PRICING AND INFORMATION



APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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$475

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.

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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 Eve, 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$330
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$380

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.

*Mailing of urn to your home or work ~ $45

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175

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, 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. Heather

Heather Manfredi

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

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

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

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 asked for Dr Heather to assist us with the passing of our cat Star as I was so impressed with her kindness and professionalism when see assisted us with our other pet earlier this year. I would highly recommend this valuable service to anyone."

Sue Avery
Stony Brook, New York

"I heard many great things about Lap of Love, but it wasn't till my daughter came home and told me about her clients experience and she said mom this is what we need to do for Danny.... I called and an amazing Vet Dr. Heather came to the house. She was just amazing... She evaluated Danny and even showed us some things that we didn't know... She made it so comfortable for the entire family... She did not rush, she answered any and all questions. Danny even went over to her and kissed her.... He knew she was there to give him his angels wings. She made him very comfortable and we stayed with him the entire time and took him out to the car with Dr. Heather's assistance. I received a clay footprint and some of his hair in a container.... and will be receiving him home again soon..... I wanted to give him dignity and that is exactly what Dr. Heather help me do!.. What an amazing experience."

Phyllis DAvanzo
Holtsville, New York

"Thank you Dr. Kristen for your invaluable help in keeping SweetPea comfortable during her declining health. You came to our home and reassured us as to the path we were taking with her palliative care and you were always available to answer questions and concerns. And, when the time came to make the hardest decision, you were kind and comforting to not only our sweet baby girl, SweetPea, but to us as well. A simple thank you seems insufficient. Bless you Dr. Kristen and the Lap of Love Community."

Laura Lihach
New Hyde Park, New York

"Thank you Lap of Love for making a very difficult situation one that we can remember as very comfortable for Nala. Dr Kristine was knowledgeable and gentle. Doing this at home was a great option. Thank you"

Ron Sandoval
Melville, New York

"Our black lab mix Max was diagnosed with a fast spreading cancer two weeks before Dr. Kristine Campanelli needed to come to our house. Max went from a happy, excited, playful, hearty eater to a sad, lethargic, skinny dog who couldn't even keep down water, much less his favorite foods (he turned away from everything, even ice cream and McDonald's) in that span of 2 weeks. We had three vet visits but there was nothing to be done. He was declining so fast. We felt helpless and sad, tortured by the quick demise of our baby.

We knew it was time and we didn't want so subject Max to another vet visit to end his life. He was too weak and we wanted his passing to be peaceful and comfortable in his own home with us snuggling him and telling him how much we loved him and that he was a good boy.

When Dr. Kristine showed up at our house we instantly felt comfortable with her. She is such a warm, loving, and caring vet and we felt that right away. That made a difficult time much easier. Even though Max had a last burst of energy and barked at her like crazy, she wasn't afraid and he warmed up to her right away. All the barking took the rest of his energy and he laid down by the couch in the living room. We were able to ask a million questions and Dr. Kristine explained every single part of the procedure and what we could expect.

We got on the floor with Max and Dr. Kristine gave Max a sedative to relax him. He was resting peacefully for about 10 minutes and we got to say our goodbyes to him as Dr. Kristine prepared his final shot. She was very gentle and quiet and let us have our moments and tears with Max as we said goodbye. Then we were ready for her to give him the final shot to put him to sleep. She gave him the shot and Max's passing was very peaceful. He just went right to sleep. I had my hand on his side and felt his last breath and that was very special to me. She checked for a heartbeat and told us he had passed. We were very emotional but she gave us time to grieve and to be with Max one last time. She respected our privacy and never rushed us. Then she made a clay paw print of Max's front paw for a keepsake and cut some of his hair to give to us in a little plastic pouch. She mentioned some things we could do for Max for a remembrance and they were great ideas. When we are ready my husband and I are going to get Max's paw print made into a tattoo and we will each get one.

We decided on a private cremation for Max so Dr. Kristine brought in a stretcher with a blanket and she and my husband moved Max onto the stretcher and she covered him with the blanket and strapped him in very gently. He just looked like he was asleep, cuddled in the blanket. Then they carried him out to her car. She told us when to expect the ashes and described the lovely urn they will come in, as well as the fact that we can put a picture onto the urn, as well as a little plaque that will come with it. We can also open the urn to spread ashes if we wish but we choose to keep Max's urn with us in the living room, his favorite place to hang out.

When we said goodbye to Dr. Kristine I gave her a big hug, as did my husband, and he told her she was an angel. She really is. It takes a special kind of person to do this work and Dr. Kristine took a very difficult time for us and made it special and lovely. Putting Max to sleep in our home, among his favorite things and smells, was definitely the right decision and we will never regret it. As we watched Dr. Kristine drive off with Max in the back of her car, we knew we could trust her with our baby and we look forward to receiving his ashes.

If you are hesitant to put your pet to sleep, know that you will make the right decision for your loyal friend. It is peaceful for them and will put your mind and heart at peace when you see how well they are taken care of by Dr. Kristine. We recommend her wholeheartedly to trust for your pet's final moments. We will never forget our Max or how well she treated him. She is truly a blessing."


Central Islip, New York

"I am so unbelievably thankful for Lap of Love. I had called them multiple times over the 2 weeks that I was trying to make arrangements and make the hardest decision of my life, to say goodbye to my beautiful baby girl Shea, a shepherd mix just shy of 14. Each time, the person on the other end was kind, sweet, soft spoken and compassionate, answered all of my questions and stayed on the phone as long as I needed them.

When the time came, Dr. Heather Manfredi gave me the best gift I could have asked for, a calm and peaceful passing for my sweet baby Shea. She even came a day earlier than scheduled (her day off), after I woke up that morning and just couldn’t see my baby go another day in her condition. When Dr. Heather walked in the front door to a living room full of sad, anxious family, she brought a sense of calm with her. She sat right down by Shea and I and started a conversation about how Shea came into our lives, asked us about what she used to love to do and encouraged us to share any favorite memories we had of her. Shea even laid her head on her pillow for the first time in hours, she had worked so hard all day to keep it up to try and stay as alert as possible for us.

Dr. Heather reassured me that I was doing the right thing and gave me the strength to wipe away my tears and be strong for Shea in her final moments. All of the fear I had leading up to that moment left me so that I could lay with Shea, my face to hers, and tell her how much I love her and that she was going to be ok. It was as quick and peaceful as I could only have imagined and knowing she was in good hands with Dr. Heather helped give me a sense of peace as well.

I will forever be grateful to Dr. Heather for her service, she is a beautiful woman with an amazing gift. ❤️"

JoAnne McNeece
Ronkonkoma, New York

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


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
“My Dear Little Star,
You will forever shine brightly in my heart. It has been four days since you joined the heavenly realm and your feline brother Ringo. I still look for you down here on Earth when I should perhaps be scanning the evening sky. You were blessed with a long life amongst our loving family. In your nineteen years, together with ...
Sue Avery
August 14, 2019
“Danny was just an amazing dog..... He was a gentle soul, well mannered golden retriever mix... It didn't matter what animal we rescued next, he was always there to greet them.... and put them in their place. All knew he was mommy's boy. Anytime we had a party at the house, everyone went towards Danny the gentle soul...”
Phyllis DAvanzo
August 14, 2019
“We were blessed to have Sweet Pea in our lives for so many beautiful years. There was not a bowl, basket or bed that she could pass up to curl herself into for a nap! Of course, there were also our laps on the couch or our own pillows in our bed.
She was a sweet a loving little girl that brought a great joy into our home.”
Laura Lihach
August 12, 2019
“Bentley was a very lucky dog who got to live a long, good life (16 and a half years!) and we were even luckier for all the years we got to spend with him.

We will always miss you, Bentley.”
August 3, 2019
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.

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

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