Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

Euthanasia$325

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

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.

Additional Appointment 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.

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$330
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$380
Pets 150 pounds and over will be quoted
Mailing of urn to your home or work$45

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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. 

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.

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. Heather

Heather Manfredi, DVM

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.

 

 

Dr. Kristine

Kristine Campanelli, DVM

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.

Dr. Kristen

Kristen Miller, DVM, CVA

I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Floral Park. I cannot think of a time when I did not seek to surround myself with animals. It is in their company where I am at my happiest. Shortly after adopting my first cat, Precious, I started working at a veterinary hospital. I immediately knew that being a veterinarian was my path in life.

I received my doctorate from Mississippi State University and after graduating, I returned to New York to work as a general practitioner at a feline/exotic practice and then an integrative small animal practice. During that time, my family dog, Murphy, began having trouble getting around. With the intention of keeping Murphy as mobile as possible, I was drawn towards Eastern medicine and acupuncture. When I saw how these methods gave Murphy his joy and active life back, I knew I had to share this with my patients. In 2017, I became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist with a degree from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.

Senior pets have always held a special place in my heart. Most of my own companion animals have come to me as seniors, so geriatric medicine and end of life care has been a major part of my own life and has always felt like a calling. It is very important to me that each of my patients are given the love and dignity they deserve as if they were my own. It is a privilege for me to provide the same level of care for my patients in their time of need that they have come to know from a life filled with love. Working with Lap of Love allows me to provide beloved pets with the gift of a peaceful passing and there is no place more peaceful than at home surrounded by loved ones.

About Heather Manfredi, DVM

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.

 

 

"Dear Dr. Kristen,

As we explained to you when we met, our family had a horrible experience when putting our family dog Brandy (a Golden) down 24 years ago. Our next dog, Angel, died naturally at home 16 years ago. The fear of that happening again is what made it so hard to make the call to Lap of Love to have our beloved Tia, who was almost 16, cross over the rainbow bridge.

We want to thank you from all of our family members for giving us a loving memory of letting her go. You were so kind, compassionate and gentle with her from the moment you stepped through our front door until we carried her out of her home.

We will only remember a peaceful passing and the birds outside "singing her up to heaven".

Thank you for the wonderful work you do.

The Gately Family"


East Meadow, NY

"For such a terrible time, Dr. Kristine was so sweet and kind. She took her time to answer all of our questions and make sure our beloved Bella was comfortable. Allowing Bella to be at peace in her home was so much less stressful on her and us! She gave us a paw print that my son cherishes and recommended a book to help him understand that Bella was in a better place!"

Jill MacGregor
Port Jefferson Station, NY

"The loss of our beagle Gracie Francis was to say the least the hardest and most difficult decision . Dr. Kristine and Tina were wonderful kind and compassionate. Seeing Gracie so sick was heartbreaking lap of love was a God send. I thank you all for your kindness, literature and compassion during this very difficult time. I am so grateful to have been recommended to these lovely angels. Dr. Kristine answered all of our questions did not rush the process and most of all let our other beagle say goodbye.

Thank you,

Linda"

Linda Smyth
Huntington, NY

"The compassion shown from Lap of Love from that very first phone call was overwhelming. We want to thank the staff and Dr. Heather for their kindness and compassion in making Nika's transition so peaceful for both Nika and for us as well. For such a sad time, we have learned that it can be a beautiful time, too, when surrounded with such love, peace and calmness. We had no doubt that when it was time for Nika to move on that we wanted it to happen in our home surrounded by her family. Dr. Heather sat on the kitchen floor with us and explained what she would be doing. She allowed us as much time as we needed with our baby girl. She confirmed to us that it was in fact time. We received Nika's ashes, as promised. We highly recommend Lap of Love to any family out there looking to let go of their loved one with love and grace. Denette Pollock & Chris Mendelsohn"

Denette Pollock
Huntington, NY

"I reached out to Lap of Love upon recommendation from our veterinarian

Each phone call was met with professionalism, comfort and respect

Dr. Heather was wonderful. She explained what would happen to our family and

allowed us time to process what would happen.

She encouraged us to love Marsha thru her peaceful passing.

When she had passed Dr. Heather gave us time to say goodbye

We are so thankful that we were at home with Marshs"

Lisa Malatos
Kings Park, NY

"It is an honor for me to write a testimonial about Dr. Kristine and Lap-Of-Love even though I do it through a sea of tears. We met Dr. Kristine in February 2017 when we had to make the hard decision to help our beloved Zekie end his suffering. We had never heard of Lap-Of-Love but wanted to make his passing as easy as possible and doing it in the comfort of our home/his home was the only option for us. After a quick internet search I found Lap-Of-Love. Zekie took a turn for the worse and we needed to take care of him immediately. I sent them an email in the early hours and I got a call at 7:30 am by the kindest person. She helped me understand their process and made the scheduling procedure quick and easy. In a few short hours Dr. Kristine was at our door. By this time Zekie was extremely ill and there wasn't any time to waste. Dr. Kristine immediately administered a sedative and pain medication to ease his suffering so we had a chance to catch our breath and prepare for the tough part. With tears streaming down my face I turned to her and asked her how was she able to do this job and she looked at me with the kindest eyes and said she felt it a privilege to come in and help families during the most difficult moments of their lives.

Fast forward two years later and now our sweetest girl Sheba needed palliative care. She was no longer able to travel in the car and we desperately needed someone to come to the house. We immediately called Lap-Of-Love and Dr. Kristine was sent our way. There wasn't much to do for Sheba except manage her illness and keep her comfortable. Dr. Kristine gave us medication and checked in with us regularly to see how she was doing. Having Dr. Kristine was a real blessing and Sheba held on as long as she could but her poor body just couldn't go any longer. I called Alex at Lap-Of-Love and told her it was time and Dr. Kristine was again at our house later that evening. Having to assist your loved one through the process is the most painful experience we have ever been through but with the kindness and caring nature of Dr. Kristine and the Lap-Of-Love team it did make a difference.

We will be forever grateful to Dr. Kristine and Lap-Of-Love for their support as we made these tough decisions. We are still devastated and shattered to a million pieces but at least we have the comfort of knowing that our loved ones were in the comfort of their own home and surrounded by people that loved them.

Thank you Dr. Kristine and Lap-Of-Love."

Laura Slater
Medford, NY

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (631) 369-4513

East End Veterinary Emergency Center

Pet Loss Support

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (631) 285-7780

Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Clinic

  (631) 698-2225

Animal Emergency Service

Pet Loss Support

  877-GRIEF-10

ASPCA Grief Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (516) 420-0000

Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury

Emergency Clinic

  (516) 501-1700

Long Island Veterinary Specialists

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Nassau County

Suffolk County

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. 

Pet Memorials
“Maggie, thank you for the past 13 years of love that you gave our family. You made us all better as people and allowed us to be in the moment and patient which certainly helped me. You made us feel safe and secure and didn't let any outside noise or intrusion go unnoticed. Yet, you were gentle and loving to everyone and loved to be pet and ...
Lisa Mars McCabe
June 4, 2019
“To Joker:

You have brought great joy and fun to our family for almost 17 years.  We fondly remember the day we met you.  You were a perfect match to our family.  We enjoyed chasing you and letting you chase us.  Oddly, like Snoopy, you liked sleeping on top of your crate instead of in it.  We will remember the times you would fall asleep on the ...
Richard Gertler
May 29, 2019
“My Sophie stink face, I loved you with all of my heart and so did daddy and Savannah even though she had an odd way of showing it at 3 years old. You were always such a good girl and as the vet called you in your last days a unicorn, a truly loving and sweet chihuahua! I miss you on my lap at the end of the day now there is a huge emptiness in the ...
Kimberly Callahan
May 22, 2019
“Giovanni 'giant Gio'
My dear sweet Giovanni, words cannot describe how heart broken I am over losing you. You were my heart, my whole heart and I still feel your presence around me. It's only been three days and I know this pain will be with me for a long time. While your brother Gabriel is still with me nothing is the same without you. Every ...
Penny Notarnicola
May 22, 2019
Payment Options

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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 225
Deer Park, NY 11729

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