PRICING AND INFORMATION

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.

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 Eve, 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!

"We are forever grateful to Dr. Elyse. Reese was not a fan of going to the vet, and it meant so much to us that her last moments could be calm, soothing, and positive. Reese was also not a fan of strangers, but she was not intimidated by Dr. Elyse's presence. Reese was relaxed and comfortable, and left us very peacefully. Although a sad situation, we appreciated the opportunity to bring Dr. Elyse into our lives, and we will never forget her compassion and empathy."

Kathy and Jeff H
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse is absolutely wonderful. She arrived a few minutes early to our appointment, which gave my fiance and I time to talk with her. It also provided some time for her to get to know our cat, Stormy. Dr. Elyse explained everything and respected all our wishes. She showed great love and reverence for Stormy and his journey. Dr. Elyse continued to stay with us after and ensured our fur baby's final arrangements were everything we wanted.

Our Stormy kitty was honored and respected. His passing was peaceful and pain-free. I don't think we could have gotten through this without Dr. Elyse. I recommend her and all of the veterinarians of Lap of Love very highly.

Thank you so much for everything you did for us and for Stormy!"


Norfolk, Virginia

"Making the decision to euthanize a beloved pet is never easy, but sometimes it's the best choice for our furry family. DJ had been diagnosed with kidney disease, and the damage was irreversible. When her kidneys started failing and you could see she was suffering, I knew it was time to say goodbye. It was a holiday and my regular vet was closed--I'd been looking at emergency vets, but hated that the last moments of her life would be in a place she'd be more scared and anxious. I googled in home euthanasia and discovered lap of love. From the moment they answered the phone they put me at ease--offering sympathy and comfort. We discussed all arrangements and made them in advance so I didn't have to deal with paperwork. My appointment was scheduled for a couple hours later. Dr. Elyse arrived and gave me a big hug, and explained the procedure. She made both DJ and my other cat, Zoey feel at ease. She was able to give DJ the sedative while she laid in her favorite spot and I was petting her. I was then able to hold her and my other cat was able to come say goodbye. She made a clay pawprint, and had a basket and wrapped her in a blanket to take to be cremated, and also got my vets contact info to update them. Not only was this less stressful and more comfortable for DJ, it was for me as well."

Sandie Fishbein
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"The loss of Tiff was profound to our family. She came to us as a rescue/foster and we were told she would live for 6 months. We made her part of our family by adoption and she lived with us for 2 1/2 years when her cancer returned. Dr. Elyse made this very sad time meaningful with much compassion for Tiff and us. Dr. Elyse spent much caring time with us, explained every step and in the end Tiff went on peacefully, surrounded by her family and Dr. Elyse. I can't say enough about the experience with Dr. Elyse and I would strongly encourage anyone having to make such difficult end of life decision to contact her."

Francine Griffin
Norfolk, Virginia

"We would like to thank Dr Elyse for helping Creek pass peacefully and comfortably at home with his family. Creek suffered from anxiety and trips to the vert were difficult so being able to allow him to pass with minimum stress was very important. Dr Elyse was very compassionate allowing Creek to remain relaxed. I would definitely recommend using Lap of Love."

Mandy Sutton
Hampton, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was absolutely wonderful and we are so grateful for her in our time of loss. Julie's health deteriorated in a matter of two days, and thankfully an appointment with Dr. Elyse opened up Friday evening. Dr. Elyse was so compassionate towards us, she was so tender in how she handled Julie, and she made a heart-wrenching thing for us a little bit easier to handle. Dr. Elyse was aware of how each of us were doing, and moved things along as we were ready, even letting us wait for a friend to make it to the house to tell Julie goodbye. I have no doubt this is a special calling for Dr. Elyse, and we are grateful that she was here for us and for Julie. Thank you so very much, Dr. Elyse..."

Steve Dykema
Newport News, Virginia

SERVICE AREA

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
“Yesterday we said goodbye to Julie, an energetic, full-of-love Schnauzer that we rescued/adopted about 10 years ago. Like all pets, Julie was part of the family and we are so grateful for all the memories we have of time with her. Julie loved playing with balls more than food, and she was always full of love no matter how she felt. We often ...
Steve Dykema
August 17, 2019
“They will not go quietly,
the pets who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still can make us think
we hear them at the door
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we ...
Jason, Amanda Kenyon, and Matthew Thomas
August 13, 2019
“In memory of our Nemo, may you run and play now and be free from the chains of dementia. You added so much happiness and laughter to our home, and will be forever missed. We know your brother Russell is waiting for you, and can only hope that he lets you win at least one game of tug! We love you Nemo.”
Carol Schumann
August 13, 2019
“Our little girl - you'll never know exactly how much joy you've brought into our lives. You were a protector over Brody and played so well with him. A gentle soul you were. A unique dog that would stop us no matter where we were! I'm so glad and fortunate that you picked us that day. You are FOREVER in our hearts and will ALWAYS BE LOVED.”
Kristen Gray
August 9, 2019
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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