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.
Alexandra Saura, DVM
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.
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.
Alexandra Saura, DVM
"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
"I will forever miss my JAKE. He is forever in our hearts. Dr. Alex made this process comfortable. I never knew someone could make me feel so comfortable and at ease about taking my baby away. Thank you so much for allowing us to grieve, to cry, and to fully let our baby go. Dr. Alex was a blessing whom i trust. I LOVE YOU JAKE!"
Ana RiveraBronx, 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 EismanBrooklyn, NY
"I can't say enough positive things about Dr. Alexandra. She has given me great comfort and support as I battle for my little Rosie Lou (10 year old dachshund with TCC of the bladder). Dr. Alex possesses a compassionate and uplifting personality which translates to people and dogs. As soon as we met her, we were all at ease. Even Lou's sister who doesn't like strangers loved Dr. Alex right away. She was able to take Lou's history and analyze her current needs. I told her Lou was having some straining and discomfort. She suggested a medicine that would allow her to urinated better and sure enough that did the trick. I think her love of animals and her personal experience has led her to do doggy God's work. To us, she is an angel."
Lynn ScooterNew York, 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 GianutsosSunnyside, NY
"On July 11, 2017, we had to make one of the most difficult decisions about our wonderful Great Dane Lucas. He was a gentle giant, affectionate, loyal, protective and our best friend. We contacted Lap of Love and Dr. Alexandra came to our home and helped talk us through our last moments with our beloved pet. Lucas was very calm and comfortable and Dr. Alexandra was so compassionate and caring toward us and Lucas. He went to sleep peacefully and as much as we didn't want to let him go , we all agreed it was his time. Although we are deeply heartbroken by our loss, this experience made it more bearable. Rest in peace, Lukey Frog. You were our special boy and will be missed forever. Lap of Love and Dr. Alexandra are amazing. We are truly grateful to them for all they have done during our time of need.
Howard & Lucretia BerwangerBronx, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Specialty Center (VCA)
Cornell University Pet Support Hotline
Veterinary Emergency Group
Animal Medical Center
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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