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.

 

"Thank you so much to Dr. Jessica for such a kind, peaceful experience for my sweet boy Justice. I’m am forever grateful to have been able to have my boy at home during this time."

Allison Kelly
Columbus, Ohio

"Our dog, Paisley, was suffering from liver disease. Treatment options had ran out but her disease continued to worsen. We were in the incredibly hard position of watching her suffer and knew we had to make a decision - the hardest decision we've had to make. Our primary veterinarian would not allow us to be with her during euthanasia due to COVID and provided us with the contact information for Lap of Love. After 8 years, we knew that we needed to be with her at the time of her passing, so we opted for Lap of Love and we are so glad we did. It was extremely comforting for both us and Paisley for her to pass surrounded by her family, in her home, on her favorite blanket. The care from Dr. Ryan was fantastic and we had plenty of time to say goodbye and allow our other dog to see her. In the future, with or without COVID, we would do this again. After this experience, I feel that there is no other option but in home euthanasia. The passing of a pet is always going to be hard, but this did make the grieving process more complete and real. We thank you for the passionate care and understanding of our position. We highly recommend!"

Brandon Schoborg
Pickerington, Ohio

"My sweet 17 year old husky Lexi lived a great life and in the end Dr. Jennifer made the worst situation one of my fondest memories. Thank you so much for being so sweet and loving my Lexi that day. She loved the brownies too! Thank you again for what you do. ❤️"

Lynn Talbott
Hilliard, Ohio

"Harley was a 17/18 year old silky terrier who dealt with serious stomach issues most of his life. He was always the life of the party, but recently declined both mentally and physically and the option of taking him to the vet was out of the question. We were happy to find Lap of Love and after making the hard decision we scheduled an appointment. Within a day Harley got worse and I called to move the appointment up. Without any problem they rescheduled for the same day. Harley loved birthdays because he knew he got cake so we celebrated his life with throwing him a special birthday party. Later that day Dr. Jessica came and we said our goodbyes. She was incredible in making it as easy as it could be. She took her time with Harley and with us. She didn't make us feel like we were rushed. She showed attention to our other little dog Gracie and made sure she was involved in Harleys passing. We are very grateful to Lap of Love for the care and compassion shown from the first phone call made to Nicole, the second to Donna and of course to Dr. Jessica. I hope we won't need their services again for a long time but we would not hesitate to call on the again or refer others to them.

THANK YOU for being there for Harley."

Tami Turner
LEWIS CENTER, Ohio

"Our Hana was 13 years old and had been a much-loved family member since she was six-weeks old. She had several conditions that meant her time was nearing. She took a very sudden turn on a Monday night. We knew upon waking Tuesday that it was her time. We were determined that she would not suffer. We wanted her to be as peaceful and comfortable as possible, with the same smile on her face she always had.

We wanted her regular vet to be be the one, but we couldn't wait. They referred us to LOL, and I'm so glad. We didn't have the stress of moving her as she had lost the use of her back legs. She got to enjoy all the Lucky Charms she could hold (including the marshmallows!) and be cuddled both of us right in our floor. When Dr Jennifer Bell arrived, she was so calm and quiet and respectful. She didn't rush and allowed us the time we needed to love her right until her last breath. I felt a little bad afterwards because I was so focused on Hana. I wasn't the best hostess, but I suspect she understands.

It was so very hard to let her go, and Lap of Love made it as easy as it could have possibly been. Dr. Bell's calm, empathetic presence in our home made it ok. We made the best decision for Hana that we could, and acted on it in the most loving way possible.

I would not hesitate to call again if I needed her services. She made a terrible situation just a little better and easier."

Noelle Vallance
Gahanna, Ohio

"My husband and I had to make the tough call to say goodbye to our beautiful dog recently. We knew that it was time and that it was the best, most humane thing to do for her but it was still such a hard decision to have to make. She had been my husband's best friend for over 12 years and when I met them both a few years ago, I grew to love her too. As most dog owners know, the pets we love are family members and just the thought of not having them around everyday can be heartbreaking. Our dog, Squeegy, was never really a fan of strangers or vets so as we could see the end approaching, the thought of having to take her to a clinic for her final moments was devastating. We heard about Lap of Love through my sister-in-law who is a vet tech and immediately knew that it was going to be the perfect option for our pet and for our family. Every single person that we interacted with at Lap of Love, throughout the entire process, was helpful, kind and sensitive to what we were going through. They did a great job of answering all of our questions but since this was not something we'd ever done before, we were anxious and not completely sure of what to expect. We quickly found out that we had nothing to worry about. Dr. Ryan is a saint! The minute he walked into our home, we felt a level of comfort that we were not expecting. He was the perfect person to be there with us for Squeegy's last moments. He was calm and patient and he walked us through everything that was going to happen. He was extremely professional and yet still personable, friendly, and warm. He helped make a sad situation just a little bit better because he helped give our girl a peaceful sendoff. Saying thank you doesn't feel like enough; we will be forever grateful for him and for Lap of Love!"

Marley Krivchenia
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
“Jess defined "mans best friend". She was always with me, always willing to play with a ball or any toy. She never seemed to tire from any activity - a lot of energy. Loved to go for a ride in the car. I will miss her for the rest of my life. Dobermans are a special breed that get into your heart and mind - they are fantastic protectors of their ...
Tom Nelson
October 4, 2020
“On Saturday, August 22nd, we said goodbye to one of our precious fur kids. Emmett passed away after a short bout with cancer. He died, as he lived, on his terms, in the comfort of his backyard, with the shade of the sunflowers swaying in a gentle breeze. Emmett was the co-owner of his own doggie daycare, where he never hesitated to voice his ...
Cathy Simonton
September 27, 2020
“Rocky was our constant in 15 years of change. Our golden retriever, Rocky moved with us from PA to WA to OH to FL. His loyalty and unconditional love was overwhelming. He watched our boys turn into adults and was a watchful eye over their children. His passing leaves a very large hole in our world and we miss him terribly. We thank God we ...
Debby LaRocco
September 19, 2020
“We miss our sweet Madie Moo who blessed our lives for 15 1/2 years. We loved you every day and will miss you every day forward. You brought us so much joy and happiness and we hope we did the same for you. Rest In Peace our sweet girl. We love you.
-Todd & Shelby”
Todd & Shelby Warner
September 17, 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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