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.
There may be a fee if addtional 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.
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
"I am so glad we found your organization. You have truly found your mission in life, and your services made an otherwise awful event an extremely peaceful one.
The Oney Family"
"I didn't know what to do. Our poor Libby hadn't eaten or drank for over a day. I called Lap of Love Saturday evening and Dr. Leslie could come on Sunday. A Sunday. What a God send. She was at our house for 2 hours talking to us reassuring us it will be ok and that we were doing the right thing. Libby just laid comfortably in her own surroundings peaceful and calm. I will recommend Dr. Leslie to everyone who wants to just cuddle up with their pet till the very end. Thank you Dr. Leslie you made it so much easier for us."
Cindy Grinstead-GlickGalloway, Ohio
"I could not have chosen a better vet to help us say goodbye to Moses than Dr. Leslie. She was not only kind and empathetic, she made us feel comfortable in sharing our love for our pet. Our tears were welcomed and her kind follow-up emails and words were so appreciated.
If you have a pet who doesn't care for Dr's offices and you want to have a beautiful goodbye, I recommend allowing Dr. Leslie to help you in these last, beautiful moments."
K GillenwaterColumbus, Ohio
"Blessed we were to have Dr. Leslie come to our home. She was met w/ such love from our pack at the door. That's when I knew we had made the right decision and God picked the right Dr. too
Thank you Dr. Leslie, what y'all do is a God send. God Bless y'all for what you do for all of us and our packs and herds!!"
Sheri MountColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Nellie made this incredibly difficult time bearable. We thank you for the gentleness with which you enabled Arizona to cross the rainbow bridge. Thank you for giving us the time and space to say goodbye and to let go."
Evangeline BaronDublin, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie, I want to thank you for providing such amazing support and love to strangers. You turned a horrific and terrifying experience into something beautiful and peaceful. You have an amazing gift to share with the world. I’m happy that you were the one to help my baby bear be relieved from the pain he was in. I’ll forever hold you in my heart.
Meghan KarrabaBlacklick, 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.
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 344Worthington, OH 43085
The Columbus Dispatch: Hospice Veterinarians Help Owners Anticipate Pet's Passing