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.

"Dr. Leslie made the most difficult decision easier by being there. She had a very calming influence on Matisse and my other pets. She explained everything that would happen and gave me the time I needed to adjust to each step. We were able to be outside where my boy loved to be. I could not have asked for more. Thank you, Dr. Leslie."

Lori Schwartzkopf
Reynoldsburg, Ohio

"We are quite simply amazed and humbled for the care and compassion that both Dr. Nellie Wilbers and Dr. Leslie Peltier shared with us during this difficult time.

We were referred to "Lap of Love" through several local rescue groups. We are so thankful that Dr. Wilbers and Dr. Peltier were there for us, guiding us through the process. Because of them, we feel Ringo was in the best of care and that we made the right decisions at the right time for Ringo.

Many many "thank you's" and a big hug to Dr Wilbers and Dr Peltier for your support, care and expertise with Ringo."


Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you Dr. Nellie. We were referred to your service by our Vet and we didn't know what to expect. This added to our anxiety about putting Riley to sleep. As soon as we met you we couldn't have asked for a more caring and understanding person and that helped lessen our anxiety about the whole process. We can't thank you enough for making this very difficult process as soothing and comforting as possible for our family. I am glad we called and you were able to make the process as painless as possible for Riley (he deserved that at the very least). Thank you for honoring Riley's 17 years with us with a respectful and thoughtful process that kept him at home with us. Attached is a picture of Riley in his glory days. He taught us how to love more and will always be part of our family. We were blessed he came into our lives, blessed for the wonderful memories and are better people because he was part of our family."

Anthony and Kelly Catipon
Marysville, Ohio

"Dr. Leslie has helped us with multiple pets to pass peacefully. God bless her for her unique service and loving heart."

Leslie Boggs
Columbus, Ohio

"I’m so grateful to this service and to Dr. Leslie. She was so gentle and sweet. I was so comforted that my dog could pass away at home in peace . Thank you so much for making this awful experience a little bit better."

Kathleen hernandez
plain city, Ohio

"Dr. Leslie was an angel I didn’t know I needed in my life, but thank god she was there. I couldn’t have put my precious pup down without her support. She was so kind and genuine and takes her job to heart. Many many thanks."

Sheree Evans
Columbus, 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
“I will miss you my dear, sweet boy. Thank you for helping me garden all these years. You made it more fun. Thank you for being such a good kitty. I will miss your big meow and your big feets and the way your head tilted when you looked at me. You gave great hugs too. Thank you for showing up at my house that one day and staying with me until the ...
Lori Schwartzkopf
April 19, 2019
“Ringo, we are so grateful for the time we had with you. May you be running free and healthy now, on the other side of the bridge!”
April 9, 2019
“We miss you Sunny Sunshine...”
Leslie Boggs
March 31, 2019
“The best baby girl and best friend anyone could ask for. There will never be another to match her and I’m ever grateful to have been her momma.”
Sheree Evans
March 24, 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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