PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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. 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

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.  

"Lap of Love is fantastic. The experience was painful for our family, but our sweet girl crossed the bridge surrounded by love at home. Vet Jessica was compassionate, respectful and patient. She gave our girl lots of pets and treats before the procedure to put her, and us at ease. Happy hunting sweet Hayley. You were loved and will be greatly missed."

Michele Wagner
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr Nellie was absolutely amazing with our family and our precious black lab, Sydney. It was a family affair in every way and my husband and I were so impressed how she helped us and our kids through the process. We are so thankful for her."

Taryn Gehlert
Columbus, Ohio

"Thanks so much, Dr. Jennifer. Your kindness, expertise, and compassion made all the difference in the world for us during this difficult, sad, emotional time for us."

Heidi Dugger
Columbus, Ohio

"Dr. Arth, and all of the staff that I spoke with were so kind, compassionate and professional. It gave us comfort in an incredibly hard time, and gave Pilgrim the best care and passing possible. We are very grateful."


Columbus, Ohio

"Our 15yr old Aussie/Border Collie mix Jake had occasional seizures throughout his long, happy life. He had a seizure on Tuesday afternoon, this one was different but he seemed to recover ok. On Wednesday morning, after a long night of him pacing and circling, he couldn’t get his legs under him and was having neurological symptoms. I called my regular vet and she was out of office, we were referred to Lap Of Love. I can not express my gratitude for Doctor Jen, she was at our home within a few hours and showed such compassion for my old guy and for me. She confirmed what I already knew, so kind and understanding. Doc Jen helped Jake, the boy who helped me raise our kids and helped me adjust to my empty nest. She is an angel and I am so grateful for her kind heart. Thank you for making a very difficult day a little easier and for taking the time to allow his cat buddy to have a moment as well. And for listening to my stories about his life during our short time together. Thank you for being there for us, not just medically but emotionally as well. You are all doing a wonderful thing for those of who love our pets🐾"

Amy Ramey
Centerburg, Ohio

"This was one of the toughest decisions we have ever had to make. Laps of Love made this transition as easy as could be expected. The compassion and professionalism Dr. Wilbers demonstrated helped with the many tears shed. She was calming and extremely understanding in such a stressful situation. I cannot thank Dr. Wilbers and Laps of Love enough for allowing Maggie the opportunity to pass peacefully in her bed, her home, and surrounded by her humans. Thank you."

Andrea Hecker
Ostrander, 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 - $75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Sweet Syd, oh how I wish we could share the next 14 years together as we’ve share the last 14. You loved us so well and we are forever grateful for your kisses and protection and companionship. It’s only been a few hours and our home seems empty without you here... (that’s really saying something). We hope you are chasing squirrels, saying hello ...
Taryn Gehlert
November 13, 2019
“We want to thank Dr. Jennifer (Bell) for coming to our home and offering such compassionate care for our Cody. During this difficult time in our lives, it was a blessing to say farewell in our home, in his familiar surroundings, and among family who loved him so dearly. We are grateful for all the extra touches, his paw, his fur, and your ...
Heidi Dugger
October 30, 2019
“Feeling desolate – Pilgrim is gone. My loving, quirky, beloved kitty-companion of 13 years is dead. And I am devastated and lost.

Who will greet me at the door every time I come home? Who will point out the cricket that has gotten in the house, and then look peeved when I take it away from her so she won’t eat it? Who will poke Kriss in the ...
October 29, 2019
“Life will never be the same without your love and protection.”
Marlanna Hughes
September 26, 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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