Greater Las Vegas & Henderson Area
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 cedar urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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 the licensed Craig Road Pet Cemetery. Remains are scattered around the lovely grounds, tall trees, and rose garden. The cemetery grounds are always open for a visit or reflection, and many of our police, fire, military, and service dogs have been placed there since the early 1960’s.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm. 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.
Dr. Toby Goldman graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He studied and worked on St. Kitts in the Caribbean, then completed a clinical year at Oklahoma State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Toby worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, a busy practice in Cincinnati Ohio, and moved to Las Vegas in 1995.
He is a capable, confident, and experienced clinician, and well known in our community and nationally. A Nevada licensed and USDA accredited veterinarian, he has worked as an associate, practice owner, and Animal Emergency Center board member and president. Dr. Toby has consulted for entertainers, hotels, zoos, and the state veterinary board. He has cared for many “exotic” and zoo species, including fish. He often speaks, writes, and performs for groups, clubs, and schools. Appearing in television, radio, online, and print, he has educated and commented on a wide variety of topics.
Dr. Toby’s veterinary interests include traditional and holistic medicine, using a common-sense scientifically based approach. He loves to talk about recognizing and managing pain, and uses spinal adjustments, acupuncture, joint lubricants, herbs, and supplements. With an extensive background in nutrition, food is often the best medicine.
He is active road and trail running with his Australian Cattle Dog Brizzie, playing softball, racquetball, hiking, snow skiing, boating, scuba diving, and riding his ATV. He also likes playing his guitar and ukulele, singing, painting, and travel. He is fluent in sign and worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, Entertainer, Teacher, and Travel Counselor. He is a dad to three great teenagers that keep him challenged and proud, and his personal mission statement is “to create love, magic, and passion, by sharing my authentic self.”
I have been practicing medicine for almost 7 years after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2009. I worked in private practice in Wisconsin before moving here to Las Vegas where I started with Banfield in April 2010. I grew up on a dairy and sheep farm in Northeast Wisconsin. As a child, I always wanted the best for the animals on our farm and even fixed a broken leg on one of the barn cats with popsicle sticks! I became interested in how to treat animals and learned the importance of preventive care from the farm. But have also developed a passion for quality of life care. I am currently focused on treating dogs and cats. I currently have one dog named Harlow who is a three-year-old Terrier mix. Ialso have four cats named Harvey, Walter, Milton and Alfred. In my free time, I like to go hiking, shopping, to the movies and sleep!
Toby Goldman, DVM
"It’s taken us a few weeks to write about our experience with Lap of Love, as we are still saddened about the loss of our sweet little Chelsea on July 20, 2018. Chelsea was our first family pet; we had her for 12+ years and brought her home when she was only 11 weeks old. Chelsea was not just a pet to our family, but a loving family member we referred to as our third child, and our children’s sister. She brought us all so much joy and she was a true example of unconditional love.
To see our precious Chelsea battle with her illness was very hard, and when it was time to make the decision to let her go, that was an even harder. Thankfully, our daughter learned that there are vets that will come to your home for the euthanasia services, rather than just the customary option of taking your furry loved one to the vet’s office. During a visit to our vet’s office we asked about this idea and our vet recommended Lap of Love. We looked over the website, read the reviews, and knew this would be the best choice for our Chelsea. From the moment we spoke to the representatives on the phone (Stephanie, Cristina and Rose), we instantly felt genuine care and compassion. They answered all of our questions, followed up with written information, and made us feel very at ease. When that day came we called Lap of Love and arranged for a time for one of their vets to come to our home. We were very blessed to have Dr. Toby as the vet assisting our Chelsea over the Rainbow Bridge. When Dr. Toby arrived, you could tell from his demeanor that he cares for pets and the families and understands that’s it a difficult time. Dr. Toby was soft spoken, kind, patient, informative and sat on the floor with all of us wanting to get to know about our little Chelsea. Dr. Toby gave us strength and hope through his encouraging words as he further explained the process.
As the process began and after our Chelsea took her last breath, Dr. Toby continued to comfort us with the kindest words and encouragement. Dr. Toby also made paw print castings for us and each of my children to have as a memorial. He also gave us a beautiful gift that we will hang on our Christmas tree to forever reminder us of our sweet Chelsea.
I described Dr. Toby’s services to him as a great ministry that he has for the hurting families. When we said our final goodbyes to our Chelsea, Dr. Toby gave each and every one of my family members a hug, which meant a lot to us. The following day we received a follow-up email from Dr. Toby letting us know that he was thinking about us, and a few days later he sent us a beautiful card.
We can’t say enough about Dr. Toby and the Lap of Love. Thank you again Dr. Toby for your support, encouragement and the awesome staff you have with the Lap Of Love. We wish you God’s blessings as you continue what I call your ministry to the hurting families of losing their furry family members.
The Gregorio Family"
Joel & Maria GregorioHenderson, Nevada
"Dr. Toby is an amazing human being. I could tell from the minute he walked into our home that although his job can be difficult he sees helping send our babies across the rainbow bridge and honor and a privilege. Our kitty Teeks had been sick with GI cancer for a few months and he had been declining pretty rapidly over the last weeks. During the initial consult and later when we let him go Dr. Toby was very supportive, tender, and did everything in his power to make Teeks comfy. Admittedly he probably helped me out as much as Teeks with his take on death and how our babies live in the moment rather than dreading death as we do. Thank you Dr. Toby- you are a gift to animals and their parents alike."
Alexa LewisLas Vegas, Nevada
"What a beautiful and peaceful experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to send my daughter’s little angel to heaven. It was not rushed and Dolly was comfortable and at peace and relaxed throughout the whole experience. She came from a shelter, so I wanted to make sure she had the best care possible at the end, and she definitely did. I was so grateful."
Desiree GomezLas Vegas, Nevada
"This was the second Basset Hound that Dr. Toby has helped send on to their next adventure. My first contact with Lap Love was to help my Basset Hound, Hank the Tank. That was when I met Dr. Toby. He made a dreaded action one that was peaceful. So when my Basset Hound, Molly Mae, told me it was time for her to go, there was no question who I would call...Lap of Love and Dr. Toby. Once again he made an unhappy situation peaceful and left me with a sense of calm, knowing I made the right decision."
Connie MoenNorth Las Vegas, Nevada
"Dr Jessica came to our home , spoke to us and explained exactly what was going to be . She sedated Maggie , and painlessly put her into eternal rest. It was done professionally and with great compassion . Maggie never whimpered so I know she went peacefully.
Want to thank her for helping us get thru this very difficult time and decision"
j KasulkaLas Vegas, Nevada
"Thank you Dr. Toby for the compassion and caring that you showed not only me but my sweet girl Jada. I could feel that she was ready to pass on but needed assurance that I was making the right decision. The care and attention you showed in taking the time to explain everything to me and help me know that Jada was ready without any pressure or judgment, made what was a very difficult day much easier, calmer, and relaxed for both of us, and was much more than I could have hoped for. Thank you so much for doing what you do so well!"
Las Vegas, Nevada
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Las Vegas Pet Loss Bereavement Support Group
Animal Emergency Center
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Las Vegas Animal Emergency Hospital
Kathi Zellers, PhD, MFT
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Our veterinarians proudly serves the greater Las Vegas area including Summerlin, North Las Vegas, The Lakes, Centennial Hills, Green Valley and Henderson. Some areas may include a travel fee from $30-$75 based on the distance from the veterinarian's home. Please call to learn more.
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 Love5840 West Craig RoadSuite 120-325Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
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