PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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), 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, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$295
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$330
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$345
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$420

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$200
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$315

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 a private farm. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

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. Jen

Jen Gilbert

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo and, like any Buffalonian, I enjoy winter storms and the lake-effect snow phenomenon of which our region is so famous. I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our northern neighbors at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2020, I will obtain my Masters in Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I was always fascinated with science, animals, and the weather. Originally, I wanted to be a meteorologist until I found out about veterinary medicine. Since pets have always been important to me, and have contributed to my life in positive ways, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best way I could contribute to the lives of pets that so selflessly live alongside us and bring us such joy.

Recently, I had to manage the end of life care of my 15 year-old dog, Daffy. She had a painful disc pressing on her spinal column in her neck that affected her gait and she also developed kidney disease. With a new diet and pain medication, Daffy managed very well for an extended period of time but ultimately her pain worsened, and medications were no longer effective. The day she wasn’t interested in going for a walk and wasn’t at the door waiting for me, I knew that she was not doing the things she loved to do. It was such a hard decision, but I could see she was suffering. This experience, and the loss of many other pets in my lifetime, reinforced the importance of providing a pain-free, end-of-life experience for our furry companions. Working for Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved companions by making their last moments comfortable while surrounded by their families.

I enjoy learning, reading, and walking in the park and eating at Buffalo’s restaurants with my husband. My cat, Miss B, enjoys watching the weather from her sunny window when she is not napping.

Dr. Liz

Liz Myers

I came to veterinary medicine following a career in the arts and scientific illustration; I spent years volunteering in shelters and rescues in the late 1990s and after experiencing an intense medical intervention with my beloved pet rabbit, I finally decided to pursue my new dream of being a veterinarian. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas (in addition to my previous BFA) and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. I have been working in the veterinary field since 2003, most notably at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, and wildlife rehabilitation in Kansas, and have had the opportunity to practice general and emergency veterinary medicine in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio in the United States and recently in Ontario, Canada.  

My interests have always included exotic animal and wildlife medicine as well as alternative medical therapies, including Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. When I became certified in Fear Free practice, Veterinary Acupuncture and Tui-na (acupressure massage) a few years ago, my approach to practicing medicine started to shift. I realized so much could be gained from ensuring patients had access to all possible therapies with a calming, holistic perspective to help maximize their health and comfort and I found this to be especially true in my geriatric patients, including my own geriatric rabbits and rats. My interest in palliative and hospice care grew and I realized that I was not alone in my thinking when I saw Dr. Mary Gardner, Lap of Love’s co-founder, speak on the topic at a conference. I have truly enjoyed seeing the difference I can make in my patients using these various methods, knowing that their quality of life can be improved, and giving them and their families the dignity they deserve when it is time to say goodbye. Experiencing these delicate situations first-hand prior to becoming a veterinarian has given me a unique perspective regarding end-of-life care and I endeavor to create a peaceful and respectful environment for my patients and clients. 

In my spare time, I enjoy running, knitting, baking (this is why I run!), and hiking with my husband around southern Ontario and western New York. We recently lost our sweet, 12-year old bunny, Maude, and have been fortunate to have cared for many pets over the years, including a cat, two dogs, many rats, a lizard, and of course, my favorite: bunnies. I am excited to explore the Buffalo area more and am honored to help patients and their families in their time of need. 

Dr. Steven

Steven Schultz

I was a late bloomer, not deciding that I wanted to become a veterinarian until I was in college. I took the appropriate and necessary pre-veterinary courses and lived and worked on several farms because I had little experience with farm animals. Then I went to Cornell University and graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1978. I took my first job as an associate veterinarian in New Jersey because my future wife was in graduate school in nearby New York City at that time. While there, I was enlisted to be the show veterinarian for the national show of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America, a job that I did for several years while living in New Jersey.

I eventually moved back to my home town of Buffalo, NY and took over a practice in nearby Lockport, NY. For the next thirty years I owned and operated a multi-veterinarian companion animal hospital. One of my favorite aspects of practice was hospice and palliative care. Helping elderly pets to live as comfortably and pain free as possible in their latter part of life was most gratifying, and I always enjoyed the interaction with the caregiver/guardians of elderly pets. I recently sold the practice (April 2012) and took some time to travel and visit friends and family around the country. My non-veterinary activities include regular exercise, recumbent bicycling, yoga, meditation, hiking-camping-backpacking, and travel.

I have been married for more than thirty years to Sara and have three adult children: Matthew, Jonathan, and Laura. My animal friends include Ella, a short-haired miniature dachshund, and Mel, a wire-haired miniature dachshund. Their favorite activities are eating and napping in warm sunny spots. Their next favorite activities are also eating and napping in warm sunny spots.

About Jen Gilbert

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo and, like any Buffalonian, I enjoy winter storms and the lake-effect snow phenomenon of which our region is so famous. I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our northern neighbors at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2020, I will obtain my Masters in Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I was always fascinated with science, animals, and the weather. Originally, I wanted to be a meteorologist until I found out about veterinary medicine. Since pets have always been important to me, and have contributed to my life in positive ways, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best way I could contribute to the lives of pets that so selflessly live alongside us and bring us such joy.

Recently, I had to manage the end of life care of my 15 year-old dog, Daffy. She had a painful disc pressing on her spinal column in her neck that affected her gait and she also developed kidney disease. With a new diet and pain medication, Daffy managed very well for an extended period of time but ultimately her pain worsened, and medications were no longer effective. The day she wasn’t interested in going for a walk and wasn’t at the door waiting for me, I knew that she was not doing the things she loved to do. It was such a hard decision, but I could see she was suffering. This experience, and the loss of many other pets in my lifetime, reinforced the importance of providing a pain-free, end-of-life experience for our furry companions. Working for Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved companions by making their last moments comfortable while surrounded by their families.

I enjoy learning, reading, and walking in the park and eating at Buffalo’s restaurants with my husband. My cat, Miss B, enjoys watching the weather from her sunny window when she is not napping.

""We appreciate and thank Liz for how thoughtful and professional she was while we said goodbye to our family pet. She was patient when we asked questions, and answered them to help us understand the process better. Our family just wanted a comfortable and peaceful goodbye for our dog, and Liz gave us that. No words can express our gratitude. Thank you again, Liz.""

Lizzie Bull
Lockport, New York

"100% recommend using Lap of Love!!! From the very first conversation on the phone to the home visit to put my 16 year old Golden doodle down, Lap of Love (Dr. Liz) were incredibly professional and compassionate. This organization is top-notch! Saying goodbye to your fur-baby is one of the hardest things to do in life, but Lap of Love made a terrible day a peaceful passing. They gave her a sedative first to make her comfortable and we were able to pet her and love on our baby one last time in the comfort of our our backyard. Dr. Liz even listened to all of our doggie stories as we reminisced. Thank you Dr. Liz! You are an angel!"

Julie Brady
Akron, New York

"We appreciate and thank Liz for how thoughtful and professional she was while we said goodbye to our family pet. She was patient when we asked questions, and answered them to help us understand the process better. Our family just wanted a comfortable and peaceful goodbye for our dog, and Liz gave us that. No words can express our gratitude. Thank you again, Liz."

Lizzie Bull
Lockport, New York

"Our dog Bear was struggling badly and it was time to try to decide what to do. I heard through a friend about Lapoflove. I could not have been more impressed by the caring and compassion we received from the first phone call. I never realized about hospice for pets. We have had to put another pet to sleep but Lapoflove is by far the best ending to someone who has become a tremendous part of your family. Dr Liz called ahead to make sure we were ready. She walked into our yard and Bear was so happy to make a new friend. Dr. Liz took the time to explain everything as it was going to happen. Her sweet, calm and reassuring voice helped to set the tone and easy the difficulty of the decision. Bear could not have left us in a more loving and compassionate and respectful way. He was gently wrapped in a fleece blanket, his favorite type of blanket to snuggle in and was loving taken to his special place in heaven. I I cannot say enough good about Lapoflove. It is a caring, respectful tribute to your animal. Best of all, your pet is surrounded by those he loves in his home. Thank you so much Dr. Liz. You will never be forgotten for your gentle ways and support."

Denise Miller
Cheektowaga, New York

"I had to say goodbye to my handsome boy Andy on June 22nd. I was not ready, but he was. I was so grateful to learn about Lap of Love. What a blessing to have Dr. Liz come to Andy's home to help give him a peaceful transition and in his own . Dr. Liz' compassion and understanding made a difficult decision a little easier. She gave me as much time as I needed to say goodbye. I will always be thankful to you Dr. Liz."

Margaret Swiatek
West Seneca, New York

"Although this post is 3 months past when we lost our sweet Jasmine, it just hurts to much when you lose such a beautiful soul.

She was our hardest goodbye. She took our hearts with her on April 10th, 2020.

Jasmine was the sweetest big girl with the biggest heart and a powerful tongue :) , what i would give to get a powerful wet

lick from her right now. She was my shadow and my best friend. If only humans had the hearts of a dog what a beautiful world it would be. "No matter how many years we get with our dogs, it's never long enough" So many wonderful memorize and

such a beautiful angle she was. We talk about here everyday, RIP sweet Jasmine.

Dog's lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog and there's going to be a great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price - Dean Koontz

Thank you to Laps of Love (Dr. Liz) for giving Jasmines her wings and making her entrance a peaceful one that our family was able to be there present during that time."

Wendy Mara
Tonawanda, New York

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (716) 839-4043

Veterinary Emergency Clinic: Cheektowaga, NY

Pet Loss Hotline

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (716) 662-6660

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center:Orchard Park, NY

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly assist families in Buffalo, the Southtowns, and the Northtowns. A travel fee ranging from $30-$120 may apply to homes over 20 miles from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Duke was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. The vet specialist said we didn't have much time left with him. It was hard to watch him go from running around in the yard, chasing after animals, jumping and playing to slowly having the inability to walk correctly. Even through it all, he was still as dorky as ever. Sadly, we knew it was time to ...
Lizzie Bull
July 10, 2020
“Today I lost my best friend, my shadow. Marley you will be greatly missed . You were a great dog, we were so blessed to have you in our lives. You filled our hearts with lots of love. Unfortunately our time with you was so short , but we have many good memories. May you rest in peace Marley. Run with Jasmine and Chey Chey and have fun and we will ...
Colleen Lester
July 1, 2020
“Macy... I hope you know how you were loved!! You were my baby!! I miss you so much! I would do anything to bring you back.”
Anita Dibella
June 16, 2020
“Ribbie was our beloved family pet dog and as if often seems to be the case was truly a member of the family as well. He had a wonderful easy going personality (and a ferocious appetite!) We were often asked by neighbors how Ribbie was doing and where he was (as his length of walks declined in his later years). He never barked and was good about ...
Peter Charette
June 7, 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
P.O. Box 85
Buffalo, New York 14231

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