Greater Houston Area
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 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 you for an additional fee.
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 on a hayfield on the crematory owner's farm which the public can visit.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. 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 grew up in a small town in Kentucky called Crestwood. Here on a one acre plot of land my Mom, Dad, and three sisters and I, gardened, bird watched, played with our dogs, and grew together as a family. Accompanied by our companion Biscuit, a golden retriever, my sisters and I explored the wildlife preserve near our neighborhood. My love and respect for the great cycles of this earth and its life began among the trees of the preserve. Changing seasons, baby birds, tad poles, fawns, and spawning fish all planted the seeds that grew into my love for animals.
It was not until middle school that I connected my love for animals with medicine. My Mom, who works in human hospice care, would allow me to spend time with her and the many wise elders for whom she lovingly cared. Eventually, I chose to pursue a pre-veterinary degree at Murray State University.
While at Murray State I explored the veterinary career field further. I worked year-round in hands-on programs with horses, dogs, and cats, which taught me to care for every animal with respect, kindness and gentleness. Through my college career I worked with small animals in a general practice in Illinois and an emergency clinic in Kentucky. I found my work in these practices to be fulfilling and educational, and I knew that I was on the right path in life. While in college, I adopted two wonderful dogs, Weasley and Lyla. I also lost my first and oldest animal friend, Biscuit. Every night, Biscuit slept in the hallway in front of all the bedrooms at our house in Crestwood. On a peaceful spring night, she laid down one last time to protect us and moved on gracefully in her sleep.
In 2012, I moved to Auburn, Alabama for veterinary school, accompanied by my two lovely dogs and my 55-gallon aquarium. While in Auburn, I focused on small animals and aquatic animals. I worked hands-on with the community to educate children in the local library and elementary schools, teaching them about aquariums and fish. This made chemistry, biology, climatology, and mathematics exciting and interesting for them.
The opportunity to educate, inspire, and enrich someone’s life by sharing the human-animal bond is my favorite aspect of veterinary medicine. The true honor of my career though, is the also the hardest part of being a veterinarian. As the end of the journey with your four-legged companion nears, you as their caregiver, and I as their doctor, are there to provide them with all of the love, comfort, and support they need. Making the decision to say goodbye is never easy— even when our companions are ready—but it is an honor for a veterinarian be there for them and for you as we allow them to move on gracefully, painlessly, and surrounded by love.
My love for all animals developed at a very young age. By the age of 6, I had made up my mind that I wanted to be a veterinarian and never wavered from that decision. I was born and raised in central Louisiana, spending most of my childhood days outdoors with animals. I even lived on a farm for a few years tending to all sorts of species. I constantly stayed involved with anything and everything that allowed me to develop a new furry friend!
My path out of high school seemed to be destined for me. I obtained my undergraduate education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician for several years prior to vet school. I eventually continued on to graduate from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. My experience as both a veterinary technician and veterinarian allowed me the opportunity to explore many areas of this profession including mixed animal practices, emergency medicine, small animal practices, and even education through my role as an instructor for a veterinary technology program.
I’ve assisted many families during their final moments with their pets and have always felt a special connection with clients during these delicate times. My natural pull to end of life care combined with hearing Dr. Dani McVety (Founder of Lap of Love) speak at an event, helped me to realize the immense value I could add to the community by dedicating my career to the practice of veterinary hospice and euthanasia. My journey in veterinary medicine has taken me to several different states throughout the U.S. Now here I am, finally where I feel I am meant to be: helping families in the great city of Houston, TX. I truly am honored to be here for you and your family!
In my spare time, I enjoy attending all sorts of conferences and conventions, participating in medieval historical re-enactment, going to renaissance festivals, reading, watching television, and spending time with my ‘mini zoo’ of pets (three dogs, seven cats, two chinchillas, and three birds).
Tina Vaziri, DVM
"It was with the greatest kindness, dignity and gentleness that Dr. Tina Vaziri helped us say goodbye to our beloved cat Merlin this morning. My husband and I have never had to say goodbye to a pet before and Merlin was our best buddy for 19 years and meant more to us than we can say. Dr. Tina was so calm and lovely, which in turn helped us let him go in peace. The persons who assisted me with booking our appointment and then changing it when Merlin took a turn for the worst - Shelley and Tina, your kind words on my worst day were greatly appreciated.
We want to thank you all for taking care of our sweet Merlin and appreciate your assistance and service very much!
Sharon Finch and Scott Woodley"
Sharon FinchHouston, Texas
"Dr. Tina was so amazing in a traumatic time for me. I could barely function after Sadie passed away in my arms and Dr. Tina was so calming and so professional, but most of all so warm. She asked me to share stories about my baby and I knew that she truly cared about me and Sadie, and wanted to make a horrible experience feel at least bearable. I appreciated her calming and caring words and the care she took of my Sadie. I cried and hugged her and she let me. I really appreciate her help that sad day."
Gina CovellPearland/Houston, Texas
"Dr. Tina, I want to thank you with all my heart for giving Sheeba the true Diva departure she deserved. Your compassion, kindness, support, patience and education helped me to accept and appreciate why I was having to lose another kitty. Your guidance helped ease my guilt just a bit. You took such wonderful, loving care with Sheeba, and it was a peaceful passing... not like the last two conducted in the vet's office. The house is incredibly empty, but I'm comforted knowing you assisted in putting Sheeba at peace. Also, I'm grateful for the beautiful memorial you posted on Facebook. I have been sharing it with everyone."
Jennifer CaseyHouston, Texas
"When I first met my dog, Ernie, she was so weak from abuse & neglect that she crawled to me. And in her final days, she crawled to me again--her body riddled with arthritis and degenerate myelopathy. For all that my dog has given me--most notably giving me a passion for shelter work--it was very important for me to do right by her in her passing. When I noticed Ernie was likely in intractable pain, we acted to relieve her suffering. And so, Ernie drew her last breath in the company of me, my parents, and Dr. Hudspeth. She died peacefully at home, on her favorite rug, with my entire body draped lovingly around her.
We cannot thank Dr. Hudspeth enough for her compassionate work. She explained everything perfectly, answered our questions transparently and clearly, and were there for us. Her timing, her messaging, and her body language were all perfect.
But most importantly, Dr. Hudspeth gave Ernie the best transition process we could have ever asked for, and we take comfort in knowing we couldn't have done it any better for our dog. We wanted to do right by Ernie to thank her for her years of love, goodness, and constant companionship. And, through Dr. Hudspeth, we truly did right by Ernie."
Courtenay BruceCypress, Texas
"I was impressed with Dr. Tina. She was kind, warm, supportive and professional. She answered any questions I had. Dr. Tina's interaction with Addie was loving, respectful, compassionate and reassuring. Dr Tina skillfully worked in the medical technicalities & paw print with softness and love. She was mindful of Addie's needs to have no fear and pain as well as my deep loss. Thank you Dr. Tina for everything and being Dr. Tina. Sincerely, RC"
Rhonda CamposTexas City, Texas
"Dr. Tina was so compassionate and patient. She talked with me about concerns and choices openly and frankly. Gabe was comfortable with her and the mementos she made for us are cherished. I thank her for being there with me during a tough time."
Suzanna HellingerTomball, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Bereavement Counseling Service
Animal ER of Northwest Houston
Lancaster Practice Support
Wanda Eckersley, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.
North Houston Veterinary Specialty and Emergency
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Houston and Galveston area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on your location - please call for pricing.
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 LovePO Box 2303Cypress, TX 77410-2303