Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

Euthanasia$300

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$265
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$310
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$165
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$195
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$210
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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. 

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

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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Leslie

Leslie Peltier, DVM

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.

Dr. Nellie

Nellie Wilbers, DVM

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.

About Leslie Peltier, DVM

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.

"Thank you Dr. Leslie for helping our Mack pass peacefully at home in his bed surrounded by his family and lots of love. Knowing that he gained his wings in peace and without fear is so very comforting to us."

Tammy Miller
Lockbourne, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was, simply put, phenomenal. She arrived through six inches of heavy snow to help my beloved boy cross over. Her knowledge of just what my boy was thinking and feeling (osteosarcoma) was as equally impressive as her compassion for my family and what we were feeling.

Ope was my "first" dog, naturally this process was scary to me, Dr. Nellie alleviated all those concerns immediately. She explained just how the steps would go and never rushed me in my decision. She is obviously a very special person as Ope laid his head in her lap the second she sat down (I am biased). In the time we had with Dr. Nellie she really showed a distinct care and love for my guy that made this transition a more peaceful experience than I could have ever imagined. For that, Dr. Nellie will always be special to me.

Also, she is strong, she can lift a 170 pound mastiff."

Blake Ives
Hilliard, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was very caring and sweet with our Baby Boy. All I wanted for my buddy was for his last moments to be stress free and comfortable surrounded by his family (and a couple more bites of food for the road), and I think we got to give him all of that. Thank you for everything."

Barbara Benas
Columbus, Ohio

"It has taken me a few weeks but I didn't want to let too much time pass and not write a review. I am so grateful that I found out about Lap of Love. My vet had come to my house when I lost my first cat and I didn't know if that would be possible this time. As it turned out, the vet recommended Lap of Love to me. What a godsend! The person who took my information over the phone was so compassionate and helpful. I was able to schedule the day I called which was a relief because my greatest fear was having my sweet kitty Tina suffer any longer. I started crying as soon as Dr. Nellie walked in the door and she immediately gave me a hug. As we were sitting with Tina, we talked about the story of how I came to adopt Tina and the happy memories I had of my life with her. Dr. Nellie let me take my time about everything and talked me through each step. I was so happy to have Tina pass in her own home surrounded by love. Dr. Nellie followed up with me several times via e-mail to check on how I was doing. She is obviously a very kindhearted and empathetic person - very professional as well. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is going through this toughest of times with a pet. My profound thanks to them for being there when I needed them!"

Nancy Hile
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Leslie was amazing. She is a truly wonderful caring person. She made a terrible situation as loving, warm , and easy as possible. We are truly grateful for her and Lap of Love.

Thank you!!!"

Brittany Djoice
Columbus, Ohio

"We are extremely grateful for the services Dr. Nellie provided during a very difficult time. Pearl was in obvious distress, and we didn’t want her to suffer any longer. Dr. Nellie arrived the same evening that I made the phone call. She was empathetic, patient, and understanding. She explained everything she was doing, and helped us feel at peace with our decision."

Yasmin Martini
Hilliard, Ohio

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (614) 354-6962

Restore Counseling, Worthington

  (614) 846-5800

MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington

  (614) 888-9200

Directions Counseling Group, Columbus

  (614) 292-3551

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

  (614) 889-8070

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Dublin

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 - $75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Mack was a supersized dog that brought supersized joy and memories into our lives. He loved his family as much as we loved him. His passing has left a hole in our hearts as big as he was He is and always will be missed. There will never be another Mackie he was a special gift that we were lucky to have as long as we did.”
Tammy Miller
February 10, 2019
“Big ups to the best kitty to ever live. I'll never forget you Buddy.”
Barbara Benas
February 5, 2019
“Corona was a sweet, gentle no fuss kind of girl. She was the sweetest pet anyone could ask for. We miss you cron-don and are so happy to have known you!!”
Brittany Djoice
January 28, 2019
“Pearl, you were a handful to raise, but what joy you brought into our lives! You were our first “child,” and taught us much about responsibility and unconditional love. You forced us to get outside daily (even during blizzards) and enjoy nature. During our hikes, you would wait for the last person to catch up before you forged ahead. You had such ...
Yasmin Martini
January 27, 2019
Payment Options

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. 

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P.O. Box 344
Worthington, OH 43085

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