbye for their beloved pet. I am honored to be able to offer in-home hospice and euthanasia services. By allowing my patients to remain in the comfort of their homes and with their families around them, I can help to ensure a calm and pain free transition when their time here is at an end. The death of a pet is devastating, but I pledge to treat your pet with as much care as I would my own.
Dr. Courtney is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
"Courtney was very kind and caring. We struggled to let him go, but knew his quality of life was declining. She helped to make his passing peaceful and dignified. He deserved the absolute best and not to suffer."
Jacqueline BasoneShelby Township, Michigan
"Dr. Graham was exceptional and caring of not only Jazmyn, but for my wife and I as well. When she arrived, Jazmyn was actually sleeping, which allowed her to unpack and prepare us all. Jazmyn's passing could not have been more peaceful, she sighed once and crossed the bridge, she was ready to leave her aches and pains behind and move on. I can't even say what this was worth, for this to happen at home where she was most comfortable, was the best we could do for her. We love her and our home is empty without her, but her memories will heal our hearts."
Brian MonticueMount Clemens, Michigan
"Our sweet boy Zep crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday. Our love for him was like no other. He was the love of our lives. He showed us what true love was. It was a honor to me his mom. Grateful I am. There are no words strong enough to thank Dr Courtney Graham. Her kindness blew us away. She made a very hard moment into one of the most beautiful . Her soft voice will be something I will never forget. There was a reason our paths crossed. She is truly amazing and we could never thank her enough. We will miss our sweet boy dearly but we know he`s running free of pain . Till we meet again. Love remains !"
Carol MearsSaint Clair Shores, Michigan
"Dr. Graham was a godsend. I am 100% certain we had 28 days with Luke because of her. Had we not found Lap of Love, Luke would have left us much sooner. Dr. Graham not only guided his care but gave us peace of mind to enjoy our last days instead of chasing down answers from disconnected vets and wasting precious time. She made it possible to keep him from ever having another visit to a vet office. Dr. Graham helped us find pain med concoctions that his fragile system could handle. She was honest with us about when to say it was time and gently let him pass. If I could be as strong and compassionate as she is, I would feel blessed. Thank you."
Nancy BernierBeverly Hills, Michigan
"It is never an easy decision to end the life of a beloved pet. Our regular vet had already advised us that Morgen (our doberman) was in a downward spiral. When Courtney came to our house, she also made a very professional assessment of his condition. At that point we knew that we were making the right decision. Morgen went to sleep with dignity and with our love and even left the house wrapped in his own blanket. Courtney was so very kind to us. She gave hugs and brought kleenex ! I have already recommended her to several friends who have older pets."
Maria ArnoldBloomfield Hills, Michigan
"Thank you for the care, compassion, and calm you brought to this experience. Thank you for taking the time to come quickly. We did not want Megabit to endure another painful episode ever. You helped ease her out of pain."
Kit SchaferRochester Hills, Michigan
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Helping families in the following areas:
Local Service Area (no additional travel fee): Addison, Almont, Attica, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Ferndale, Franklin, Huntington Woods, Lake Orion, Lakeville, Macomb, Madison Heights, Metamora, Oakland, Ortonville, Oxford, Ray, Pleasant Ridge, Richmond, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Troy, Utica, Washington, Waterford.
Extended Service Area 1 (additional $30): Center Line, Clinton Twp., Chesterfield Township, Commerce Twp., Davisburg, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Fraser, Goodrich, Harrison Twp., Hazel Park, Holly, Imlay City, Keego Harbor, Lapeer, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Roseville, Southfield, Union Lake, Warren, West Bloomfield, White Lake.
Extended Service Area 2 (additional $60): Columbiaville, Davison, Eastpointe, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Highland, Livonia, North Branch, Redford, St. Clair Shores, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake.
Extended Service Area 3 (additional $90): Burton, Canton, Dearborn, East China, Garden City, Marine City, Milford, Northville, Novi, St. Clair, Westland, Wixom.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. Credit cards are also accepted.
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 Love145 South Livernois Road, #276Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
The Oakland Press: Oakland County Veterinarian Offers In-Home Hospice
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Click On Detroit: Families Finding Ways to Comfort Older Dogs, Cats
This location is owned and operated by Courtney Graham, DVM.