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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered at a private lake.

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 assistance, 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

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. I am also Fear Free Certified. 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 rescue dog Mars, sibling cats  Elliot and Arya, foster cats Jasper and Topaz, and the Koi and Shubunkin fish in my pond. I also enjoy yoga, permaculture gardening, ballroom dancing, kayaking, 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 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 assistance, 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. 

"My heart started healing the moment I called Lap of Love. As any pet lover knows, losing one is a difficult human experience, and letting our 14 year old labrador, Dr. Barker, go peacefully was our number one priority. From the moment I called Lap of Love, I felt comfortable and cared for. We are so grateful Dr. Nellie was willing to come to our home during a pandemic. While keeping appropriate social-distance - she was communicative, professional, calm and sympathetic making the process peaceful and stress-free for our best friend. Thank you."

Tracy Daly Rafferty
Columbus, Ohio

"This is the second time we have used your service. I cant stress enough what a wonderful gift you give to us. What you do is such a needed service.

We had hoped to get Bo in to his normal, life long vet, but over the weekend it became clear that he was in pain and we needed to move sooner. So we called Lap of Love.

Dr. Jessica was very kind and caring. She also reassured us that we were doing the right thing which is exactly what we needed to hear. She got on the floor with us, and she spoke softly and calmly to our boy.

These are weird times we all find ourselves in, so although we couldnt hug and support each other like we might have done normally, Dr. Jessica was a welcomed particpant in this process and she handled herself , us, and our boy with dignity and grace.

And really, isnt that how we would all like to go?"

Dawn Bininger
Groveport, Ohio

"Dr. Nellie was excellent, and we were especially grateful for her ability to provide compassionate case in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. We did our part to make sure whomever came to our home had some comfort about being there (disinfecting everything; making Clorox wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer available; washing our hands/sanitizing whenever we needed tissues), but she was also mindful and just wonderful in our time of need. She explained each step, and offered our five-year-old an opportunity to ask questions before she went upstairs during the process of humanely euthanizing our 15-year-old Yorkie. Everything was very peaceful. Afterward, she allowed us time alone so we could let our daughter and our other dog say goodbye. She was completely respectful and kind at every step- all while managing the CDC’s recommendations during this scary time. Thank you to Lap of Love for continuing to provide this service, and we hope your providers stay safe and healthy. We were very thankful for Dr. Nellie today, as she helped our family through this heart-wrenching experience. I would absolutely recommend your organization to anyone facing this stage with a beloved pet."


Hilliard, Ohio

"I really appreciated the compassion and loving care Dr. Nellie provided when it was time to let Petey pass. It was a hard decision but I couldn’t have asked for a peaceful passing for him. Thank you for the service you provide."

Beth Oberdier
Columbus, Ohio

"Our dogs are an integral part of the family especially being empty nesters.. We've had dogs throughout childhood and ever since we got married in 1977. As with all good things the end is inevitable but never welcome. We just wished they lived longer

No one wants to make the decision to euthanize a beloved pet but the time comes when it's no longer a choice of if but when

We decided to explore having this sacred moment performed in the comfortable surroundings of home rather than in the vet's office

Dr. Jennifer was the most kind considerate and caring individual in a very difficult situation. She gave us and Rainy incredible comfort and dignity

We can assure you that when the time comes upon us again all to soon we will be using her services"

Greer Rouda
Delaware, Ohio

"Even though we knew this was going to be the hardest thing we've ever done, Dr. Jessica did an exceptional job of making friends with Rugby and helping us all through this sad process.

The way she performed her duties helped to honor Rugby and provide him a way to pass with dignity here at home as we held him and said our goodbyes.

I cannot recommend this service enough. She helped make this terrible time more bearable for me and my husband as we lost our cat Rugby. Thank you so much for everything you did to help us through the process."

Amanda Elkins
Hilliard, 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 - $100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“On Sunday, March 22nd, we said goodbye to our beloved bulldog, Bode. He had defied every odd thrown his way and lived to the very precious age of 13.

We got to spend 10 of those with him.

Selfishly, it was not nearly enough.

Our little gray faced man left this world in as much comfort as we could provide. Laying in his favorite spot, ...
Dawn Bininger
March 27, 2020
“This memorial is to honor our beloved cat, Rugby Tiger. He wasn't just an ordinary cat. He was filled with personality and, more importantly, was the most loving companion. Rugby was always by our side and he will be missed forever. We love you, dear sweet Rugby.”
Amanda Elkins
March 5, 2020
“We are so fortunate to have had Oakley in our lives to love, even though it wasn't long enough. She was brave, smart, funny and beautiful! There wasn't a day that went by that she didn't make you laugh. Her personality was gigantic and we will miss her forever.”
Kim Snively
March 2, 2020
“Doc filled our hearts and home for six years. Love Ya, Buddy.”
Randall Rice
February 4, 2020
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.

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 344
Worthington, Ohio 43085

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