Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Geritatric Consultation$275

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.

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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 pounds or more will be quoted

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 pounds or more will be quoted

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.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Elyse

Elyse Persico, DVM

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, DVM

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!

"I cannot begin to express the depth of our gratitude for Dr. Elyse. Our setter Takoda had struggled so valiantly against bone cancer; when it was finally time to let him go, she was so loving and comforting to him - and all of us. She created a beautiful, sacred safe space, especially important for our two sons who were with us as well. So much respect and care and love - it was the most gentle experience I could imagine. She is truly an angel for everyone at these difficult times."

Mary McGovern
Williamsburg, Virginia

"Dr, Elyse was amazing! She came to our house very promptly and was so gentle, calm, empathetic and professional while still being very personable and caring. She took her time with us and our whole family felt that she genuinely cared about us and our loss. She even sent us a beautiful sympathy card a few weeks afterwards with a heartfelt note. If you are in a position where you need this type of visit to your home, I highly recommend Dr. Elyse and Lap of Love. She truly helped us in our difficult time."

Heather Underwood
Norfolk, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse could not have been a more compassionate, caring , loving vet . Our time spent with her and our dog were simply priceless. She took time both with us and our dog to ensure all would be okay during this most difficult time. I WILL never NOT have this procedure done again at home. Outside in the peaceful air is how we put our beloved Jetty down and Dr. Elyse was there every step of the way and made our goodbyes as painless as she could. THANK YOU Dr. Elyse you are a special person and we so appreciated you on this day and glad you were chosen to be Jetty's vet for the day. Ken and Kara"

kara earley
poquoson, Virginia

"On Wed. 5/29/19 Dr. Elyse came to my home. She met my 4, Havana Silk, fur babies, Rhett, Briezz, Scarlett and Tara. Unfortunately, on 5/23 our baby Briezz Ashley, 12.5 yrs old, was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. That is the reason for her visit to my home. Dr. Elyse was extremely nice to me, my friend Chelley and my kidz. She went out of her way to make the situation comfortable for everyone, especially Briezz and I. The process for Briezz was pain free and he passed comfortably with my hands on him. I carried him to her car in a basket with blankets that Dr. Elyse brought in. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Elyse without hesitation. She is compassionate, caring, professional and I am happy to have met her."

Jan Lebow
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"It's been eight days since our little Cooper passed on and we are slowly finding our new normal. Cooper blessed our family with a lot of love and companionship for 14 years, so when he become very ill we knew that we wanted him to pass on in the comfort of his home. The morning of May 21, 2019 I called into Lap of Love to make arrangements for Cooper, and I instantly knew I had made the right decision for him. I cannot even find the words to express my feelings for the kindness and compassion that Dr. Elyse Persico showed our sweet Cooper and our family that evening. Dr. Elyse sat with us, asked us questions about Cooper and made this hard decision so bearable. Thank you so much, Dr. Elyse you are truly an angel and we couldn't have asked for a more kinder person to share our last moments with Cooper."

Audrey West
Norfolk, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was wonderful in that she gently & genuinely engaged with our precious one and our family during this most emotional time. She was knowledgeable and helpful in discussing with us some of the physical symptoms our Maltese baby was experiencing. Like many others, this was one of the most difficult decisions our family has had to make, and I so appreciate the support we received from the initial call to the most difficult call of all, and throughout the end process with our beloved Skipper. Looking back, it was special and comforting that all of us were able to be with him, holding him and surrounding him with our love. We thank Dr. Elyse for her professionalism and comforting presence with our little one and with all of us."

Teresa Van Ness
Yorktown, Virginia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (757) 474-5968

Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group

  (57) 523-6100

Acredale Animal Hospital

Pet Loss Support

  (202) 966-2171

The PAL Pet Loss Comfort line

Emergency Clinic

  (757) 935-9111

The COVE (Center of a Veterinary Excellence): Suffolk VA

  (757) 788-9636

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Emergency Clinic

  (757) 499-5463

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners

Pet Loss Counselor

  (757) 497-3670

Karla Drake, LCSW, Tidewater Psychotherapy Services

Emergency Clinic

  (757) 366-9000

Affiliated Animal Care/ Greenbrier Veterinary Referral Center: Chesapeake VA

  (757) 234-0461

Animal Emergency Center

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, 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
“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
“Kodi was my best friend, I loved him with all my heart and I miss him so much. He was always stuck to me like glue. Every where I went in the house, he was there too. I’m very fortunate to have had him for so many years, he will always have a special place in my heart. Right now my heart is breaking but I know he is in a better place, no ...
Pat Carey
May 13, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 4091
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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