PRICING AND INFORMATION


APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$315

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$415

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.

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 Eve, 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 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$265
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$310
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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 150 - 200 pounds$225

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, 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 Columbus, I always had an affinity towards animals but I didn’t pursue veterinary medicine first.  I attended The Ohio State University, where I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working with home health and senior services, so 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 always there in the back of my mind.  The first thing I did when moved away from home was to adopt my first cat, Honey.  My family continued to grow when my husband and I added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my veterinary interest.  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 some practices that gave me to opportunity to offer euthanasia services in the home.  I was grateful when I could offer these services, as I could see how beneficial it was for my patient and their family. Personally, I have also had to make that final decision for my 3 pets.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand; who allowed me to be present for each goodbye. I am honored to be part of the Lap of Love team. I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pets to share those last moments peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by love. 

Our family now consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs, Tyde, a puggle, and Chaos, a pug (both rescues who came to us already named).  When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with ALL my boys and following them with their various activities.  I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid fan of music, and have a love of hockey.  I even played a bit of ice hockey while at school on the intramural vet school hockey team.  

Dr. Nellie

Nellie Wilbers

About Jennifer Bell

As a young child growing up in Columbus, I always had an affinity towards animals but I didn’t pursue veterinary medicine first.  I attended The Ohio State University, where I earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Social Work.  As a medical social worker, this is where I was first introduced to Hospice.  I also spent part of my career working with home health and senior services, so 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 always there in the back of my mind.  The first thing I did when moved away from home was to adopt my first cat, Honey.  My family continued to grow when my husband and I added 2 pug puppies to the mix, Hannah and Hallie.  Raising and training two small puppies rekindled my veterinary interest.  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 some practices that gave me to opportunity to offer euthanasia services in the home.  I was grateful when I could offer these services, as I could see how beneficial it was for my patient and their family. Personally, I have also had to make that final decision for my 3 pets.  Each goodbye was different.  Each goodbye was hard.  Each goodbye was peaceful.  I was so thankful for the veterinarians that held my hand; who allowed me to be present for each goodbye. I am honored to be part of the Lap of Love team. I truly feel the greatest gift I can give in my profession is to allow you and your beloved pets to share those last moments peacefully, in a place your pet feels safe and secure, surrounded by love. 

Our family now consists of my husband, our 2 sons and our 2 dogs, Tyde, a puggle, and Chaos, a pug (both rescues who came to us already named).  When I’m not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with ALL my boys and following them with their various activities.  I also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, am an avid fan of music, and have a love of hockey.  I even played a bit of ice hockey while at school on the intramural vet school hockey team.  

"Dr. Jennifer and the Lap of Love team were so amazing. We were agonizing over this decision and they were so sweet to be understanding as we changed our course of action a few times. They were there for us exactly when we needed them to be and I am so thankful for that. Dr. Jennifer was so compassionate and we couldn't think of a sweeter goodbye than keeping our boy comfortable and in our arms as he went toward the rainbow bridge. I will forever be grateful for this service that allowed me to be with my dog in his last moments on this earth."

Kristin Ewig
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Bell's warmth and kindness during the process meant the world to us, and we are grateful to have been able to do that in our home. She was a tremendous gift to us at a very difficult time. We're so grateful that she (and others in this organization) choose to do this work. Dr. Bell has a natural talent for providing comfort, and we're so appreciative for her help with our sweet Leroy."

Rebecca N
Columbus, Ohio

"My husband said it best when he said, 'He would never do it another way again." The amount of peace that my family felt even in the midst of the grief of knowing that our pet was at home when she passed made it worth every single penny. The doctor was so kind and patient, going by our timeline, and not a clock. She made the atmosphere of a very painful decision the best that it could be. We are forever thankful that Lap of Love exists and so grateful for Dr. Nellie."

Christine Walton
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was such a wonderful presence, and exactly what we needed to help us through this difficult time. She took her time, knew exactly what to say and do, and did not hurry us along as we said our farewells to our beloved girl, Chogie.

Thank you Dr. Nellie and Lap of Love for all that you do!"

Shenan and Chris Smith
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was such a compassionate presence in our home during Ollie’s last moments. She allowed my daughters to participate as they wished every step of the way and ensured a peaceful and beautiful passing. We highly recommend Dr. Nellie."

Katie Kamradt
Worthington, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie made one of the most painful days of our life a little bit easier with her unmatched compassion and level of care. She answered questions, comforted us, and listened to endless stories about our little love, Church. We were given as much time as needed to say goodbye, which meant so much. We'll never be able to thank her enough for being there for us and for Church that day."

Callie Castleberry & Jeremy Lester
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


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
“Beanie,
You were the most perfect pug companion and loved by so many. We are so thankful to have had 12 sweet years with you. You completed our family, and life will not be the same without you in it. I will miss your cuddles and head tilts the most. I love you so much buddy!! Rest easy my bubba.”
Kristin Ewig
August 21, 2019
“Our sweet Leroy left us recently after 7 yrs with our family. He was the happiest, most content soul we've ever met. He developed a strong bond with our other dog, and made every day with us brighter. We will forever miss his sweet temperament.”
Rebecca N
August 16, 2019
“To our girl, Harley Rose...

You gave us way more than we could ever have given you, We cherish so many memories. You are loved and missed.”
Christine Walton
August 14, 2019
“You taught us more than we could have ever hoped to have learned from a dog, Chogie. The 16 years you were with us were such a gift! Run free sweet Momma. We hope you're no longer in pain and reunited with your sons across rainbow bridge.”
Shenan and Chris Smith
August 12, 2019
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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