Long Island - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
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 wooden 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 a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered in a pet cemetery called Field of Dreams.
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 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
I have always been fascinated by critters, both big and small. As a longtime equestrian, I understood the strength of the human-animal bond that deepens as you tend and care for an animal that becomes a part of your family and your heart. I incorporated that passion and love into a career when I happily graduated veterinary school from University of Florida in 2006. In the beginning of my veterinary career, I worked as an ambulatory veterinarian for large and small animals in sunny Florida, the state in which I grew up. I expanded my experience by practicing in Kansas City, MO, where I treated a myriad of animals ranging from dogs and cats to sheep and llamas! Throughout my tenure as a veterinarian, my primary goal is to help people understand the needs of their pets, both for wellness and preventative health, and during times of illness and disease.
I currently live on Long Island to pursue a life closer to my loved ones. I enjoy all that Long Island has to offer including spending time outside boating, at the beach, enjoying craft beer, visiting museums and community festivals, and horseback riding. I'm a parent to both two-legged and four-legged babies: Haden, my teenage son; Jewel, my 10 year-old Jack Russell terrier; and Ozzy, my 8 year-old Abyssinian cat. I'm grateful to have an opportunity to visit families in their homes and help them walk through their options when dealing with end of life decisions.
I started out as a veterinary technician 20 years ago and knew I would be involved with taking care of animals and their families for the rest of my life.
I earned my DVM degree from Ross University in 2002 and returned home to Long Island to practice small animal medicine. I returned home with Cricket, a tabby cat, and Marvin, a kititian hound, who I adopted during my second semester on the island of St. Kitts. They were great companions to each other and me during my school career. They adapted well to life in the states and lived long, happy lives and each succumbing to a different illness as they grew old together. Marvin developed congestive heart failure and Cricket developed kidney failure. I learned a great deal caring for them and ensuring they had an excellent quality of life, with medications and diet to maintain their heart and kidney function. It was a difficult decision when the time came but my family and I were there with them at the very end to say good bye. I know Marvin was there to greet Cricket at the Rainbow Bridge and my hope is that they are romping around together just like they used to in our living room.
Being in private practice, you watch a patient grow up and grow old. We help patients and their families manage their illnesses on a daily basis but at the very end it comes down to an unfamiliar and stressful place. Many of my pet parents have told me they would prefer the home environment, something I was not able to provide at that time. That is why Lap of Love is so special - keeping pets and their families in a comfortable setting and loving environment. I am blessed to be able to help families through this difficult time in their lives.
Heather Manfredi, DVM
"When our beloved lab, Marley, was suffering in the throws of lung cancer, Dr. Kristine helped to ease her over the Rainbow Bridge and out of pain. We are grateful for Dr. Kristine's compassion and sensitivity toward our sweet girl and ourselves. Thank you."
Carol ZimmerGarden City, NY
"I cannot put into words how beautiful the passing of my cat Grey Baby was with Dr. Kristine. Grey Baby had been ill and had stopped eating, so I knew it was time. I tried Lap of Love, and I am so happy I did. Dr. Kristine came in and was the warmest presence. She spent a few minutes getting to know Grey Baby. We chose to have her pass on my bed where she was happiest. I had laid out a very soft blanket for her. After talking to Grey Baby, she administered a sedative, and Grey Baby fell asleep (she even snored a little) on her soft blanket. We pet her and talk to her for about 10 minutes until she was in a deep sleep. Then Dr. Kristine administered the medicine to stop her brain and heart. Grey Baby passed quietly and peacefully while in a deep sleep. She was in the comfort of her own house and room. There was no cold, steel table, no scary, unfamiliar office somewhere with dogs barking and strange people. It was literally the very best an experience like this can be. I can't recommend it enough. Thank you, Dr. Kristine, for making this experience so non-painful. Today, the day after, I felt completely at peace knowing I let Grey Baby go in the best way possible."
Carla SantucciHolbrook, NY
"I cannot say enough about Dr. Kristine; she made a very difficult day easier for us and for our beloved Holly. Dr. Kristine came to our home and took time to be with Holly (petting & talking to her...becoming a friend), she answered any questions we had and did not rush us through the process of saying goodbye to Holly. Lap of Love’s staff are wonderful people - from talking with them on the phone, to the compassionate email that followed - never once did I feel like I made this appointment & was left to hang - Lap of Love knows the difficult decision and heartache you are going through. Having Holly's final moments in her home, surrounded by her family, on her bed, was a peaceful & caring final gift we & Dr. Kristine gave to Holly. Dr. Kristine will hold a special place in our heart."
Christine MathosianKings Parl, NY
"I can't say enough about how wonderful Dr. Manfredi was. She treated me and my dog with compassion and dignity and helped to provide her with a very peaceful passing. I highly recommend Lap of Love and specifically Dr. Manfredi to anyone who is struggling with ending the life of an aging pet. The service is a little expensive but it was so worth it to be able to say goodbye to Lexi in the comfort of her own home."
Ruth BabiczLevittown, NY
"On October 8th, 2018 our hearts broke when we helped our "Little Man", Taj, cross over the Rainbow Bridge. We want to thank Lap of Love for all their support, kindness and compassion during this difficult time. It was such an amazingly peaceful experience for all of us. Thank you so much Dr. Kristine.
For anyone who is not sure if it is the right thing or right time to help your pet through this, please hear me, this is the kindest gift you can give your pet. I have no guilt and no regrets, just a great amount of sadness and loneliness. Run free my sweet" Little Man"."
Teresa SweetingFloral Park, NY
"We are eternally grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Manfredi for their compassionate and sincere services. It was so comforting to be able to have our Rose peacefully pass at home in her favorite spot."
John CortopassiNesconset, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
East End Veterinary Emergency Center
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists
Animal Emergency Service
ASPCA Grief Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serves Long Island - including most of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location.
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 LoveHeather Manfredi, DVMP.O. Box 225Deer Park, NY 11729
Lap of LoveKristine Campanelli, DVMP.O. Box 116Mount Sinai, NY 11766