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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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!

"Dr. Fernandez made this time and moment just a little bit easier. She was so gently loving with Peanut truly felt like we had known her our whole live. Thank you. Lap of Love offers a unique and endearing service that I hope they will continue to provide such supportive service to grieving families."

Diana Janoka
Newport News, Virginia

"Dr Pravina showed such tenderness and care for me during Ben's passing. Ben went on his own terms before she arrived but when she got here, she spoke to him as if he was right there with her. She hugged him and told him how beautiful he was. She listened to his story and teared up at his pictures. She made the transition of it all so much easier for me because I knew I had made the right choice for Ben's final moment. She then sent me a message to make sure I was ok. Thank You from my heart Dr Pravina"

Jeannette Tarkington
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"I will say I’ve had many pets over the years and I’ve had to do this process more than I care to discuss but she was the most patient and soft-spoken and gentle vet That I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with during such a painful process. I Can’t thank her enough for being so kind and loving during such a painful time."

Denean Reyes
Newport News, Virginia

"As soon as our Maggie-doodle was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma we reached out to Lap Of Love. Dr Eylse Persico had assisted our daughter a year ago and she raved about their services. The support staff were incredibly compassionate and very responsive to my multiple calls before the time had come. Dr Elyse was so kind and understanding as we moved through the process, even including our grandson which made him feel special. As difficult as it was for us to let go our beloved Maggie, Dr Eylse and Lap of Love helped make the transition peaceful and memorable. THANK YOU!"

Debbie Schwartzer
Chesapeake, Virginia

"Dr. Fernandez was so kind and comforting to us in this terrible time. We had never had to do this before and she was supportive and professional to guide us through the procedure. She helped make this process the best it could possibly be under such a sad situation. Highly recommend if you ever have to send your pet to the Rainbow Bridge."

Tracy & David Bowden
Chesapeake, Virginia

"Having to make the most difficult decision we could ever have to with our four legged family member we knew we had to make sure she was comfortable and that we could be there which Covid sometimes hasn’t always allowed. While our regular vet would have still allowed us to be present, I learned of laps of love and immediately knew that was the choice we had to go with to make our girl as comfortable as possible. From the moment she stepped into our house, Dr Elyse made everything very comfortable and was extremely compassionate. She took the time to love on both of our dogs and then explained the process so we’d know what to expect. She didn’t do anything without telling us before hand and loved on our dog with us the entire time but made sure we knew that she would position herself wherever we wanted so we could be where we wanted next to our dog. It was a terrible day for us but she never felt like a stranger which made things a bit easier. She did a paw print for us, let us know she’d notify our regular vet so we didn’t have to make that call, and gave us all the time we needed. Because if this experience, when faced with the difficult decision again, I will never do it any other way."


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
“"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever" Some only dream of angels, I held one in my arms”
Jeannette Tarkington
February 9, 2021
“Piggy was always very shy but when she had started to trust a little more she came out of her shell and love to visit with people I got very excited when people would come to the house. She always went to the other dogs and try to clean their ears or lick them and keep them clean she definitely was a mother at heart.”
Denean Reyes
January 30, 2021
“Teddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge at 3:25pm on 1/17/21 with the help of Lap of Love. Teddy was having too many uncontrollable seizures. Medicines were not helping anymore. We couldn't wait for surgery on his brain tumor. We had to do the right thing and end his pain and suffering. The seizures were the hardest thing to see and saying goodbye the ...
Tracy & David Bowden
January 18, 2021
“Leroy was a big, chill, loyal, and friendly companion. He had a good 15 year run with countless canine, and human friends. He will be missed by many. Never gonna forget this big guy.”
Joseph Allen
January 8, 2021
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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