The Greater Hampton Roads Region of Virginia

  (757) 401-6195

  [email protected]

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.

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$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!

"Dr. Elyse Persico is so wonderful...such a gift for helping families walk through a difficult time when having to let a beloved pet go. Dr. Persico was with us when we had to let Julie go just 6 months ago - we never thought it would be so soon when we'd need Lap of Love again for Kaiser. We are so thankful that Dr. Persico is still with Lap of Love and was able to be with us when we said goodbye to Kaiser. She is so compassionate and understanding. She honored Kaiser through each step and helped us say goodbye to him in a way that we know eventually will help us heal. Thank you, Dr. Elyse..."

Steve Dykema
Newport News, Virginia

"Thank you, Elyse, for your gentle and compassionate care. Your soft and caring voice was just what I needed on this most difficult day. I could see immediately that you too loved my Lille and easily recognized that she was such a sweet girl. Thank you for making one of the most difficult days of my life gentler and kinder. Your love and compassion is very much appreciated. And I must say, I loved Lille's royal purple basket. That was so very, very special. My little princess!! Thank you, Elyse!"

Christine Shourot
Carrollton, Virginia

"We were so impressed with Dr. Elyse and the respect she showed to Mike and I as well as our guy.

We have decided that if Dr. Elyse stays in HR and moves on to a vet clinic that, we will follow her there. We think that highly of her."

Christine Hague-Renwick
Portsmouth, Virginia

"This is likely the hardest, most loving testimonial I will ever give. On March 13, 2020 we had to release our Husky, Piper, to the angels. Piper was almost 12 years old, with a massive tumor that greatly impacted her quality of life. To make the decision to let her go was the greatest act of love we could have done. Insert Dr. Elyse, her kindness was immeasurable, the moment she entered our home you could sense the light and love she brought with her. We have a Golden Retriever (Reese), who was also present and the amount of love, time and compassion provided to all that were present to say their good-bye's, understand what the process and allotting the time needed as we navigated that moment in time is what keeps us at peace with the decision. Piper was my baby, she was the one who saw me through multiple deployments, my confidant and my companion in so many ways. The grief I feel (even as I write this) is made just a bit better because I know the right person was brought to us to help our princess move on. Thank you Dr. Elyse for being the one care for all of us during a time of deep sorrow."

William & Macy Britt
Newport News, Virginia

"Dr Persico came to our home to relieve our dog's (Jada) suffering. Dr Persico was a calming influence for us and our dog. The Doctor calmly explained the procedure to us and expertly answered all of our questions. it is obvious that Dr Persico cares deeply for both the owners and the pet. She was very compassionate and understanding throughout the visit. She made a very difficult day much easier. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr Persico's services."

Steve Cote
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"We were devested when we found out that our Big guy Lucas was going to be leaving us, if your reading this testimony then your here for a reason and that's because you Love your extended family and want to do the best you can to lay them to rest. I urge you to simply look no further than Dr. Elyse! I Can genuinely say that through this trying time I would NOT have it any other way, Lucas ALWAYS got extreme anxiety to go to the vets, so I did not want to put him through that stress. Dr. Elyse not only came into my home with compassion for Lucas, she also showed extreme compassion for us as well, especially the kids which were simply a mess. She talked us through the process before she began, and step by step to assure us everything is going according to plan. She also gave us good advise to help our other pet to adapt. I for one will forever remember Dr. Elyse and this experience, in the event that I have to go through this part of life again, there's no doubt who I'm going to call . THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH Dr. Elyse.. XOXO …..R.I.P LUCAS (American Bulldog) , 4/24/2009-3/9/2020"

Ed Seawood
Chesapeake, 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
“We said goodbye to Kaiser - the "perfect puppy" and a member of our family for almost 14 years. Kaiser was always ready to snuggle, always wanted to be right next to you, and other than his food each day, he wanted your love. We will miss him so much but are grateful for the many memories we have of him and with him. The house feels empty now ...
Steve Dykema
March 29, 2020
“My husband found this little black speck of a kitten in the north yard of Newport News Shipyard after dropping me off at work nearly 13 years ago. He took this tiny black kitten to work with him (also at Newport News Shipyard) and tried to give him away but nobody wanted him. When he picked me up and showed me what he'd found...I was in love. ...
Joy & Alan (and Sys) Vance
February 24, 2020
“Till the day we can see you, hold you and love you, you will be forever in our hearts.”
Sharon Saboo
February 20, 2020
“Shipmate,

My handsome boy, you were the best dog ever! I hope you knew how truly loved you were. I will always miss seeing you handsome face everyday. I will miss our cuddles and how you would nudge my arm when you wanted some love. There will forever be a hole in our family but the love that you brought into it will never be forgotten.”
Joshua Gooch
January 30, 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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