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 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
"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
"Dr. Tina was amazing. So kind, sweet and professional. We gave Delilah a good life, and with her help, we gave her dignity."
Jeanie HanzalKaty, Texas
"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
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