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.
Leslie Peltier, DVM
I graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and started my career in small animal general practice. As my career developed I found the most wonderful part of my job was 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. 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 Zoey, of 15 years, became very ill overnight. By morning I knew it was time for us to part. She was my very first euthanasia as a doctor 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.
Most recently I lost my father after a 3 year battle with a 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, 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 avid Blue Jackets fans, crazy aunt and uncle to 5 nephews, all-weather outdoor adventurers, and Walt Disney World gurus. Please know it is my pleasure and 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.
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.
Leslie Peltier, DVM
"I am so thankful for Dr. Nellie. I feared that I couldn't make it through this time because of the overwhelming sadness, but Dr. Nellie was so kind, gentle, caring and compassionate that the end of my best friend's life felt natural and full of love."
Becky MilesDublin, Ohio
"Thank you, Dr. Leslie, for your compassionate and most love driven approach to a difficult job. Thank you for giving me time and space with Barney as we said goodbye to each other (for now). You provided an end of life ritual that honored my pet and made his passing special and sacred. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Blessings to you!"
Trish RileyColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Nellie Wilbers assisted us when Mr. Striper, our shelter cat, was nearing the end of his journey. Striper pasted away peacefully in his home without the stress of an office trip. Dr Wilbers made sure Striper was comfortable, and she comforted us. His passing was not a clinical event, but a loving good bye."
Lewis HornerColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie not only cared for Lovey, but also supportive of Steve and Jenny and Lovey's brother Thurston! Her medical care for Lovey and advice were invaluable and are what made Lovey's life so much better in the last months."
Jenny CamperColumbus, Ohio
"A Special Thanks to Lap of Love Pet Hospice and their wonderful staff and vets. I could not have thought of anything harder to do than to have to drag my Sheba into a facility basically to her death. Being at home in her favorite spot laying in a window overlooking the neighborhood that she loved to stroll through was a blessing. In life Sheba was a frequent visitor to Hospice Centers ... for family and friends throughout the cities of Dayton, Cincinnati Toledo & Columbus. It was a no-brainer that she be afforded the care of a Pet Hospice organization."
tony shawcolumbus, Ohio
"I admire what you do; dealing with grief and loss on a regular basis is not an easy thing. Dr. Leslie both professional and caring.
Lucy went to her family vet on Friday December 29th. We had thought her TTA surgeries were failing because she developed a limp and seemed to be in some pain. Our family vet immediately realized that Lucy was in a far dire situation and did x-rays. The diagnosis was not good, metastasized osteosarcoma. Pain meds were given with the thought that we only had at most 2 weeks. Lap of Love was excellent when I contacted them right after her diagnosis, as I had always known I could not bear taking her into an office where she always got nervous. I called a few times, moving up the day we would say goodbye to our sweet girl. After a bad night we knew waiting longer would only cause Lucy to suffer. She was released from her pain on December 31.
The loving sympathy and empathy that Leslie showed us during this tremendously difficult time is so greatly appreciated. Your help and advice was invaluable. Thank you for guiding me through what was a tragic loss in my life. Your kind words gave me courage to cope at what was the best decision for Lucy.
Words just don’t seem adequate to relay my thanks. Leslie’s kind words and thoughts will never be forgotten."
Melissa HolcombGroveport, 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