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 is a wonderful provider. At first I was skeptical of having my dog euthanized in my home, but the more I thought about, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The initial in take by Nicole was professional, empathetic and clearly explained. Dr. Elyse has to be one of the most patient, kind and compassionate animal and people lover I have ever met. She took her time to make sure our dog was comfortable around her and informed my husband and myself every step of the way. She never made us feel rushed and gave us plenty of time to say goodbye to Isis. It was a big relief to me to have my dog be in her home, in one of her favorite spots and be put down peacefully surrounded by her family. I am truly grateful to Lap of Love for providing a very comforting approach to a very hard time in our lives."

Kimberly Crain
Chesapeake, Virginia

"Dr Elyse was perfect, she was kind and gentle and compassionate with Buster and with us. She took time to listen, she helped us realize our decision was the best one for Buster, I believed she cared and that was what mattered most, because this decision was permanent and we had to live with it. We needed kindness and empathy and sincerity, and felt grateful for her during this painful and emotional experience."

Valerie Bond
Norfolk, Virginia

"We had to say goodbye to our beloved Heidi this week. She was a beautiful husky that lived to the age of 15 1/2 years old. We rescued her from the SPCA when she was just one. She had always been so energetic and strong and stubborn and a joy to have as part of our family. Her health had been failing for a while and we felt that her quality of life was also failing. We thought long and hard about our decision and when our Veterinarian's Office suggested Lap of Love instead of an office visit we were intrigued. We wanted our family members to be there with Heidi as well as our "grand dog" Brody - they were best of friends.

Dr. Elyse came to our home and immediately sat down to engage with both dogs in her calm and loving manner and she assured us that we were doing the right thing for Heidi. She also explained the entire procedure and we felt comfortable. We decided to be in the living room where we all sat as a "pack" every day and were all able to sit around Heidi and pet her and tell her how much we loved her all the way up to the end. Even Brody came up and licked Heidi's face. When Dr. Elyse no longer heard Heidi's heartbeat - she told us that Heidi had her "angel's wings" and there were tears in her eyes. This was the most loving and compassionate way to say goodbye to our beloved Heidi. Dr. Elyse was wonderful and professional and so aware of how difficult such a decision is. We could tell how much she truly loves animals and cares so much for families when having to say goodbye to a pet. Dr. Elyse is a true angel and we can't thank her enough for her compassion and love and strength. As hard as this decision was for us - we are so happy that we selected Lap of Love to assist in Heidi's departure from life. Thank you Lap of Love and thank you again Dr. Elyse. I highly recommend this path to take when struggling with the decision to say goodbye to a beloved pet who is truly a member of the family."

Jackie Shapiro
Newport News, Virginia

"I will start by saying that this was a terribly difficult decision to make. I rescued Chance 11 years ago, he had a horrible start in life but it was love at first sight and I was determined to nurse him back to health and keep and love him for as long as he lived. He was my boy. He was mine and my husband’s first dog together. Chance was with me through a lot of difficult times, 2 kids, 4 deployments and we took him as far as Alaska! His behavior started to change just before my husband left on a year long deployment and really, looking back, his regression was worse than I allowed myself to see.

Chance had many changes, he messed a lot in the house and paced constantly. He would find himself at the wrong side of the door and stare into his water bowl for a long time. He stopped cuddling and slept most of the day and paced most of the night. He just looked so tired. When my husband returned from deployment we spent much time debating what to do. We both decided that it was time to let him go. We planned his day of departure about a week out. It was a horrible week of anticipation but we made sure to spend a lot of extra quality time with him and really made things as special as we could. I went back and forth every hour and just really didn’t know if I was making the right decision, even though my friends and family all around me said it was best for him. I spent a lot of hours crying over it, but I prayed too, and I believe God gave me the extra courage to keep moving forward.

When Dr. Persico arrived, I was very nervous and a upset. She had a warmth and kindness about her that I could sense immediately. We sat down and discussed Chance for a bit and really it eased my mind that I was doing the right thing. I think the most difficult part about having a senior like Chance is just not knowing what his pain was or wasn’t and there were just too many what if’s in my mind. But Dr. Persico agreed that a lot of what Chance was exhibiting, were what we could see in end of life with our dog. My final thought was that I didn’t want to make him suffer by waiting too long to let him go, simply because it’s too hard to say goodbye when you have loved them for so long.

I’m grateful to Dr. Persico for her care and kindness to Chance and my family during this sensitive and difficult moment. I would say to anyone that is unsure about letting their pet go, try to push out the pain during your contemplation, for just a moment, because ultimately we don’t want them to suffer after all the love and joy and great memories they brought us through the years."

Sara Van Horn
Hampton, Virginia

"On 8May20, My wife & I came to resolve that our beloved pet Golden Lab, Buddy, had endured enough pain & suffering from his advanced anal gland cancer & debilitating Lumbar degenerative disc disease & hip arthritis. We were assisted in helping our good puppy into doggie heaven with the very capable & compassionate Veterinarian, Dr. Elyse Persico, DVM. Dr. Elyse was very supportive & informative during this difficult time. She showed our wonderful dog incredible love & tenderness during her visit that day, and she demonstrated great empathy & support to us. She gently gave our Buddy a very dignified and comfortable rest which enabled my Susan & I to be at peace that we were giving our Buddy a great gift of peace & rest from his illnesses. We thank Dr. Elyse, and give Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, highest praise for their help & assistance to our faithful companion, and for their kindness toward us in the sad - but necessary - decision we made."

Michael & Susan Picio
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"When we had to make the quick decision to let my Molli go, everyone we encountered at Lap Of Love was very kind and supportive. Dr. Elyse showed up and treated Molli as if she had been her veterinarian for her entire 14 years of life. She explained everything that was going to happen very thoroughly and made sure that we did not have any questions go unanswered. She asked about our history with Molli, taking the time to get to know our beloved pet and us as a family. I could not have asked for a better person to help me say goodbye to my best friend. She helped me wrap her up in her favorite blanket, with her favorite toy and I was able to carry her to the car to say my final goodbye. I would not have wanted it any other way. I am forever thankful for having met Dr. Elyse under the circumstances and cannot thank her enough for treating my baby with the utmost love and respect."

Lorin Herbick
Hampton, 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
“Buster was a loving and fun boy who brought love and happiness to our family for 15 faithful years. He loved to be held and cuddled, he was deaf and it never slowed him down, he enjoyed his life until the end when it wasn't fun anymore. I believe his Bestie Spike waited for him on the other side of the rainbow bridge, along with Buddy and Finn, ...
Valerie Bond
May 25, 2020
“Today was a day I have hated thinking about for a long time...

This morning at 10AM our Suzi crossed the rainbow bridge. I have no doubt in my mind that she was greeted by her brother Dixon and that they are together again.

Suzi has had a special place in my heart since the day I met her. She had a loving, kind soul and she showed it. ...
Jenny Blake
May 5, 2020
“We lost our sweet Bella to cancer on April 29, 2020. We love her SO MUCH and she will always be in our hearts. Gone too soon 😢💔 But what a blessing it was to be her Mamma and Daddy.”
Rachel Martin
May 2, 2020
“Tinker was called the the little princess. She liked being outside as long as she had a bed to lay in. She did not like laying in the grass. She was such a comfort for my Mom after my Dad passed away. She gave my Mom a purpose and for that I am thankful. My Mom has been living with me the last 8 years so Tinker was mine as well. Our hearts will ...
Carole and Sandy LaBadie
April 23, 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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