PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

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.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$280
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cherry wood urn an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 10 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you at no extra charge.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$100
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$145
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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 at a local Humane Society Memorial Garden. The public is welcome. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

AVAILABILITY
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Elyse

Elyse Persico

I grew up in upstate and Long Island, NY. From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by animals and had a desire be around all types. As a child, some of my fondest memories were “mooing” to the nearby dairy cows, trudging through fields to assist with filling their water troughs and frequenting my cousins’ house to play with their pet hamsters.

Although all animals are special to me, none have ever stolen my heart like my sweet Golden Retriever, Aiko. I brought Aiko home as an 8-week old pup shortly after beginning high school and moving to a new house with my family. Our bond built immediately, especially since my parents let me name her! She was the perfect puppy, and therefore, deserved the perfect name. I recall Googling names for hours, even exploring various languages, and eventually landed on “Aiko,” which is Japanese for “love!” Despite never pronouncing it correctly, I could tell that Aiko knew the exact meaning of her name, and certainly embodied the definition.

Aiko was with our family for nearly 13 years and was a huge part of my journey to becoming a veterinarian. She was there through high school, and every time I’d visit home during undergrad at Ohio State University, and veterinary school at Western University in California.

After graduating from veterinary school, I was fortunate enough to head back home to Long Island just in time to spend Aiko’s last year of life with her. While working in a small animal practice and completing a Master of Public Health degree, I witnessed my sweet girl develop terminal cancer that affected her spleen and heart. As a family, we decided to forego surgery since we knew it would not improve her chance of survival, nor would that have been in her best interest at her advanced age. Our goal was simply to help Aiko live out her life with as much comfort and happiness as possible.    

The memory of those final months with Aiko led me to where I am today. As a hospice veterinarian, I have the honor of being close to pets and their families during those difficult times of saying goodbye. It warms my heart knowing that I can provide the best options, care, and comfort to the little souls that leave lasting paw prints on our hearts.

Beyond my dedication to end of life care, I also have special interests in wildlife disease surveillance and canine handler training for law enforcement and military teams. Outside of that, I am a competitive CrossFit athlete, pet parent to my 3 rescued babies (Peanut Butter, a Chihuahua/Pug mix, and two cats, Petey and Frank E. Stein), and outdoor enthusiast, embracing the beauty of the world’s natural wonders!

About Elyse Persico

I grew up in upstate and Long Island, NY. From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by animals and had a desire be around all types. As a child, some of my fondest memories were “mooing” to the nearby dairy cows, trudging through fields to assist with filling their water troughs and frequenting my cousins’ house to play with their pet hamsters.

Although all animals are special to me, none have ever stolen my heart like my sweet Golden Retriever, Aiko. I brought Aiko home as an 8-week old pup shortly after beginning high school and moving to a new house with my family. Our bond built immediately, especially since my parents let me name her! She was the perfect puppy, and therefore, deserved the perfect name. I recall Googling names for hours, even exploring various languages, and eventually landed on “Aiko,” which is Japanese for “love!” Despite never pronouncing it correctly, I could tell that Aiko knew the exact meaning of her name, and certainly embodied the definition.

Aiko was with our family for nearly 13 years and was a huge part of my journey to becoming a veterinarian. She was there through high school, and every time I’d visit home during undergrad at Ohio State University, and veterinary school at Western University in California.

After graduating from veterinary school, I was fortunate enough to head back home to Long Island just in time to spend Aiko’s last year of life with her. While working in a small animal practice and completing a Master of Public Health degree, I witnessed my sweet girl develop terminal cancer that affected her spleen and heart. As a family, we decided to forego surgery since we knew it would not improve her chance of survival, nor would that have been in her best interest at her advanced age. Our goal was simply to help Aiko live out her life with as much comfort and happiness as possible.    

The memory of those final months with Aiko led me to where I am today. As a hospice veterinarian, I have the honor of being close to pets and their families during those difficult times of saying goodbye. It warms my heart knowing that I can provide the best options, care, and comfort to the little souls that leave lasting paw prints on our hearts.

Beyond my dedication to end of life care, I also have special interests in wildlife disease surveillance and canine handler training for law enforcement and military teams. Outside of that, I am a competitive CrossFit athlete, pet parent to my 3 rescued babies (Peanut Butter, a Chihuahua/Pug mix, and two cats, Petey and Frank E. Stein), and outdoor enthusiast, embracing the beauty of the world’s natural wonders!

"My Grandmother was fond of saying, "A dog's ONLY fault is they just don't live long enough!"

Such was the case with our 16 year old "rescue" Golden Retriever named Rocky. Over the past few months he had slowed to the point where he ate sporadically, had trouble going outside, and usually remained wherever we carried him; not an easy task for a 70 pound dog!

I came across the Lap of Love site online a few months back; certainly seemed a better solution to what I knew was coming than the all too sterile and "sudden" Vet's steel table. In addition, the amount of anxiety Rocky had when visiting the Vet was jut too much to put him through for one last time. We wanted something better..

I called Lap of Love last Friday and spoke to Christina; she was nothing short of amazing. I scheduled an appointment for the next day. She sent me some great material to read and all financials were addressed prior to actual appointment.

From the moment Dr. Persico arrived I knew I'd made the right decision. She completed a full Physical on Rocky on the carpet in our den. He was so relaxed and she was so caring that I can't even begin to tell you how relieved it made us feel. We covered all options to include potential medications we might try. Unfortunately, Rocky's quality of life had diminished to the point where the only reason to continue day to day care was caused by, in all honesty, human selfishness.

When the time came Dr. Persico took great care to ensure Rock was comfortable. In fact, she first administered a sedative while my wife fed Rocky his favorite meal of roast chicken. Was it difficult? Absolutely; I don't mean to relay this was an easy decision by any means. However, I've been through this too many times in my life and this was the FIRST time that my family AND the dog were at ease.

Dr. Persico (Elyse) took care of everything to include taking Rocky away for cremation. This service is simply amazing.

I encourage you to at least go to the website and read their mission statement and the testimonials. I believe when the time comes to make this all too difficult decision - you'll feel empowered; hard to ask for much more.

Thank you Elyse. Thank you so very much.

With great respect,

Joe and Robyn Lyon"

Joe Lyon
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"We couldn't have asked for a more caring person and veterinarian than Dr. Elyse Persico. We were shocked to learn that our wonderful Border Collie, Molly, had cancer and that her time was at hand. Dr. Elyse came and spent time with Molly and us in Molly's favorite place, the backyard. She was so gentle, caring and loving to our Molly that Molly had no anxiety and was at peace in our presence. Thank you for making Molly's passing so peaceful. We miss her terribly, but cherish all of our wonderful memories of her."

Amy Daniels
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Our baby passed before Dr. Elyse could get to us. When she arrived she was so kind and compassionate. She was respectful and handle our baby like she was her own. I was very impressed and would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who needs this type of service."

Lisa Weddle
Hampton, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was simply wonderful. It was a bit of a sudden decision to let Cooper go, but they were able to get me scheduled for the same day, so we weren't dragging out the emotional trauma. She loved on him so much, and even dealt with the 2 hyper, crazy ones. This was my first experience with an in-home euthanasia, and I'm never going back. We were able to be comfortable in a familiar environment to him, and I didn't have to load all the dogs in the car to go with and understand why their buddy wasn't coming home. The crematorium picked up straight from the house, and everything felt organic. Natural. No harsh astringent, no chaos of wrangling dogs in a lobby, no stress for my bud. 10/10 recommend."

Monica Mertz
Portsmouth, Virginia

"Dr, Persico was a calm and gentle presence during our emotional storm. She had a perfect demeanor and tone for our situation. She was caring, compassionate, and thorough about the process, as well as listening to Zoey's history. Our baby Zoey had "end stage" symptoms that worsened very quicky (wheezing and trouble breathing) and Lap of Love made it possible to send Dr. Persico to us just a few hours after I called. She assured us that we had done all that we could have done for Zoey and that it was time. I very much appreciate the care and gentle way she handled our sweet baby, and we are grateful for Dr. Persico and Lap of Love during this most difficult time."

Marylyn Toney
Newport News, Virginia

"With the exception of 1 dog, we have always had our pets euthanized at home. This provides a more relaxed atmosphere and familiar surroundings for the pet. It also allows for some final goodbyes and quiet moments with your fur-baby. Doctor Elyse’s calm and compassionate nature helps establish a sense of peace in a difficult situation. I would strongly recommend using this type of service, especially when it involves such a caring Lap of Love veterinarian as Doctor Elyse."

Donna Schnaars
Va Beach, Virginia

SERVICE AREA
Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Isle of Wight, Smithfield, and extended service areas by request. There may be an additional travel fee between $30-$100 may be incurred based on distance from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Zoey Toney will forever be loved and missed by her human parents, Scott and Marylyn Toney. She was an extraordinary girl, from her sparkling green eyes with the blue ring in the center that almost glowed, to her unique personality and an insatiable hunger for life and her food! She was our only baby (fur or otherwise), and an immensely beloved ...
Marylyn Toney
November 5, 2019
“She was no ordinary dog. She was an emotional support dog, my best friend
My hardest goodbye. She gave the best cuddles after a long day of work.
She always knew how to cheer me up. She was protective over her mommy
She smiled everytime i came home because she knew it was play time.
I didn't pick her, she picked me. And she saved my ...
Brittany Dever
September 29, 2019
“Yesterday we said goodbye to Julie, an energetic, full-of-love Schnauzer that we rescued/adopted about 10 years ago. Like all pets, Julie was part of the family and we are so grateful for all the memories we have of time with her. Julie loved playing with balls more than food, and she was always full of love no matter how she felt. We often ...
Steve Dykema
August 17, 2019
“They will not go quietly,
the pets who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still can make us think
we hear them at the door
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we ...
Jason, Amanda Kenyon, and Matthew Thomas
August 13, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
Po Box 4091
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

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