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.
Dr. Courtney will be unavailable from July 26th through August 2nd. Our support team is available to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return. If you need immediate attention, Dr. Laura in the Ann Arbor area may be able to assist you. If this is an emergency, please refer to our local resources below.
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.
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.
"Dr. Courtney was wonderful, so kind and calming. She spoke of our dear Ralph as though she had known him well. She explained every step and patiently answered every question and reassured us that we had chosen the right time. Saying good-bye to your dear friend is never easy but Dr. Courtney made it the best good-bye possible."
Michelle PTroy, Michigan
"Dr. Graham was very comforting and compassionate. She helped our family during a very difficult time."
Charlotte VanRyckeghemShelby Township, Michigan
Thanks you for making this experience as comforting as possible. Kelly was a great dog that you had treated in the past. I greatly appreciated your kind words for Kelly and myself during the final stage of Kelly's time.
William ShinskeRochester Hills, Michigan
"Dr. Graham, you are truly an angel. The love you should my boy that day just touched my heart. I will be forever grateful that you helped Bain on his journey. You allowed him to pass surrounded by love, and peace, and dignity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of Bain's heart."
Denise MackiewiczWarren, Michigan
"They is no words to say about how great Lap of love veterinarian are, they are a outstanding loving and caring group of people."
mike tarketsterling heights, Michigan
"Dr. Courtney was wonderful. She was great with Raisin and also our other dogs as we kept them near Raisin as she passed. Dr. Courtney gave me all the time I needed to say goodbye to my sweet girl. She was very professional but also so personable to us. She has such a kind soul and I know she took the best care of my sweet pup."
Michelle MichaelOrtonville, Michigan
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Animal Emergency Center - Rochester
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
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
WDIV Local 4 News: Pet Owners Have Option to Say Goodbye
Click On Detroit: Families Finding Ways to Comfort Older Dogs, Cats
This location is owned and operated by Courtney Graham, DVM.