Columbus and 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 your home or work.
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 buried near the crematory.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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!
I graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and started my career in small animal general practice with a love for surgery, dentistry, dermatology, and furry gray faces. As my career developed, I found I loved connecting with the entire family in my exam room. Helping owners understand the different ailments their pets are facing and what we, as a team, can do to make life better or more comfortable is the very best part of my job as a veterinarian. I never want a client to feel overwhelmed, confused, rushed, or pressured. It is important that they understand all the factors at hand and make informed choices for their loved one.
Immediately after graduating veterinary school, my personal dog of 15 years, Zoey, became very ill overnight. By morning, I knew it was time for us to part. She was my first euthanasia as a veterinarian and I will be forever grateful to her for that gift. Right there in the comfort of our home, we laid nose to nose and said goodbye peacefully. No difficult car ride. No scary vet visit. It was eye-opening.
In January 2016, I lost my father after a 3 year battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. His desire was to pass away at home surrounded by his family. And that is exactly how it happened with the help of hospice. I read several books during his final weeks and one written by a collection of hospice nurses called “Final Gifts” stuck with me. A nurse noted that prior to modern medicine, birth and death took place in the home. They were normal life events that the entire family was involved with. This notion shifted my thinking. So with enormous gratitude, I thank my father, human hospice and my dog, Zoey, for sending me on my path to Lap of Love.
I currently live in central Columbus with my husband, Daniel, and our two dogs, Gunnar and Lola. We are the crazy aunt and uncle to 5 nephews and 1 niece, traveling adventurers, avid Blue Jackets fans, Disney gurus, and enthusiasts of all things Tiki.
Please know it is my sincere honor to travel anywhere in the central Ohio area to assist you and your family as you face this most difficult part of your pet's journey.
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. 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 pit bull Mars, Golden Retriever Moksha, sibling cats Elliot and Arya, and the Koi and Shubunkin fish in my pond. I also enjoy yoga, permaculture gardening, ballroom dancing, knitting, 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.
Leslie Peltier, DVM
"Dr. Nellie was awesome she was so kind and loving and tested my Bentli as if she knew him forever. She really helped us and Bentli during this most difficult time. She truly was the Angel sent to help take Bentli home."
Pam GuyerLondon, Ohio
"We had a wonderful experience with Dr. Nellie. We had used Lap of Love before and knew the great service we could expect. Dr. Nellie took her time and there was no rush for us. She shared her expertise and good care and helped make such a sad experience be one of love and care for our Thurston."
Jenny CamperColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Nellie was so kind and considerate and treated Shelby with patient care. We were lucky to have her by Shelby's side to transition her with so much love and respect."
Carlos RiveraGahanna, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie was patient, thoughtful, and warm. She was a great support before, during, and after I said goodbye to Dunkin. Here grace and professionalism were much appreciated."
Jessica CislerGahanna, Ohio
"Our cat Cheetah, 19 years old (the perfect cat) had a stomach tumor and his quality of life was rapidly declining.
Dr. Wilbers was quite compassionate and respectful in Cheetah's last minutes.
The process went exactly as planned - no anxiety or pain, just a peaceful passing.
I could not be more pleased with the services we received today."
Cheetah TugendDublin, Ohio
"This is my first time ever having to make a tough call. And when I say a tough call, I mean, having an elderly dog get randomly sick thinking it’s a chest cold, only to find out he had an internal mass taking up so much space from his esophagus to his stomach. Causing issues from swallowing, eating, speaking, to breathing. Completely out of nowhere, unexpected, and hitting me like a semi truck.
Given the prognosis, Myles Davis was given anywhere from a few weeks if not months.
And sadly, Myles Davis... he didn’t last a full week.
Things were looking up, until they weren’t.
I had absolutely NO idea what I was going to do, I couldn’t get him to walk on his own from the couch to get water or from the house to outside to go potty, let alone get him in a car to take him to some place he doesn’t know, that is scary, that he would feel anxious or scared about.
And then, a friend told me about Dr. Nellie; and how she would come to Myles, to his home, to where he is comfortable.
There was an appointment made, and then deciding after it was made, that maybe Myles & I would want more time together, so Dr. Nellie gave us that time, pushing things later than probably allowed or necessary to some. But, Dr. Nellie doesn’t do this for a job, she does it for allowing the love between an owner and their animal to have the time they need, and to be comfortable to make the decision that it’s time, the right time, their time.
Dr. Nellie came to me, to Myles Davis, to our home, and showed up, not as a Vet to do their job and leave, but as a human, with emotion, and understanding.
Dr. Nellie came in and was accepting of the fact that when she arrived that Myles Davis was outside, playing ball with his siblings and his favorite humans, and did not rush us, or Myles. And allowed Myles Davis to make the call of when he was tired, and ready to come back inside and start the process.
At that time, Dr. Nellie didn’t rush us to start, she took the time to meet Myles Davis, play with him, pet him, and get to know him as much as she could in that short amount of time. And when I was ready, she continued to give Myles Davis affection and attention while explaining the process to me, allowing me to take in the information she was presenting me with, while distracting Myles Davis from my emotional reaction. (Which, to me is amazing, and very important because Myles was always aware and very in tuned with my emotions). Once I was ready, Dr. Nellie allowed me to find a spot that not only I would be comfortable, but where Myles Davis was comfortable. Once that position was found, she did not initiate or ask if I was ready, she waited until I told her that WE were ready for the first step.
After the first step, and Myles Davis was asleep, she allowed me the time to laugh at the fact that Myles was snoring, and allowed not only me, but my close friends and family to tell stories about his snores and grunts that he makes while asleep. And again, with out pushing, pressing, acting, or initiating the second step, she waited, and allowed ME to tell her when I was ready to let go, and gosh, it wasn’t long enough, but it was slowest forever I could ask for.
Once I told Dr. Nellie I was ready she explained and talked me through each step as she was going through it, and Dr. Nellie did not start administering the final medicine until I gave her the final OK.
I admit, that while it was happening, I freaked out, I wanted to change my mind, I wanted to stop it. My family was there to calm me down, but I also had Dr. Nellie's compassion and comforting words to help me through all of it,
It was the right call, and she was the right person for it, and I will never be able to thank her enough for what she did for me, and Myles Davis, ever."
Kristiana SaundersColumbus, Ohio
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Restore Counseling, Worthington
MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington
Directions Counseling Group, Columbus
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center - Main Campus Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Dublin
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 - $75 based on your location.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 344Worthington, OH 43085
The Columbus Dispatch: Hospice Veterinarians Help Owners Anticipate Pet's Passing