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.
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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
"Dear Dr. Heather,
Thank you so much for being with us the day Norton passed. The kindness and love you showed Norton will never be forgotten. You are truly an angel and we were blessed to have you by our side that day.
Our home does feel empty and we still look for Norton at certain times during the day. We miss Norton terribly. On what was a heartbreakingly sad day, you were able to let love and kindness shine through. We both felt it and we are sure Norton felt it also. The kiss you gave Norton on his passing will forever be etched in our minds. And for that, we can never thank you enough."
Barbara & John DiasNissequogue, NY
"Lap of Love is absolutely amazing - from the lovely and compassionate person who first answered our phone call to Dr. Heather who helped our dear sweet Gialla. Dr. Heather made Gialla's passing peaceful. She was so loving to our family and Gialla. We will forever be thankful to Dr. Heather for her support, compassion, and love in such a sad time for our family. Dr. Heather also contacted us a month later to tell us she was thinking of us. Dr. Heather is truly amazing and will forever be in our hearts."
Jo Ann DiPippaHuntington, NY
"Although losing an animal is horrible, having Lap of love come to the house was the best decision I made. Dr. Heather was lovely and very personable."
Kimberly LazaroPatchogue, NY
"We learned of Lap of Love through our veterinarian Paumonak in Patchogue. Bringing our Maltese of 13 years to the vet to Euthanize her was a hard decision due to anxiety and stress of our dog on the ride. Having Dr. Heather come to our home and explain the process was so comforting. She cared for our Maltese as it was her own and was truly amazing throughout the process. She made us feel at peace knowing that our 13 year old puppy was given a comfortable and peaceful good death. Having two years of lymphoma and then congestive heart disease our puppy was a trooper to the end and is no longer suffering. Thank you Dr. Heather for the wonderful compassion and heartfelt warmth you given our family during this process."
Ken HaglandEast Parchogue, NY
"Amazing caring staff and Dr. Manfredi is one of the nicest vets and warm vets I’ve ever met! She made this so much easier on me and we couldn’t have done it without her! She came right to the house gave us our time with Rambo and understood our pain and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!!! He went in peace and in his home filled with nothing but warm memories and love without suffering! Thank you and your staff with all my heart!"
Sally ColbyCommack, NY
"While it’s never easy to say goodbye to anyone or anything , I am more than at peace with Dr. Manfredi not only helping us through such a difficult and emotional time with our dog Rambo who we were blessed to have in our lives for almost 4 years! He brought us laughter, fun and crazy times, definitely one unique and beautiful dog since day one he kept us all on our toes and he was one of my best friends. When I was pregnant he would sit and keep me company and just chill with me! I called the staff on a Friday night and not only were they beyond understanding and helpful they were so warm and nice when I explained to them our sad, sad situation when no one else would even call us back as I had called every shelter and then some. Dr. Manfredi you are a lifesaver and you made Rambo's transition and final memories and moments sooo much easier for me as I was a wreck and rightfully so! You were made to do this for animals and have such a kind heart! From Carrie to Taylor as your staff my husband and I can’t thank you enough for coming to our home to let us say goodbye to our sweet sweet boy who’s now at peace!!!! Thank you again!!! He will be missed beyond words! "
Salvatrese ColbyCommack, 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