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 for your kindness towards our beloved Max. Your service is so very valued as in the case with Max who had within a short time reached a point where moving him would have caused him more suffering than he was already going through."
donna wilsonmedford, NY
"Lap of Love is truly heaven sent. It became evident that the time was coming for Bruno to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. It was an event that we avoided discussing as long as we could. A friend of my son’s recommended Lap of Love, mobile veterinarians. Everything was made very simple and accommodating from the initial appointment to our final goodbyes. Dr Manfredi was a very warm and comforting person. She arrived at the house, explained the process, answered whatever questions we had and allowed us all the time we needed with Bruno. Nobody and nothing was rushed. I was as satisfied as I could be with “our baby’s” farewell. Dr Manfredi and Lap of Love helped to make this very difficult time one of peace and dignity. Thank you from the Mongiovi/Sarro family."
Marie (Mongiovi) SarroLindenhurst, NY, NY
"Last month my husband and I had to make the most difficult decision for our sweet boy Tigger. We contacted Lap of Love because they would come to our home and make such a heart breaking time the most comfortable for Tigger. Dr. Heather took her time with us asking questions about Tigger and his life with us. She was so very compassionate and understanding. The whole experience was calming to Tigger and to us. He passed in his favorite bed at home. No cold and stressful vet's office. I highly recommend Dr. Heather. She made a very difficult time comforting and peaceful for our beloved Tigger and for my husband, myself and our other two dogs. We are forever grateful to Dr. Heather and the staff at Lap of Love."
Monika DawideitMassapequa, NY
"I couldn’t have imagined a better final moment for my dog Oscar. Dr. Kristine Campanelli did the most amazing job. Explained everything, made us feel comfortable, and most importantly made Oscar feel comfortable in his final moments. He was surrounded by loved ones and in the comfort of our home. Dr. Kristine was professional, kind, and so empathetic to the situation. We didn’t feel rushed. I am so grateful for this experience being his final moments. After 17 years of life- and 17 years in my care, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, and I’m sure Oscar wouldn’t have either."
Christopher SillimanNorth Babylon NY, NY
"We used Dr. Kristine to put our beloved dog Sheyna to sleep. Dr. Kristine made this most difficult time as peaceful and loving an experience as possible. We didn't feel at all rushed. She spent time with both of our dogs upon entering the home. She was sensitive to our feelings and took her cues from us in terms of how much time we needed. We highly recommend using Lap of Love -- and Dr. Kristine in particular."
Lisa ZombackNorth Bellmore, NY
"Summer was a special part of our family. This decision was extremely difficult for our family as we were hoping for a turn around of Summer's health. When Dr. Heather saw our girl she immediately called out to "Sum-Sum ", her nickname and we knew this was the right decision. Dr. Heather was professional, sympathetic, understanding, patient and caring. She took great care of Summer as well as all of us. Because of the option they provide, Summer got to see us last in the comfort of her home. Special people are put on this earth to do special jobs and Dr. Heather is one of those people. She made it a little less painful and helped us get through the process. Thank you Dr. Heather and all of the people that work at Lap of Love for doing what you do."
Family SeidelFarmingville, 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