The Greater Hampton Roads Region of Virginia
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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!
Elyse Persico, DVM
"Dr. Elyse was amazing, so caring and compassionate. You can tell she truly cares! I wish she could be my full time vet."
Mary Jo HoivikHampton, Virginia
"Dr. Elyse was extraordinary.
When she entered our home she brought with her a sense of calm and genuine caring. My husband and I felt so guilty about making the decision to end Daisy's life but Dr. Elyse helped us to realize that, at 16 plus years old, Daisy was holding on for us and was suffering physically, even with pain medication.
Dr. Elyse took the time to get to know us and Daisy. She cried with us, mourned with us, and reminisced with us. It was the most dignified and respectful way to allow Daisy to earn her angel wings. I recommend Dr. Elyse highly, especially if your pet is considered a family member."
Rose HarringtonChesapeake, Virginia
"Dr. Elyse is an absolute hero. From the moment she walked in our front door she did everything to put our baby boy Barney at ease and to help us through the process. She is gentle and compassionate, and obviously cares deeply for the pets and people she works with. She took all the time we needed to say goodbye and love on our boy for the last time. Although Barney's passing is one of the hardest things my wife and I have ever gone through, I couldn't possibly come up with anything that could have been done better. I only wish Dr. Elyse was also our primary care vet all along. She's an amazing person and vet."
"Dr. Elyse Persico DVM is a true epitome of what a veterinarian is. She was so kind, compassionate, caring during the worst day of my life when I was losing my fur baby, Charliee. She took such great care of my Charliee like she was her own. She definitely is a credit to the Profession. I thank her from the bottom of my heart."
Patty KeenanChesapeake, Virginia
"Dr. Elyse was the sweetest person to us and to Sandy. She made the entire process a lot easier. Her kind soul is very much appreciated. Thank you, Dr. Elyse for letting our Sandy go with dignity in her own home."
Raquel FinkHampton, Virginia
"Dr. Elyse was great! While we were emotional wrecks the day of, she was incredibly patient and put us to ease."
Nate + Beckie BrownYorktown, Virginia
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group
Acredale Animal Hospital
The PAL Pet Loss Comfort line
The COVE (Center of a Veterinary Excellence): Suffolk VA
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Karla Drake, LCSW, Tidewater Psychotherapy Services
Affiliated Animal Care/ Greenbrier Veterinary Referral Center: Chesapeake VA
Animal Emergency Center
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 4091Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Daily Press: Veterinarians are providing in-home hospice care for pets