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.
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.
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
"We want to thank you for helping making a tragic event peaceful and beautiful. You have great energy, compassion, and intuition for this job. Thank you so much for helping our Mabel have such a loving passing. You’re in the right field!
All our love,
Cris and Mike Shaheen"
Cris ShaheenReynoldsburg, Ohio
"I wanted to thank all at Lap of Love for the way they offer their services in such a compassionate manner. Dr. Wilbers recently made a house call visit to "Mollie" Blackburn to allow the dog to gracefully exit life on this planet at the owner's home. The whole process of contacting Lap of Love and getting the visit scheduled quickly went smoothly. The visit at the owner's home was wonderfully conducted. The Blackburns were greatly impressed with the care that was given them and their dog during this stressful time. They specifically wanted to shout out to Dr. Nellie Wilbers for the empathy that she displayed. As a DVM, I also appreciated that you were able to provide such a needed service for clients in distress in their homes. This is a service that is becoming increasingly valued so that owners and pets can spend their last moments together in a familiar and comfortable setting. Thanks for what you do. Dennis Chew, DVM"
Dennis Chew, DVMColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Nellie was compassionate and wonderful at a very difficult time for our family. She made the process as soothing and comforting as possible, and we feel very lucky to have had her with us as we said goodbye to our sweet dachshund. Thank you Dr. Nellie for your warmth and love."
Margaux WalekoCOLUMBUS, Ohio
"I am not sure I even have the words to describe how lovely this experience was. After obsessively reading reviews. Talking with my family as well as our family vet, we chose this service for Zoe. She just was NOT a fan of going to the vet and I did NOT want that to be her last memories on earth.
From the moment she walked in my house I knew I had made the right decision. When I got down on the floor to sit with Zoe, she got down on the floor to sit with Zoe.
Zoe, who is not normally fond of strangers, gave a few barks then calmed right down and almost fell asleep. That's how soothing her presence was.
She never rushed us. She explained everything to us. Answered all our questions. Let us laugh. Let us cry. And when it was all over, she wrapped my baby with the same care I imagine she would have given her own fur babies.
All of this on a Sunday. Dr. Leslie gave up a Sunday with HER family to come assist mine. And that is priceless."
Dawn BiningerGroveport, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie was very compassionate and caring to Rosie and to us. Dr. Leslie was able to bring comfort to us on this very tough day. She helped us to create a memory of Rosie that we will never forget. She was able to help give Rosie a peaceful passing at home after a long battle with illness."
Andy HarperGrove City, Ohio
"Geo was a black Lab and a dear member of our family for seven years. When he was diagnosed with cancer we couldn't bear the thought of him being put to sleep in the cold confines of the emergency Vet clinic we visited.
We were able to bring him home to make him comfortable and with the help of Dr. Leslie, were able to let him go peacefully surrounded by the people that cared for him the most.
Dr. Leslie was wonderfully kind and patient as we shared our thoughts and feelings. She was able to make the experience the best it could be for Geo and his family.
This opportunity, to be at home and say our goodbyes was so important for us and while a difficult emotinal time, the team at Lap of Love took the anxiety away and made it an experience where we felt we were able to do that one last kindness to a dear member of our home.
I will always be grateful for Dr. Leslie and the kind way she treated my Beautiful Boy, Geo."
Paul BedellBaltimore, 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