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 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.  

"Jennifer Bell impressed me with her professional aptitude as well as showing genuine warmth and emotional support for both myself and my dog ''Boo' in this unwanted but necessary procedure. I have NO hesitation in recommending her to friends who are faced with dealing with this difficult procedure."

charles wince
columbus, Ohio

"We're so thankful that we heard of Lap of Love in time for Angel's final day with us. The whole experience was very meaning and very personal. From the 1st call when I started bawling as soon as Jessica T answered the phone and gave me as much time as I needed. To Dr Jessica A getting to know our family and Angel upon arrival. She was very mindful of my husband not wanting to be in the room when any needles were out. Making sure we understood and were ready for each step of sending our sweet girl to heaven. She even hugged our daughter (angel's mommy) after she said her final goodbye to her fur baby before leaving with Angel's body. This is an amazing company for such a hard time.

Thank you, The Roe Family"

Ken, Kathy and Kirsten Roe
Galloway, Ohio

"We feel fortunate that Dr. Jessica was with us during this difficult time. She was so wonderful to Rudy, her kindness and thoughtfulness meant so much to my husband and I.

Dr. Jessica is a very special person and will always have a special place in my heart."

Kim & Rick Hauser
Gahanna, Ohio

"After learning about Lap of Love through a coworker, we contacted Lap of Love to assist with our Old Man Marley. Dr. Jessica was a calm, reassuring, and kind presence during our final goodbye to our beloved Marley. She was caring and compassionate while talking us through the procedure and gave us the time and space to say goodbye. Allowing Marley to pass with his loving family, in the comfort of his home meant the world to us and we cannot thank you enough. Dr. Jessica followed up with us offering comfort and love with kind words that meant so much to us. Although it was a terribly difficult decision to make, Dr Jessica helped us understand we were making the right choice for our boy and was respectful and caring towards the whole family.

We highly recommend Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love!"

Kara Beckner-Evans
Columbus, Ohio

"We contacted Lap of Love Sunday morning 12/29/19. Dr Jennifer Bell arrived within just a few hours to help us through the painful process of euthanizing our beloved dog, Elvis. The compassion and professionalism from Dr. Jennifer was heartwarming. It was obvious Dr. Jennifer felt our pain the minute she stepped into our home. She explained every step of the euthanasia process with us before starting,. We just can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. Jennifer helping us through this difficult time. Dr Jennifer and this organization made it so peaceful for not only us but Elvis as well. Elvis was a 100lb Redbone Coonhound/Mastiff. His size and deteriorating condition would have made it extremely stressful for him and us to get him to our veterinarian’s office. After, Elvis was at peace . Thank you Dr. Jennifer and Lap of Love."

John and Kandy Audet
Bexley, Ohio

"I've struggled to be able to post a review, the pain is still so raw. However, I felt strongly that I needed to speak to the amazing services that Dr. Jessica provided not only to Precious, but to me. Dr. Jessica softly explained everything involved in transitioning Precious to her next playground. She allowed me the time to feed Precious her favorite treats and gave me time to recall my memories of her life. Never once was I rushed. Never once was the process rushed. Dr. Jessica sought permission before advancing to each next step. Precious died peacefully in my arms while I spoke words of love. That was invaluable to me. Once Precious had transitioned I was given time with her. Time for that last hug. Time for that last pet. Time for my final words of love. Time for my final goodbye. I am beyond grateful to Dr. Jessica. She displayed such compassion. As a former hospice nurse I was impressed by her ability make the most difficult decision bearable. I'll forever remember her soft, understanding manner."

Dawn Henslee
Reynoldsburg, 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
“Angel you were such a sweet and lovable girl. We were so blessed to have 12 wonderful years with you. You are missed so much already. It's so quiet not hearing the tags on your collar and your nails on the floor as you walked through the house. Not being greeted at the door as we come home. Your nose art still on the back door, where you loved to ...
Ken, Kathy and Kirsten Roe
January 21, 2020
“Although I know we are fortunate to have Rudy in our lives for almost 18 years, and his brother for 16 years, it still didn’t seem like enough time. Rudy brought so much love and joy to our family, our house seems too quiet and sad without him.”
Kim & Rick Hauser
January 20, 2020
“Thursday afternoon, my baby girl Kiki, passed away peacefully in my arms. She was a great furry companion, always greeting me at the door, showing me her empty food bowl, sassing back to me when she got into trouble, snuggling with me, helping me stretch after a run, scaring my brother, etc. I have so many wonderful memories of Kiki, which makes ...
Lynne Martz
January 6, 2020
“Sousa was a one of a kind cat: snuggle, charming, soft, and always wanting to be up in your business. He would greet me when I got home from work, peeping in his little voice and jumping into my arms to be held and kissed, and would snuggle up into my arms when it was bed time. He had the softest fur, and didn't mind one bit if you rubbed his ...
Anya Greenslade
December 16, 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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