Westchester County & Surrounding Areas

  (914) 294-4191

  Westchester@LapofLove.com

Our veterinarians will be unavailable from June 14th-18th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon their return.

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$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$320
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 -200 pounds$400
Mailing of urn to your home or work$20

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$180
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$190
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 on private fields.

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

Our veterinarians will be unavailable from June 14th-18th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon their return.

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. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hilton, BVM&S

From a young age, I think I always knew I was destined to become a veterinarian! As a fresh faced 14-year-old, I got the opportunity to work at a clinic cleaning kennels and I eventually worked my way up to be a veterinary assistant.  I went on to attend the University of Georgia for my undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Dairy Science.  I was then fortunate enough to get my first overseas experience when I was accepted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  After graduating with my veterinary degree, I wasn’t quite ready to return home so I started looking at available positions worldwide, eventually accepting one in Singapore at a small animal clinic.  After 3 years, my husband and I moved to India where I spent my time doing volunteer work for a local treatment center for street dogs.  I absolutely loved my time in Asia as it taught me a great deal about humility and it gave me a new found appreciation for the resources we take for granted here in the US, for both humans and animals.

We relocated back to the US in 2016 with a newborn baby, 2 adopted Indian street dogs, and our 12-year-old dog, Jack, who had traveled the world with me.  We settled back in New York where I began doing house calls for dogs and cats. Watching Jack grow older was difficult but there were many things we were able to do to make his later years as comfortable as possible. When he declined to the point where we had to say goodbye, I found that being able to do it at home was the perfect ending to our journey together.  I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.  That led me to Lap of Love, where I get the amazing opportunity to help families have the same experience I was able to give my Jack. It’s a blessing to be able to offer comfort and peace to families and their loved ones when faced with the same difficult decision.
 
I live in Westchester with my husband, 2 daughters, and the same 2 Indian ex-street dogs who still complain about being cold!

Dr. Laura

Laura Parke, DVM

While talking to my other veterinarian friends, I have come to realize that becoming a veterinarian is a calling, driven by our love and compassion for our furry friends. My own childhood involved caring for my first friend - Sabbath - a sweet and rambunctious kitten who brightened up my day when I came home from school. My connection to Sabbath and all of the neighborhood pets in my home town of Coral Gables instilled a passion for helping animals in their time of need. I knew at an early age that becoming a veterinarian would be my career.

I started my first step toward becoming a veterinarian at Florida International University, earning my BS in Biology, and started my career at the University of Miami Trauma Institute. I continued my studies at St. George's University and completed my clinics at Louisiana State University. After receiving my DVM in 2009, I did a very unusual thing for a Floridian! I moved from the Sunshine State to the Big Apple with my best friend - my Golden Retriever, Loki.

While living and working in New York City, I became more involved with veterinary geriatric care while attending to Loki. I realized how nuanced and involved pet care can be for my aging pup, and there is so much that we can do to maintain his comfort, reduce his stress level, and keep him happy. Getting older usually means issues with mobility and diseases typically arise as they age, just like us. I'm grateful that I can impart a level of care at my home as a veterinarian and I want to share that level of care with you when the end of life stage arrives. I have learned that transportation can be problematic and stressful for pets that are old, sick, or in pain. Many times, the anxiety some pets feel while being in an unusual place does not help their treatment or recovery. I want to give the best care possible in the best environment possible, and it brings pets and their pet parents a great deal more comfort and assurance to have their needs met at home.

I am happy to say that Loki is doing well and loving life. We live in Westchester County near Long Island Sound, where Loki and I enjoy hiking, swimming, and the beach. When the time comes to say goodbye, I know that I've done the best that I could to make my guy happy and feel loved, which is what life is all about.

About Elizabeth Hilton, BVM&S

From a young age, I think I always knew I was destined to become a veterinarian! As a fresh faced 14-year-old, I got the opportunity to work at a clinic cleaning kennels and I eventually worked my way up to be a veterinary assistant.  I went on to attend the University of Georgia for my undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Dairy Science.  I was then fortunate enough to get my first overseas experience when I was accepted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  After graduating with my veterinary degree, I wasn’t quite ready to return home so I started looking at available positions worldwide, eventually accepting one in Singapore at a small animal clinic.  After 3 years, my husband and I moved to India where I spent my time doing volunteer work for a local treatment center for street dogs.  I absolutely loved my time in Asia as it taught me a great deal about humility and it gave me a new found appreciation for the resources we take for granted here in the US, for both humans and animals.

We relocated back to the US in 2016 with a newborn baby, 2 adopted Indian street dogs, and our 12-year-old dog, Jack, who had traveled the world with me.  We settled back in New York where I began doing house calls for dogs and cats. Watching Jack grow older was difficult but there were many things we were able to do to make his later years as comfortable as possible. When he declined to the point where we had to say goodbye, I found that being able to do it at home was the perfect ending to our journey together.  I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.  That led me to Lap of Love, where I get the amazing opportunity to help families have the same experience I was able to give my Jack. It’s a blessing to be able to offer comfort and peace to families and their loved ones when faced with the same difficult decision.
 
I live in Westchester with my husband, 2 daughters, and the same 2 Indian ex-street dogs who still complain about being cold!

"Dr. Liz was very kind and compassionate. She made the process as easy at it could be. She sent me a wonderful message afterwards that is helping me with this process."

Ortensia Oliva
New Rochelle, NY

"If you are reading this testimonial then you are in the process of making one of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to make. I know because in March of 2019 I was in the exact place.

My family and I knew that our beloved 15 year old Ozzy was suffering from complications from cancer. He fought his diagnosis for one year and the last few months were very difficult for all of us. But as bad as it got I still wasn’t convinced that he was “ready” or that we were “ready.” I know now that I was in denial. I found Lap of Love purely by accident, searching for information on knowing if it was the right time. There I found a plethora of information, exactly I was looking for.

More than just information, I found a caring, and loving organization that provided us with a service that would honor the love and devotion we felt for Ozzy. Experiencing this unbearably heartbreaking situation at home (instead of at the veterinary office) with my family was priceless.

Thank you Dr. Liz and Lap of Love for making such a difficult time easier and so special, I would not have wished for a more beautiful and respectable passing for my baby."

Diane Arditi
Bedford, NY

"Dr. Liz was absolutely wonderful. Words can't adequately express how grateful we are to her for helping us

say good-bye to our beloved Rascal. Her calm demeanor, gentle manner and compassion made us all feel comfortable. We're sure that Rascal could tell she was being well taken care of. Thanks, Dr. Liz!"

Michelle Magnotta
Mamaroneck, NY

"We can't thank Dr. Liz enough for helping our family. She reassured us that we were making the right decision, and handled a sad situation with such great care. Having a service like this done in the comfort of your own home is the way to go. If we are ever again in a tough situation like this, we know who to call without hesitation. Thank you Dr. Liz, and thank you Lap of Love."

Tori Macchi
Mahopac, NY

"We are so thankful to have discovered Lap of Love and Dr. Laura in our time of need. In April 2017, we received a sudden, terminal prognosis for our beloved golden, Trevor. When our regular veterinarian wouldn't even return our calls following the diagnosis, we researched pet hospice options because we wanted to find a place that would treat Trevor with the respect he deserved in his final days. We knew that wouldn't happen in a sterile vet office.

From the first phone call we knew Lap of Love would provide the care, expertise and respect we owed Trevor. Dr. Laura is simply amazing. I wish she could be our vet for our next dog! She was so patient with us in going through the prognosis and treatment options, followed up with emails and calls and even drove to our home late on a sunday night when we decided it was time to set Trevor free.

It's been 8 months, but we still think back to our experience with Lap of Love and Dr. Laura, knowing that we couldn't have asked for better treatment or more empathy."

Laura Eisman
Brooklyn, NY

"Dr. Laura - Thank you for giving of your self as well as your expertise. It's strange to say that I enjoyed meeting you, but I did. Let me know if you change specialties, because I hope not to need your hospice services again for a long time! Roz"

Rosamond Gianutsos
Sunnyside, NY

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (914) 457-4000

Animal Specialty Center (VCA)

  607-253-3932

Cornell University Pet Support Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (914) 949-8779

Veterinary Emergency Group

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarians proudly serve Westchester County and surrounding areas.

Extended Service areas include, but are not limited to, Rockland & Putnam Counties, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Typical fee is between $50-75 depending on distance.

Pet Memorials
“Gizmo was one of the most fun and loving dogs anyone could ever ask for. He loved his family and would do anything to protect us, even as tiny as he was. We are so lucky to have had him in our lives. He brought so much joy and happiness by his playful and energetic self. Gizmo was family and our best friends for the 14 years he lived. Our only ...
Ortensia Oliva
June 11, 2019
“Rascal, you brought such joy to our lives! We miss you and you will always be in our hearts.”
Michelle Magnotta
March 19, 2019
“Roxy,
You were really a special cat. We all love you so much. We're happy that our 14 years together were filled with cuddles, treats, laughs, and playtime. Every single moment will be treasured. As sad as it is, we're glad you're at peace. Until we meet again.

xox
Tommy, Trisha, Michelle, Tori, and Stella”
Tori Macchi
February 2, 2019
“Ginger can best be described as "a kind soul". She came into a home that had never owned a dog and she taught us how to accept and give love unconditionally. Her love of us was only rivaled by her love of food - - anything and everything - - and she kicked off our days by giving us kisses and a sweet look that said "I've got the fort; I will be ...
Mwende Mwinzi
January 31, 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. 

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 515
Larchmont, NY 10538

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