Columbus and Surrounding Areas

  (614) 827-3447

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

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 your home or work.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$175
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$225
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 at a licensed crematory and ashes are buried at a pet cemetery in Kentucky.

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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. Jennifer

Jennifer Bell

As a young child growing up in Central Ohio, I always had an affinity towards animals.  However, veterinary medicine was not the path I initially pursued.  I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working in home health and senior services. Early in my career I found I enjoyed it most when my work brought me into people’s homes.  While I enjoyed my social work career, veterinary medicine was still calling to me.  My first college roommate was my cat, Honey.  After college we added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my interest in veterinary medicine.  I began working as a veterinary assistant, while pursuing my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The Ohio State University.  During this time, I also completed additional coursework in animal assisted therapy, and Hallie and I became certified as Pet Partners, visiting nursing homes and hospice patients.

After graduation, I spent time working at several small animal general practices in Central Ohio.  With my previous end of life experiences as a social worker, I always found pet loss to be such a sacred part of my new veterinary profession.  I was fortunate to work for several practices that allowed me the opportunity to offer home euthanasia services.  I was grateful when I could come to the home, as I could see how much easier it was for my patients and their families. Personally, I have also had to make the decision to say goodbye to my beloved pets 3 times.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand and who allowed me to be present for each goodbye.

When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, which consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs; a puggle named Tyde, and a pug named Chaos (both rescues who came to us already named). I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid music fan, and have a love of all things hockey. 

I am honored to be a part of the Lap of Love team, and look forward to assisting Central Ohio families in their time of need.  I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pet to share those last moments together peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by so much love.

 

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Arth

I was raised in northern Ohio and moved to central Ohio in 2006 to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian.  I felt drawn to veterinary medicine while caring for a friend's young litter of kittens in grade school, and the calling was magnified by exposure to animals and animal care over the years.  I am a grateful and proud graduate of The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and have been caring for companion animals in general practice since graduation. 

My interest in providing in-home veterinary care started before I ever began veterinary school, as I had read stories of mobile veterinarians and felt a connection to the personal, low stress experience a pet benefits from in their own home.  Early in 2016 I started a small project offering in-home palliative care to patients and reconnected with my love of caring for animals in a home setting, which eventually led me to Lap of Love.

Being a veterinarian allows me to connect with animals and humans in a special way and enables me to foster and strengthen the bond between pet and family.  My pets are family and caring for them as they age has been an honor.  I am always learning new and different ways to help my senior animals age with grace and comfort, and I love providing that same care to pets in my community. Being a Lap of Love team member allows me to help offer other pets the same loving, low stress care my animals get to enjoy, and for that I am grateful.

Dr. Nellie

Nellie Wilbers

I grew up right here in Columbus, Ohio, knowing from a young age that I wanted to work with animals for the rest of my life. Following this dream, I began my veterinary education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The loss of my first dog Matilda inspired me to pursue further education and training in animal behavior and handling. As I honed my skills in this area, I quickly developed a passion for animal behavior and communication, and became certified in Fear Free vet care and Low Stress Handling.

My dedication to individualized and compassionate care led me to realize that my heart belongs in the homes of the families and pets I serve. I began working as a mobile veterinarian, helping families work through behavioral challenges in the pet’s home environment. It was through this love of compassionate, in-home, family centered care that I discovered Lap of Love. Lap of Love’s values of compassion, open communication, and stress-free care aligned with my desire to create a comfortable experience for my patients, no matter their stage of life. By sitting on the floor with my patients, watching their subtle body language and giving them space and time to get to know me, I am able to adapt a plan that best fits the needs of your pet and your family. I am also Fear Free Certified. It is my honor to be a part of the Lap of Love team, helping provide peaceful and dignified care to your pets during their golden years and beyond.

When I am not helping pets and their families, I enjoy spending quality time with my rescue dog Mars, sibling cats  Elliot and Arya, foster cats Jasper and Topaz, and the Koi and Shubunkin fish in my pond. I also enjoy yoga, permaculture gardening, ballroom dancing, kayaking, camping and biking. I look forward to helping you and your pets navigate end of life care and to bringing you peace during a difficult time.

Dr. Ryan

Ryan Gaffke

I grew up in Michigan, where I spent a lot of formative time in the woods or swimming in a lake, appreciating the wonders of nature and developing a fascination with wildlife. I have been drawn to animals for as long as I can remember. Unlike many of my colleagues, the idea of being a veterinarian did not crystallize for me until much later, after I had worked toward some other creative pursuits, such as playing music, making films, and writing. After a trip to Scotland and seeing the idyllic mix of livestock, pets, working dogs, and wildlife along the seashore, I had a distinct realization of how important animals are in our lives, and knew at that time I wanted to study how to keep them healthy in their time with us.

Over time, I completed my English degree then the prerequisites to apply for veterinary school. After my coursework, I worked as a veterinary assistant, and moved to Ohio, where I was accepted at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, I spent a few months in private practice with cats, rabbits, and other small mammals, before finding an opportunity to practice in an area that I am particularly passionate about, shelter medicine. I later had a work-related injury which resulted in several surgeries and months of hand therapy. It was following this hiatus that I joined a relief agency to work in general practice. There, my colleague and OSU CVM classmate, Dr. Nellie Wilbers, encouraged me to join Lap of Love.

Through my work in shelter medicine and having close ties to many animals that may be surrendered ill, injured, or unable to be safely placed in the community, I especially value the bond that our animals have to those who care for them. In shelter medicine there were factors that resulted in euthanasia. I always strived to provide the most peaceful transition through end-of-life by being present in that important time and taking careful consideration of the animal.

I recently had to say goodbye to my own rabbit, Sally. This came as a surprise through my narrowed vision of her being with me each day and was a very humbling experience for me. I understand that the decisions we have to make regarding our animals can be incredibly difficult and not always made under the most ideal circumstances. It truly is a gift afforded to veterinarians to alleviate further suffering. With Lap of Love, I have a unique opportunity to serve each pet and their family.

In my free time, I am usually working out some musical idea on the guitar, watching movies, reading, writing, or walking my dog, Smilee, who also demands daily that we play fetch with some toy or another. Any of the above activities--except guitar playing--may be accompanied by a cat, Fay Wray or Bob, sitting on or near me. 

About Jennifer Bell

As a young child growing up in Central Ohio, I always had an affinity towards animals.  However, veterinary medicine was not the path I initially pursued.  I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working in home health and senior services. Early in my career I found I enjoyed it most when my work brought me into people’s homes.  While I enjoyed my social work career, veterinary medicine was still calling to me.  My first college roommate was my cat, Honey.  After college we added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my interest in veterinary medicine.  I began working as a veterinary assistant, while pursuing my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The Ohio State University.  During this time, I also completed additional coursework in animal assisted therapy, and Hallie and I became certified as Pet Partners, visiting nursing homes and hospice patients.

After graduation, I spent time working at several small animal general practices in Central Ohio.  With my previous end of life experiences as a social worker, I always found pet loss to be such a sacred part of my new veterinary profession.  I was fortunate to work for several practices that allowed me the opportunity to offer home euthanasia services.  I was grateful when I could come to the home, as I could see how much easier it was for my patients and their families. Personally, I have also had to make the decision to say goodbye to my beloved pets 3 times.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand and who allowed me to be present for each goodbye.

When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, which consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs; a puggle named Tyde, and a pug named Chaos (both rescues who came to us already named). I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid music fan, and have a love of all things hockey. 

I am honored to be a part of the Lap of Love team, and look forward to assisting Central Ohio families in their time of need.  I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pet to share those last moments together peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by so much love.

 

"My partner and I had to make the difficult decision to euthanize our 15 year old dog Mason due to chronic health conditions. Over a several day period his health declined and we knew that we needed help for him. I contacted Lap of Love this morning and explained his health history and current condition. The young lady that I spoke to was very warm and caring, and many times expressed sympathy as to imminent loss of our sweet boy Mason. The appointment was scheduled for 5:00 PM. I received a call at about 3:30 PM saying that Dr. Jennifer Bell could be there around 4:00 PM if we wanted her to or we could wait for the scheduled time. We asked that she come early. She arrived right when she said she would. She was respectful of our home and safety and wore and mask at all times. We explained his health history to her . She then told us everything that she would do to make his passing peaceful. She gave us all the time we needed and did not rush us. She explained what she was doing at each step of the process. She worked from across the room when she could so that we were able to keep our masks off so Mason could see our faces and hear us. She even brought him a brownie to eat as a last treat. She administered a sedative to make sure that Mason would not be aware of what was happening. The whole time my partner and I were on the floor on each side of him cuddling him, petting him, and telling how much we loved him. His passing was very peaceful which is what we wanted. To have the moment with your ill pet is something I will always cherish. He died in the arms of his daddies knowing that we loved him. Afterwards, Dr. Bell gave us all the time we needed with him and explained everything regarding his cremation and return of his ashes. The amount of peace we were given by in-home euthanasia is not something I can describe. Not having to take our baby to a vets office during this difficult time was priceless. Him being at home with his family made the day just a little better. If you have an ill pet and are considering euthanasia I encourage you to contact Lap of Love. Dr. Bell was very caring, sensitive and compassionate. It was evident that Dr. Bell loves what she does. Thank you. You made a painful day just a little better. Love you my sweet Mason. You were the best dog anyone could have asked for. I love you."

Cory Procise
Dublin, Ohio

"Dr. Bell was kind and attentive. What a hard day to meet a family, yet she was understanding and showed great care and concern for our baby."

Elisa Bradley
COLUMBUS, Ohio

"Dr. Bell was very helpful during this painful process and explained everything thoroughly an helped make the experience more bearable. I really appreciated her professionalism and tact during this time."

Stephanie Scott
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Ryan and the staff at Lap of Love were patient, gentle and kind with us and with Stella during this difficult time. We are so very thankful for the important work that they do!"

Lydia Featheringill
Westerville, Ohio

"Dr Nellie Wilbers was absolutely amazing! She was very understanding, sweet, and treated us so well.

I appreciate her caring visit so much. She made sure that Luigi was very comfortable."

Victoria Alexander
Hilliard, Ohio

"Dr. Ryan, you were professional, gentle and thorough from beginning to end. I'm sure you hear this a lot, and I'll echo many others, no doubt, when I say, "We don't know what this final experience would have been like without you."

You were attentive to my questions and to Callia. You were there for Appa in just the right ways. Your kindness and attention to every step was reassuring and we knew we were in good hands as soon as you expressed yourself to us.

Thank you for making one of the worst days also a day that left us knowing we took care of our friend in the most loving way possible."

LAUREL & CALLIA DURRETT
Columbus, Ohio

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (614) 846-5800

MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington

Pet Loss Support

  (937) 725-4404

Pickerington Local Library - Pet Loss Support Group - Pickerington

  (614) 292-3551

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center - Main Campus Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus

Pet Loss Support

  (614) 895-3416

Villa Angela Care Center - Pet Loss Support Group - Columbus

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Columbus area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 - $100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Words cannot express how much we will miss our precious Sneakie. He was the kindest and most gentle giant, taking care of everyone else - including his brother Moses & our two daughters. Sneakie you have been a buddy to all of us, and we find ourselves looking for you everywhere. We can't believe you are not here with us, because you have been a ...
Elisa Bradley
January 13, 2021
“In Loving Memory of our beloved dog Apollo King.
After joining our family in 2011 Apollo and his sister Abbie quickly became a big part of our family. His large paws caused us to nickname him “Paw-py” which stuck until the end. He was such a gentle giant. At his prime he weighed 140 pounds but was bossed around by his feline siblings. He always ...
Stephanie Scott
January 6, 2021
“Last night we said goodbye to our sweet Stella. Cancer is incredibly cruel, but she was remarkably brave through every vet visit and treatment. Forever wouldn't be long enough, but we are so grateful for the 8+ years together.

RIP baby girl, heaven is waiting with squirrels, rabbits and racoons as far as the eye can see. We will always love ...
Lydia Featheringill
January 3, 2021
“Luigi was a very affectionate, sweet, and funny kitty!
I have shared so many incredible life milestones, memories and moments with him.
He will forever be in my heart.”
Victoria Alexander
December 28, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 344
Worthington, Ohio 43085

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