PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

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!

"We were so gratified that we decided to use this service and have Dr. Elyse come to our home to give Ginger her peaceful rest. We knew she had bone cancer and as brave as she'd been for over 6 months, we couldn't ask any more of her.

Dr. Elyse was gentle and loving and we were at home so Ginger was calm and resting.

Thanks to our regular vets Drs. Hubbard and Carow for their palliative care and the extra time we were able to spend with Ginger. And for passing along the LapofLove business card."

Susan Burton
PORTSMOUTH, Virginia

"Dr Elyse was so caring and compassionate to us and our sweet Charlie. Calling ahead to ask is Charlie was in any pain or distress and arriving on time. Her gentle voice and loving care of our girl put us all at rest. She explained the process and assured us that Charlie would have a peaceful and pain free transition. We took all the time we needed and Charlie went to heaven while napping on her favorite sofa next to her cat Rudy. This is the fourth pet I have euthanized, but my first time at home. I won’t do it any other way now if I can help it. Absolutely no fear or anxiously detected in Charlie. Thank You Dr Elyse from the bottom of my heart."

Jan McPheter
Hampton, VA, Virginia

"Deciding to let your beloved pet be put to rest is the one of the hardest things to do. Dr. Elyse was respectful of my needs and of Zeke. He was our 114 lb baby. I was moved by how Dr. Elyse took the time to put Zeke's comfort as the highest priority. Thank you Dr. Elyse."

Pamela Hester
CHESAPEAKE, Virginia

"We want to thank Dr. Elyse and Lap of Love for taking such good care of our sweet girl Ginger the way she did! We could not have been happier with Dr. Elyse. She had a calming, gentle, presence about her from the time she walked through the door till the time she left and it really helped put us at ease with the difficult situation. She took her time, we never felt rushed in any way. She genuinely cares about the pets and the family, she remembered all of our names, checking up on us later on and that meant a lot! It was the best decision we made to do this in the comfort of our home instead of going to the vet and best decision in calling Lap of Love! You will not be disappointed! We would recommend them to anyone!"

Stephanie and Paul Quirante
Newport News, Virginia

"We were so blessed to have Dr. Elyse assist our Dakota in passing. Dakota was with us for 16 years and it was difficult to watch her suffering. We decided we needed to help her pass and Dr. Elyse came out to our home in southern Suffolk within a few hours of our calling. Her quick response was appreciated as we were struggling with watching our pet slowly pass. She was very professional and knowledgeable but most of all she was compassionate. It is never easy to say goodbye but she made it as comfortable as possible for Dakota and for us. We will always be grateful for that."

Sherry Huffman
Suffolk, Virginia

"Zeke, our Great Dane, was 12 years old and while still young at heart, his body was tired and we knew that his time with our family was coming to an end. We had used Lap of Love before with our Boxer and were very impressed with the service provided so we made the dreaded decision and made a request online. Dana, a person from the Lap of Love support center called us to go over the details and the cost and she was caring and thoughtful throughout the call.

When Dr. Elyse came to our house, she was very compassionate. She took the time to get to know about Zeke and our family and gave him a lot of attention and put him at ease. She explained everything that she was going to do and he was never nervous. Everything was done with dignity, calmly and professionally.

When it is time to make that tough decision about your pet's end of life, I strongly recommend using Lap of Love. They've been fantastic to deal with the two times we've had to use them."

Jean-Daniel Valery
Chesapeake, Virginia

SERVICE AREA

We assist families in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Isle of Wight, Smithfield, Williamsburg, and extended service areas by request. There may be an additional travel fee between $30-$75 may be incurred based on distance from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Charlie Never met a knee she didn’t like. She was a kicker of many, best friend to Maverick, Mamas Girl, and the Sweetest Little dog you will ever meet.”
Jan McPheter
July 5, 2019
“Jetty was a great dog and such a huge part of our family. Our lives were forever changed with him in it. He was my running partner , car window drooler , dinner scrap eater and our family's best pet. He will be forever missed. RIP my sweet Jetty.”
kara earley
May 30, 2019
“Briezz Ashley was the most loving, smart, obedient, fun little boy. We adopted him at 8 weeks old, he was a Havana Silk (bichon, maltese, poodle mix). We loved Briezz with all our hearts. He will be missed by his mommy, daddy, brother Rhett Buter, sister Bijoux Scarlett and sister Tara Bryleigh. Briezz crossed the rainbow bridge and is now ...
Jan Lebow
May 30, 2019
“On Sunday, May 5, 2019, we had to say goodbye to one of our dearest family members – Milo Bovine Vanella. I adopted Milo from the Norfolk SPCA in February, 2003. He was a 10-week-old, Lab/Dalmatian mix with silky jet black fur and white markings covering the front of his chest and paws. He was a loving, kind and gentle soul. And at the ripe old ...
Mike & Daymon Vanella
May 19, 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 23663-0705

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