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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

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!

"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."


CHESAPEAKE, Virginia

"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 Keenan
Chesapeake, 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 Fink
Hampton, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was great! While we were emotional wrecks the day of, she was incredibly patient and put us to ease."

Nate + Beckie Brown
Yorktown, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was polite, professional and extremely helpful during our difficult time. The entire process was well done and very peaceful. I would recommend her to anyone."

JOYCE GALLO
Chesapeake, 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
“Barney was my goofy red shadow. He would follow me everywhere, as if he just got an invitation to the best adventure anyone ever went on. Even if it was just going upstairs to relax and play video games. He was always down to cuddle, even if he just came in from squirrel patrol in the rain. He loved his older sister Bridget, whipped cream ...
September 9, 2018
“I thought I rescued you, Sandy .... but, you rescued me. Your unconditional love made me a better person and there were times in my life that I would have not made it without you. You made everyone around you happy. Yes, you ate the turkey on Thanksgiving and you ate an entire pizza in the blink of an eye but you gave us so many laughs....You were ...
Raquel Fink
August 20, 2018
“My baby girl Charliee my love, my life, my everything, my 4 legged child. It's always been you and it will be forever you who shares my heart. You are my heart dog. I love you for all eternity. Mom”
Patty Keenan
August 20, 2018
“Aka "Bus Bus"
Max and Buster were inseparable. So when Max passed in September 2017, we weren’t sure if Buster was going to be around too much longer. Max was the best big brother ever! He always made sure that he took care of his little brother. Whether it was licking off his eye funk or cuddling up with him on the couch, he was always ...
Nate + Beckie Brown
July 15, 2018
Payment Options

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.

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