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$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$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!

"It may be hard to pick a date to put your beloved companion to rest . I found that preparing in advance was a good thing. It will never feel like the right time, but it is necessary to prevent suffering. I picked the date for in home euthanasia about 2 weeks in advance. I had to come to terms that my little Levi was no longer capable of having the quality of life he deserved. During the 2 weeks before his passing, I felt like I was betraying my devoted Levi or that his better days were outweighing the bad and maybe he had more time. I also began to feel at peace with my decision. Levi never knew suffering. The trauma of him having seizures or laboring in agony or emergency vet visits were avoided by not waiting too long. The in home euthanasia experience was of course emotional and sad but it was not traumatic. Dr. Elyse was extremely helpful, professional and genuinely caring laying Levi to rest. I'm thankful that my devoted, loyal and loving Levi was able to pass peacefully with his head on my lap where he would stay forever if love alone could keep him. RIP Levi October 24th, 2003 - July 20th, 2020."

Celina Shepard
Norfolk, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was absolutely amazing. From the minute she arrived to the minute she left with our beloved Buddy, her compassion brought us all comfort in the most difficult moment we've had as a family. Dr. Elyse was thorough in her explanation of each step of the process of helping our Buddy cross the Rainbow Bridge to be with our loved ones on the other side. She is a gem and we commend her for the person she is and the comfort she provides."

Christine Myers
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"I recently experienced one of the saddest moments of my life. My friend, guardian and confidant of 17 years let me know it was time to let her go and I had the regrettable task of helping her pass on.

There is no imaginable way to make this day any less painful but Dr. Elyse Persico and Lap of Love did their best to make the entire process as smooth as possible while showing compassion and empathy towards my beloved Margaret and myself.

I sincerely appreciate their help in guiding her onward and I give them my highest recommendation.

Thank you,

Ed Reyes"

Edwardo Reyes
Newport News, Virginia

"We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Bob after 16 years. Our hearts are broken, but we were immensely blessed to have Dr. Elyse help us through this challenging time. She was caring, professional, and above all respectful of our pet. The deliberate nature with which she carries our her movements provided great comfort. While we grieve the loss of Bob, we thank God for Dr. Elyse because she gracefully supported our family through this time.

Thank you Dr. Elyse for caring for Bob so beautifully, but also for caring for our family.

-Stephen"

Stephen Watkins
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Sadly, we had to make the difficult decision to put down our beloved Labrador, Maizee. Dr. Persico came to our home where our dog could be most comfortable. She handled it with such professionalism and compassion. She allowed the process to go at our grieving pace. Our children were present so she explained the process to us thoroughly so we could talk our children through it. I can't recommend Dr. Persico or Lap of Love enough."

Keisa Gardner
Yorktown, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was so kind and compassionate. This was the most difficult time and experience of my life, but her gentleness made it just a bit easier. I never felt rushed and I felt that she truly cared for Bubby; she took the time to get down and talk to him, pet him, comfort him. I can’t thank her enough, it truly meant everything to me to be able to say goodbye peacefully in our home, the way he deserved. Please don’t ever change Dr. Elyse, you will help so many families with their hardest moments."

Sierra Petro
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
“Buddy was the heart of this family. He was a goofy big 107 lb Black Lab who thought he was the perfect lap dog. Buddy loved going to work with his mom daily (she works from home) and he was always ready, willing and able to assist her with all of her work tasks, but not before napping under her desk for most of the day. He was perfectly ...
Christine Myers
July 24, 2020
“I remember the day you chose me to be your mom eight and a half years ago (thank you for choosing me 🧡). You were crawling in fleas not being properly cared for, and you jumped up on my lap and laid your paws on my chest. You were mine from that moment on, my little catdog. You loved to go to the parks on your leash, climb your trees and chase ...
Sierra Petro
June 29, 2020
“Cliche as though it is to say, Pom was more than just a pet -- she was a soulmate. From the moment I rescued her from my neighbor's roof to her final day, we had an unshakeable bond that equaled that of my spouse. When Pom was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease nearly three years ago, I was devastated. The prognosis was guarded because I ...
Warnie Pritchett
June 20, 2020
“Maxine, you will remain in our hearts always!”
Pamela Elzarian
June 12, 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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