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
"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
"Doctor Tina is the most caring, understanding, loving, supportive woman I had the pleasure in meeting. She helped me with my dog Lady and I thank her very much for coming to my home the next day Lady passing, and to be so concerned of our feelings. My family and I appreciate Doctor Tina for her love and emotional support for our precious dog LADY.
The Colina Family"
Adilia ColinaHumble, Texas
"Dr. Tina could not have done a better job. She's very compassionate, understanding and gentle. She went way beyond what we expected. Thanks, Dr. Tina"
Tami & David SmithPasadena, Texas
Our house is definitely empty - Troy was a great companion to both of us.
You helped us see that our decision was the right. Troy left so peacefully and we thank you for that."
Gwyn RossiManvel, Texas
"Dr. Vaziri was absolutely amazing. She was so gentle and soft spoken. I love how she said he was free."
Michelle ManningKaty, Texas
I could not have asked for a more compassionate vet to go through such a difficult time. You showed caring and compassion that I know I would have never received at any vet office. Thank you for being there for both me and Harley.
Sharon AlemarKINGWOOD, 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