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 scattered 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 Columbus, I always had an affinity towards animals but I didn’t pursue veterinary medicine first.  I attended The Ohio State University, where I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working with home health and senior services, so 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 always there in the back of my mind.  The first thing I did when moved away from home was to adopt my first cat, Honey.  My family continued to grow when my husband and I added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my veterinary interest.  I began working as a veterinary assistance, 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 some practices that gave me to opportunity to offer euthanasia services in the home.  I was grateful when I could offer these services, as I could see how beneficial it was for my patient and their family. Personally, I have also had to make that final decision for my 3 pets.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand; who allowed me to be present for each goodbye. I am honored to be part of the Lap of Love team. I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pets to share those last moments peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by love.

Our family now consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs, Tyde, a puggle, and Chaos, a pug (both rescues who came to us already named).  When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with ALL my boys and following them with their various activities.  I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid fan of music, and have a love of hockey.  I even played a bit of ice hockey while at school on the intramural vet school hockey team. 

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.

About Jennifer Bell

As a young child growing up in Columbus, I always had an affinity towards animals but I didn’t pursue veterinary medicine first.  I attended The Ohio State University, where I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working with home health and senior services, so 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 always there in the back of my mind.  The first thing I did when moved away from home was to adopt my first cat, Honey.  My family continued to grow when my husband and I added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my veterinary interest.  I began working as a veterinary assistance, 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 some practices that gave me to opportunity to offer euthanasia services in the home.  I was grateful when I could offer these services, as I could see how beneficial it was for my patient and their family. Personally, I have also had to make that final decision for my 3 pets.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand; who allowed me to be present for each goodbye. I am honored to be part of the Lap of Love team. I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pets to share those last moments peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by love.

Our family now consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs, Tyde, a puggle, and Chaos, a pug (both rescues who came to us already named).  When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with ALL my boys and following them with their various activities.  I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid fan of music, and have a love of hockey.  I even played a bit of ice hockey while at school on the intramural vet school hockey team. 

"Dr Bell and the whole team was great helping our Kitty Bud cross that rainbow bridge arranging on the phone with Annie the day of Annie was kind and compassionate and talked to my husband for about 45 min just listening

Dr Bell was very soothing during the procedure compassionate to Bud and to us even though I had to video in because I was stuck out of town

We got Bud's ashes the next day Dr gave us a paw print and a clip of hair too

Even though we are gutted by our kitty's death Lap of Love made it a little easier

I recommend them to anyone who has to deal with this tragic situation

Allen .. Baron Of Otter"

Craig and Allen Gahn Geiner
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Jennifer Bell was so sweet and comforting to us through the entire process. She explained everything before she started, and continued to remind me of what was happening and how everything was going. We talked about Sylvia and shared our stories with her. Dr. Bell has a wonderful energy and I appreciate her sharing it with us."

LiLi Carter
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Jessica gave our sweet Buddy the very best end of life care we could have ever hoped for. She explained in detail every step during the entire process and gave us as much time saying goodbye, as we needed!! She made his transition (and ours), alot easier on us, because she made it stress free for him!! We very highly recommend Lap of Love!!! Thank you once again Dr. Jessica for your professionalism, your care for our sweet Buddy, and your concern for us!!"

Deb Brown
Columbus, Ohio

"Wonderful people with such a soft spot in there heart. To help our babies go so peacefully is a wonderful gift!"

David Thompson
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr Nellie was very kind and compassionate. I felt comforted knowing that JayVyn was at rest and she would take gentle care of his remains. I appreciated the time I was given to spend with him at the end."


Columbus, Ohio

"Dr Nellie was so loving with Cecil. It was a very hard time for our family. Dr Nellie explained every step. She was very calm, gentle and compassionate. We are so thankful she was here to help Cecil cross the rainbow bridge."

Carol Geissler
Powell, 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
“💝🐁🌻🌺🌱💞
I said goodbye to this wonderful girl today. I'm heartbroken and I miss her so much.

She was a lady of many names, once known as Melisandre, others knew her as Stinkmeaner. She later assumed the name Sylvia Plath, but I believe she told me what her name had been all along- Roxy.

She was sweet, sassy, and sometimes sour. Because ...
LiLi Carter
July 26, 2020
“Our baby boy Tyson went to run with the Angels on July 16th. He was such a wonderful blessing from God to our family. Full of energetic spirit and happiness. Tyson loves to be loved. He loved to sleep in bed with any family member that would be in their bed any time day or night. I think sleeping was his favorite thing to do, besides give lots of ...
David Thompson
July 17, 2020
“A Poem for JayVyn

I’ll always reflect on the laughs and smiles
And not the pain you had in the end.
You were indeed a light in my life, my fur baby, and my best friend.
Our days when we danced and played, those were the best for me.
And now my heart just breaks in half because I have to set you free.
I’m so happy you chose our family, ...
July 15, 2020
“Cecil was adopted with his brother Cyrus from Cozy Cat cottage in Powell Ohio. He came from a litter of 7, tiniest kitten with a loud voice telling us “get me out of here”. That voice never changed. Cecil was vocal, especially in the morning. No need for an alarm clock. He told you when breakfast was to be served. Our first stop every morning ...
Carol Geissler
July 14, 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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