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
"Dr. Alex is amazing. This is such a hard time and she made it so much more bearable. She helped our sweet boy pass so peacefully. I can't recommend her enough."
Veronica HoffmanBronx, NY
"Dr. Alex, thank you for your kindness. You treated Buddha as if she were your own pet."
Lyndsey HarrisCroton on Hudson, NY
"She was very comforting during a very painful time of my life. She made the process so much easier. One of the most caring people to have by your side during such a stressful situation. She talked to FlatFace and comforted her as if she was her own. Words cannot express how special that was."
Andre LucianoPort Chester, NY
"Thank you so much Dr. Alex. You took care of my little lady and sent her to heaven with a smile on her face. Dr. Alex was so gentle and had such compassion for my Lizzie and helped me realize I was doing the right thing for her. Thank you again, Dr. Alex."
Carmela Masielloyonkers, NY
"Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Alex for providing a service that made our toughest day with our baby a little easier to handle.
Dr. Alex was so compassionate, thoughtful and patient with our family and with my sweet baby Georgia. She was able to put us at ease and know that it was ok to let her go peacefully. I am so happy I found this service to help us through this painful process and wouldn’t have been able to deal with it so calmly in a cold vets office. I always wanted the best for my fur baby even to her last day and this was the best way to say good bye. Everything from beginning when the doctor arrived into my home and down to the way she was taken out of my home, was treated with dignity, respect and lots of love! Just like my baby deserved.
We love you Georgia peaches!!"
Rebecca GuerraBronx, NY
"I want to thank Dr. Alex for being there for us at such a difficult time. Truly a wonderful and pure human being & I’m so glad she was the one to assist us with Romeo. She also speaks Spanish and that was great for us as she was able to explain to my mom the procedures for the euthanasia. Very understanding, patient, and knowledgeable doctor. Highly recommended for such a difficult process."
Diana RendonYonkers, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Specialty Center (VCA)
Cornell University Pet Support Hotline
Veterinary Emergency Group
Animal Medical Center
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.
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