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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
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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
Alison and I would like to thank you for your services.
Although the decision to say goodbye to our Bella was a difficult one, being that this process was carried out in the comfort our own home made it easier on the entire family. The main concern was our Bella and how less stressful on her this process was. Bella will be sorely missed.
I would recommend your services to any family that adores and loves their pets.
Thank you again.
Don & Alison LePore"
Don & Alison LePoreFloral Park, NY
"Dr. Heather was very comforting and kind. Letting Buddy go was extremely difficult and heartbreaking. Dr. Heather transitioned Buddy over the Rainbow Bridge very gently. When Buddy was done he looked so peaceful and was out of pain. Our hearts are broken but we know he is at peace now. Thank you Dr. Heather for helping our Buddy and our Family."
Linda SullivanWest Islip, NY
"I cannot begin to express how wonderful Dr. Heather was and how comfortable she made not only my husband and I feel, but also our girl Maggie. She was warm and kind and made the whole experience a peaceful event that I will forever cherish. She took her time to talk to us and talk to Maggie and she explained every step of what she was doing since this was the first time we were had to put a pet of ours to sleep. Maggie, who is normally terrified of trips to the vet, was so relaxed during the whole process it made such a difficult time just a little bit easier. I cannot thank her enough for making our last few minutes with our girl so wonderful."
Gina SzczukaWading River, NY
"We are so very happy with our decision to go with Lap of Love. Dr. Kristine was extremely kind, soft spoken and helpful. As hard as the event was, her presence was comforting and our dog, Lita, seemed comforted as well."
Ashley MaierSelden, NY
"This service is a godsend. My dog Buddy's cancer had come back a few months after he had finished treatment for Lymphoma. He could barely walk, wasn't eating, and was whimpering all of the time. He was rescue dog, a border collie mix my sister and I had gotten five years ago to help our father cope with the passing of my mother. A lot of people say that their dog was the sweetest, but Buddy was truly the most gentle soul you would ever meet. All of his dog walkers, his vets, and his groomer were greatly attached to him, and always commented how docile he was. He'd had a hard life when we met him, having adopted him from a rescue center that saved him from a kill shelter in Georgia. I'd like to think he is at peace now, after some years as a part of our family.
Dr. Heather was so gentle with him. She gave us the luxury of letting Buddy go peacefully in his own loving home, without the fear and anxiety of having to move him to the vet, where he would have been scared and in pain. My sister and I sat with him for an hour or so, snuggled, and watched him gently go off into eternal sleep. When it was over, Dr. Heather let us have some alone time to mourn, and eventually snuggled him in a fleece to be brought to the pet cemetery Field of Dreams.
It was the most humane, gentle, and loving way to go. I could not recommend this service enough."
Hannah WinikerOceanside, NY
"Putting our beloved 16 year old dog Daisy down was one of the hardest decisions that my wife and I ever had to make. From the first phone call to Lap of Love until the moment Dr. Kristine left our home, we felt comfortable with the fact that we were putting our trust in this organization during our family's most challenging and difficult time. When Dr. Kristine came to our house, my wife and I had many concerns around whether we were doing the right thing. We presented her with a list of symptoms that Daisy was having over the course of the last year and she took the time to go through the list, explaining what each symptom meant and how it was impacting Daisy, making us feel comfortable with the decision. When it was time to let Daisy go, Dr. Kristine fully explained what would happen and made sure Daisy was comfortable and not in pain. She told us we could give Daisy some of her favorite treats and allowed us to surround her during the last moments, telling my teenage boys that they could stay or leave at anytime they felt uncomfortable. She wanted to make sure we were cared for as much as our beloved pet. Our family was assured that Daisy would go peacefully and we fully trusted Dr. Kristine as she compassionately walked us through the process. My whole family was able to see that Daisy passed with dignity and was finally at peace, and although we were very sad, we are grateful that we got to spend our final moments with her and that she was cared for in her last hours. We would recommend Dr. Kristine and Lap of Love to anyone who is faced with making this very hard decision. They are truly a wonderful and caring organization."
Matthew HillSouth Huntington, 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.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 225Deer Park, NY 11729