Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

Euthanasia$300

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 scattered by a lake on private property. 

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.

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. Nellie

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.

About 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.

"A friend hired Lap of Love to peacefully guide her cat toward the Rainbow Bridge. When our beloved Ben, a 16-year-old border collie & German shepherd mix was experiencing immobilizing rear leg failure, incontinence, and partial blindness, we called Lap of Love to help him transition peacefully. Dr. Nellie was curious in her questions, caring in her responses, and thorough in her follow through. Dr. Nellie came to us on a sunny Sunday afternoon, sat with us on our grass yard, fed to Ben some tasty treats he'd never before enjoyed, and transitioned him beautifully and peacefully into the Beyond while my family and I held him, comforted him and ourselves, and pet him as he enjoyed sunlight and breezes while he slowly fell to sleep. Dr. Nellie didn't bring the perfect weather, but she did accommodate our setting (at our home, on a Sunday), she communicated carefully and set expectations precisely, and she was a wonderful guest and guide for the occasion. For Ben and for my family, I'm so happy to have found Dr. Nellie."

Matt Stevens
Powell, Ohio

"Our angel, I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Nellie. God sent you to us on the hardest day of the year for us, you will also be in our hearts and mind, thank you. Lap of Love is an amazing resource we are very fortunate we were given the information."

Jeanna Davis
Reynoldsburg, Ohio

"We are quite simply amazed and humbled for the care and compassion that both Dr. Nellie Wilbers and Dr. Leslie Peltier shared with us during this difficult time.

We were referred to "Lap of Love" through several local rescue groups. We are so thankful that Dr. Wilbers and Dr. Peltier were there for us, guiding us through the process. Because of them, we feel Ringo was in the best of care and that we made the right decisions at the right time for Ringo.

Many many "thank you's" and a big hug to Dr Wilbers and Dr Peltier for your support, care and expertise with Ringo."


Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you Dr. Nellie. We were referred to your service by our Vet and we didn't know what to expect. This added to our anxiety about putting Riley to sleep. As soon as we met you we couldn't have asked for a more caring and understanding person and that helped lessen our anxiety about the whole process. We can't thank you enough for making this very difficult process as soothing and comforting as possible for our family. I am glad we called and you were able to make the process as painless as possible for Riley (he deserved that at the very least). Thank you for honoring Riley's 17 years with us with a respectful and thoughtful process that kept him at home with us. Attached is a picture of Riley in his glory days. He taught us how to love more and will always be part of our family. We were blessed he came into our lives, blessed for the wonderful memories and are better people because he was part of our family."

Anthony and Kelly Catipon
Marysville, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was kind, gentle, caring, soft-spoken...everything we could have wished for at this most difficult time. It was like she was heaven-sent for our little Oscar to guide and help him pass from his life of pain to all the loving arms that were waiting for him on the other side of the rainbow."

Vickie Hutchins
Delaware, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was absolutely amazing! She was able to reassure me that I was making the right decision, and was very gracious and kind during the whole process. I really appreciated that she was flexible and willing to complete the process in the backyard, my dog's favorite place to be and final resting place. Dr. Nellie, I can't thank you enough for making a difficult situation full of love and remembering the positive memories.

Thank you so much!"

Kyle Hildebrandt
Columbus, Ohio

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (614) 354-6962

Restore Counseling, Worthington

  (614) 846-5800

MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington

  (614) 888-9200

Directions Counseling Group, Columbus

  (614) 292-3551

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center - Main Campus Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus

  (614) 889-8070

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Dublin

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
“RUFUS
The day I saw you on the RESCUE Site sitting in a field of grass you touched my heart immediately. From that moment on you were in my life. Rufus, you were and always will be my best friend, my confidant, you knew more about my inner thoughts than any human. We had so many good times together, there will not be a day that goes bye that I ...
Jeanna Davis
May 1, 2019
“In honor of one of the most noble and loving breeds of dog on this planet, my Newfoundland- Newton.”
Ray Speakmon
April 26, 2019
“I will miss you my dear, sweet boy. Thank you for helping me garden all these years. You made it more fun. Thank you for being such a good kitty. I will miss your big meow and your big feets and the way your head tilted when you looked at me. You gave great hugs too. Thank you for showing up at my house that one day and staying with me until the ...
Lori Schwartzkopf
April 19, 2019
“Ringo, we are so grateful for the time we had with you. May you be running free and healthy now, on the other side of the bridge!”
April 9, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, OH 43085

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