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
"Making the decision to euthanize your pet is difficult and heartbreaking. After giving it much thought, we decided that doing it at home was the best choice for our family. However, we were very nervous as to whether or not we would be able to "handle" watching our beloved, Daisy, get put to sleep. My children are 17 and 19 and I was worried how they would handle it. From the moment I called Lap of Love, I was met with warmth and compassion. Everything was explained in great detail and when Dr. Heather arrived, she was full of love, compassion and warmth. She is competent in what she does and truly bridges life and death for both the animal and the family. She uncannily knew exactly when to progress with each step and made my dog's transition beautiful and peaceful. My children were so brave and sat next to our dog from beginning to the end. They were so thankful and grateful that we didn't just whisk her off to the vet and leave her in an anxious ridden environment during her last moments. The beautiful touches of the paw print and the blankets used to care for our pet after her passing made all the difference. Heather Manfredi is a gem, and I am sure that every other Dr. on the team is just as compassionate and wonderful. Going forward, I will never consider any other way to approach end of life issues with any of my pets. You will not be disappointed if you book with Lap of Love. It is the most compassionate gift you can give your pet."
Rhonda DanielsCenterport, NY
"Just as words can not describe the magnificence of heaven where the colors of the rainbow pale in comparison, words can not describe the genuine compassion and empathy that Dr. Heather brought through the front door into my family’s home. She walked in with a gentle grace and energy that accompanies any true healer to aid those in crisis and in need.
They say that animals are a great judge of character and while we knew the moment was somber she interacted beautifully with Kaycie like a long lost friend. While she examined the condition of our sweet family member she provided the cause and the answers to her struggles which like any person that ever had to transition their pet would always second guess their choice. Her warm and genuine caring for animals set the tone for why we had called to help our sweet Kaycie Belle. She came highly recommended from another friend, who just a week earlier had the same service performed. Dr. Heather took her time and explained thoroughly the process of what our pet might experience before initiating any intervention. She allowed us to understand and emotionally prepare for the events to follow.
The process was gentile as we were all around providing our pack-mate unconditional love and did not ask us to step away even though we were a total of seven (including the Doc). She was very respectful of our space and moments of shock and grief and allowed us as much time to process what we had just went through individually and collectively.
We will without hesitation refer her to all of our friends who will need that service.
The Colón Family"
John ColonEast Meadow, NY
"I called Lap of Love on the recommendation of my vet. I called them Tuesday morning, 6/12 and Dr. Heather came that afternoon. I am so grateful to Dr. Heather for her compassion and kindness in helping my wonderful Lab and good friend, Chopper, move on and helping me in the process. I knew it was time and Dr. Heather’s manner and reassurance helped me to accept the inevitable and let him go. He passed on at home in his bed with the love and dignity he deserved. We are not always this fortunate. I know that Chopper was in good hands when he left with Dr. Heather. Thank you again!"
Terri McColganHuntington, NY
"Dr. Kristine was wonderful...she made a very difficult day less painful and peaceful...i will miss my 20 year old fur baby Lulu...Lulu was so peaceful and calm and relaxed in the final moments...Kristine was so gentle caring and compassionate with my baby I cant thank her enough for making this day more calm...
Goodbye my sweet angel I'll miss you."
denise fasslCentereach, NY
"We were comforted by Dr. Heather Manfredi's presence in our home two nights ago, during a very painful event for our family as we said a final goodbye to our precious Oscar with whom we've shared life for 17 years. We appreciated the expertise Dr. Manfredi brought to Oscar's final moments, along with her compassionate engagement, all of which contributed to those moments being as peaceful and painless as they could be.
Saying a final goodnight to our precious Oscar two nights ago and waking to this morning without Oscar has been extremely difficult for each and all of us. We're grateful that Dr. Manfredi was able to accommodate the hour that most suited Oscar and us to come to our home. It allowed him to have a calm and meaningful last day with his family. ."
Matthew, Fuku,and Jun Luke FosterMerrick, NY
"On the most heart reaching day of our lives, Dr. Heather brought us peace and comfort. She was lovely from the moment we met her. Even Ali's tail wagged when she met Dr. Heather. We called Lap of Love on Sunday morning 7am and Dr. Heather was at our home at 12:45. She truly made the most horrible day a peaceful experience."
Kate FIslip, 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