Westchester County & Surrounding Areas
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 on private fields.
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.
Dr. Alexandra Saura was born in New York City. Her affinity for animals came at a young age while she spent her winter vacations with her Grandfather, a Veterinarian in Guatemala. Dr. Alex's academic pursuit began at UMass Amherst, where she studied Pre-Vetetinary Medicine, receiving her Bachelors in Science. She then traveled across the sea and attended St. George's University on the beautiful island of Grenada. After 3 years of study and sun, she spent her last year at North Carolina State University, finally earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon graduating, Dr. Alex began practicing small animal Veterinary Medicine at a private practice in Westchester, NY. She continues to do so today, earning high praise for her top practice of medicine and impeccable kindness with her patients.
Dr. Alex currently lives in Westchester, NY. She has 2 Dogs: Luna, a spunky Jack Russell mix and Twiggy, a regal Italian Greyhound. They all enjoy the daily chirping of Eugene, a 3 year-old Parakeet. She spends her quality time with Santino, her 2 year-old son, and her wonderfully supportive husband, Chris.
Her passion for animals and desire to help them and their people has only grown since she was young. Alexandra has a unique gift of compassion and the ability to help people and their pets through difficult situations, making her a wonderful asset to Lap of Love.
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.
Alexandra Saura, DVM
"My family and I can not thank Dr. Alex enough for helping us through the agonizing decision of letting our little Brady down. Dr. Alex explained the entire procedure with us, she gave us time to say goodbye, reassured us that our little guy would feel no pain and removed our gut wrenching guilt. You know as soon as you meet her that she is a special doctor with unbelievable compassion and empathy. What a beautiful way to say goodbye! Thank you again Dr. Alex and thank you to the amazing staff that I spoke to on the phone."
Bryan SutoriusPelham, NY
"Dr. Alexandra had been through this with me once before, but this time was different. I had to euthanize my baby boy before I would have liked to. He was suffering in a different way than most of the dogs that we have to assist to cross the rainbow bridge. I still struggle with my decision, but Dr. Saura assured me that I was making the right one. She treated Koba like the great dog he was and didn't stigmatize him. She knew that despite the events that led up to his euthanasia, his soul was pure. She made his passing peaceful and I am forever grateful to her for that."
Vita LimatoYonkers, NY
"Dr. Alexandra knew just how to make us feel right about our decision and knew that Bella was a member of the family. She let us have the time to say goodbye, and took her away in a pretty little basket wrapped in a blue blanket with clouds all over it. Bella was so at peace, and surrounded by love. I recommend using this service for any pet you have to let go of. Lap of love really helped me enjoy my last months with her, as I was very anxious on what I would do when the time came. As an old dog that didn't die of any specific disease, it was hard to know during some of her health issues if she'd bounce back, or if it'd all be over out of nowhere. Being on file with them gave me the peace of mind that no matter when it was her time, that I could help her leave this earth in the most comfortable way. I have no regrets."
"I had no CLUE what I was getting into when I called Lap of Love. I did know that my dog, Oreo, was 17 years old, suffering, in pain, and had no quality of life. When Dr. Alexandra came to my house, she made me and my children feel so very comfortable with the decision that we made, affirmed that it was the right time and assured us that it was a painless process. Well she couldn't have described what was going to happen any better. She was kind, compassionate, very caring, understanding, loving and most of all, gentle and reassuring. There are not enough descriptive words that I can use. My girls and I were very relieved and knew that we had made the right decision for Oreo. We miss her every day, and our house is very empty, but having Dr. Alexandra made the whole process so much easier. Thank you SO much!"
Helen DillonNew Rochelle, NY
"This is an incredible service. Dr. Saura came to our home with only a few hours notice and provided a warm, caring and truly professional act of kindness for our elderly beagle Reggie. She was compassionate not just with Reggie, but with the family as well. We can't thank her enough for what she did for all of us."
Joanne FreemanRye, NY
"Dr Alex made everything so calm and peaceful. From the moment she walked in we felt at ease. If you can plan for this, I highly recommend Lap of Love. Dr Alex was wonderful and I can’t say enough good things about her and Camilla at Lap of Love."
Esther BeilensonChappaqua, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Specialty Center (VCA)
Cornell University Pet Support Hotline
Veterinary Emergency Group
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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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 515Larchmont, NY 10538
The Patch: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care to Westchester
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Drs. Laura Parke & Alexandra Saura