The Greater Hampton Roads Region of Virginia

  (757) 401-6195

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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!

Dr. Pravina

Pravina Fernandez

I grew up in Mumbai (Bombay) India and went to veterinary school there. I've been in the US since 2003 when I first arrived as a graduate student. Although my research work has mainly influenced the lives of people, I have never forgotten my roots in veterinary medicine.  

In 2018, I decided to go back to school to finish up the long process that foreign trained vets must undertake to obtain licensing in the US. It has been the best decision I have made and it allows me to stay close to clinical veterinary medicine.

I spent most of my free time actively volunteering at various animal shelters in and around the Atlanta area. It was there that I met my failed foster baby, Sasha, who has been with me since 2011. Sasha is a people cat, very cuddly, snuggly, opinionated, and naughty. Sasha and I have been on numerous adventures across multiple states since she graced my life. While the rest of my family continues to live in Bombay, Sasha is the closest (and only) family member of mine in the US. When days have been tough and when I miss my family immensely, Sasha has been a constant in my life.  

As Sasha gets older and is starting to show her age, I struggle to imagine what my life will be like without her. I know that one of the hardest decisions I will have to make will be to say goodbye to my best friend and I know at that time, I will rely on the support and understanding of my veterinary colleagues as I make hard decisions. It is an honor to provide the same support, understanding and love to families who are in the process of losing their own special loved one. I will be there to help guide and support families who are having to make one of the toughest decisions of their lives.

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!

"At the very difficult time of saying goodbye to our very sick kitty, Dr. Elyse was caring and professional. She helped confirm we had tried all of the options available and confirmed it was best for us to let Kitty Girl go. Coming to our home provided privacy and a closeness that helped us navigate this very sad time. Dr. Elyse shared in our sorrow and managed all of the difficult details. We still miss our Kitty, but always feel reassurance when we think back to her last day with us. We can’t thank this practice enough and highly recommend them."

Ron & Susan Bak
Norfolk,, Virginia

"Thank you for being so kind and compasionate during this very emtional time. Gnarley had exactly what he deserved a loving and peaceful passing. We are so glad that we could give him that gift."

Mary Stickles Stickles
Virginia beach, Virginia

"I couldn't have asked for a more comforting and kind person to be with me during a most difficult time. Dr. Elyse lead me through the process of seeing Ginger into her heavenly life. The whole experience was peaceful and not nearly as traumatizing as previous experiences I've had in veterinary hospitals. I'm so glad I decided to do home euthanasia. Dr. Elyse kept me calm, was not in a hurry, and gave me plenty of time to prepare, and then grieve after Ginger got her angel wings, before taking her away. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Elyse."

Pam Breen
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was just amazing. After greeting us, she immediately loved on Trajan and made him feel completely comfortable. I don’t think there was anyway that he could have known she was a vet and not just a friend coming to say hello! She explained everything to us about the procedure, and we made sure my baby was comfortable throughout the entire thing. It was nice to be able to let him go at home and outside, in one of his favourite sunning spots, where he could relax and watch the sunset."

Rebecca Nowels
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse couldn't have been more compassionate, kind and gentle with our Bug in his last moments. What a wonderful service and special person Dr. Elyse is. She made a difficult time bearable and comforting knowing Bug was leaving us in peach and dignity.

Thank you to Lap of Love and Dr. Elyse."

Kevin Quinn
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"We never had children, so our pups are our children. Precious was rescued from a West Virginia kill center in 2007 by an amazing woman. I journeyed to get her in August 2007. For over 13 years she was our best friend and guardian angel. She touched each and every person she ever came into contact with. She suffered from seizures and digestive disorders, but her will to live was an inspiration. The fact that she made it until almost 16 was indeed a "gift."

Dr. Elyse and the entire Lap of Love staff who we dealt with were absolutely amazing. We experienced nothing but kindness and compassion. I just picked up Precious's ashes, and was shocked to find them in a beautiful wooden box with her name on it, along with her paw print.

When the time comes for your pet, you won't find a better option than Lap of Love.

I'm hoping when my time comes, they'll come to the house and send me home the same way they sent Precious home.:)

Thank you Lap of Love."

Bruce Cohen
Virginia Beach, Virginia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life And Loss Support Services

  (757) 523-6100

Acredale Animal Hospital

  (757) 474-5968

Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group

  (757) 935-9111

The COVE (Center of a Veterinary Expertise) - Suffolk

  (202) 966-2171

The PAL Pet Loss Comfort Line

  (757) 499-5463

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital - Virginia Beach

  (757) 642-4170

Karla Drake, LCSW, Tidewater Psychotherapy Services

  (757) 366-9000

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital - Chesapeake

  (757) 234-0461

Animal Emergency Center - Yorktown

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
“Gnarley was the perfect dog. He came into our lives at almost age 4 and spent the last 6 years capturing our hearts. He had the sweetest and kindest soul and will be deeply missed every single day until we meet again. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories. We will hold you forever in our hearts old boy.”
Mary Stickles
November 10, 2020
“Ginger left this world to join her fur friends up in heaven. She was diagnosed with cancer in summer 2019, when she had a mastectomy. She did very well after she recovered from the surgery, but in June 2020 she started having trouble with her right eye. In September her eye had to be removed, and a biopsy showed it was cancer. She also had ...
Pam Breen
November 8, 2020
“Trajan came into my life not too long before I had to let my older dog go. He made her passing easier by offering steady support and, of course, by needing to stay on a puppy’s rigid schedule. He was older in spirit and mind than his almost-ten-months age suggests. He was so smart, friendly to everyone (dog and human alike), and so gentle. We once ...
Rebecca Nowels
November 7, 2020
“Jr. has left us to be with his older brother. He left us peacefully and with only find memories. We'll miss his patter, expert sleeping and always ready for a walk. The house wont be the same but we know he is in a better place.

Rest in peace Bug.”
Kevin Quinn
October 22, 2020
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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