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.
Tina Vaziri, DVM
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
"Having Dr. Tina assist in Mister’s passing was a wonderful & compassionate way to show our love for him. She was so kind and gentle - It truly made the experience so much easier. I would highly recommend this service."
Elizabeth BomerHouston, Texas
"I cannot speak more affectionately or express my thanks to Dr. Tina for her incredible compassion and sensitivity today. Her professional yet very kind demeanor made our girl Sasha's passing calm, peaceful and humane. We will miss our Sasha but Lap of Love, Miss Jenn and Dr. Tina ensured we will only have fond memories.
Thank You all."
Dennis RogersHumble, Texas
"I was so moved by the experience with Dr. Tina Vaziri for my best friend, Tracey, and her beautiful boxer, Tia. During a visit to see Tracey it was evident that the cancer was winning and Tia was not long with us. Advised by her vet Tracey reached out to Lap of Love and was treated and comforted with the upmost of respect and loving hands. When Dr. Tina arrived it was evident that she had the perfect spirit to gently walk both Tia and Tracey through the next step and over the rainbow bridge. Dr. Tina's warmth and gentleness made the difficult time more bearable to Tia, her mom Tracey and those of us friends who love them both so much.
Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Tina for all that you do..."
Lisa SilverThe Woodlands, Texas
"We could not have asked for a better "friend" to assist our beautiful girl from this realm to her new one. As soon as our girl met Dr. Tina, she started kissing her and loving on her like they were old friends. It was almost uncanny, as if our baby girl somehow "knew" that her suffering was almost over. She explained everything very clearly and was highly sympathetic to our situation. I cannot think of a better send off for our girl than the way Dr. Tina handled this. Thank you for making a horrible decision a little less hurtful. God Bless you and the work you do."
Cameron CopelandFriendswood, Texas
"Dr. Tina Vaziri's professional manner, warmth and sensitivity was perfect for us in our hour of need."
Larry JenningsHouston, Texas
"Dr. Tina is genuine, caring and did a tremendous job with our first and forever pet. Thank you Dr. Tina."
Sue EbrahimHouston, 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