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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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 veterinarian 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.
Tina Vaziri, DVM
"I could never express the depth of my gratitude and respect for Lap of Love. They came into our home a stranger but quickly became family, loving our girl as much as we did. They were understanding. But more important, they were so informative. They helped us logically make the decision we knew in our hearts was the right one. I would recommend them to anyone who loves their animal as their child. Getting to say goodbye, in the comfort and peace of your home, with your animal surrounded by their humans and siblings, in their bed on their favorite blanket, cannot be more peaceful. I couldn't have asked for anything better for the sweet-girl who was my child for 15.5 years."
Sam RangelPearland, Texas
"Dr. Tina Vaziri was incredible. She helped to make an unbearable situation bearable and somehow beautiful. She took the time to get to know Manny and us. She even let Manny get to know her, and he seemed very comfortable with her. He didn't seem anxious at all which is exactly what we wanted for him. He deserved to pass easily and peaceably in his home surrounded by his loved ones.
What a wonderful service Lap of Love and Dr. Tina provide in such an incredible way."
Claudia ValastroDickinson, Texas
"Dear Dr. Vaziri,
Thank you again for assisting with Lolly's passing this morning. Your compassion and calmness made the experience so much easier and Lolly was able to pass with a minimum of suffering and in the hands and surroundings of those who loved her.
Paul LingSugar Land, Texas
"Dr. Vaziri was respectful, professional and prepared for all she needed to do to in a most difficult time. She made sure things went smooth and took care of every detail for us."
Peter OdellHouston, Texas
"Dr. Vaziri came out on short notice, was very kind and took her time to get to know us and GiGi. Highly recommend her! Very kind and compassionate =^.^="
Sandra HawkinsonSanta Fe, Texas
"My 14 year old 78 lb. much loved lab, Jake, had a terrible night with seizures due to hip problems. He was in a great deal of pain and could not walk. I could not pick him up to put him in the car and my Vet couldn't come to the house. My Vet's office staff found Lap of Love for me. When I first called the I wasn't sure if I should have him euthanized. Tiffany, who answered my call was very compassionate. She explained everything, found a Vet in Katy and followed up with an e-mail. At no time was I pushed into making a decision. When Jake still couldn't walk and had another seizure in his sleep, I knew it was time. I called back and within an hour Dr. Tina arrived. She was wonderful, very gentle and loving with Jake and me. Dr. Tina explained every step and did not rush. She made sure I had enough time to say my goodbyes. When I was ready Tina and her husband gently loaded Jake on a stretcher, secured him and covered him with a fleece blanket. His ashes will be returned in a wooden box in 5 to 10 days. Lap of Love is definitely a five star operation."
Patricia TydlackaKaty, 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.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 2303Cypress, TX 77410-2303