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!

"Our family has so much gratitude to Dr. Elyse for the care she showed our family as we laid our sweet dog CC to rest. It was incredibly comforting for our family to be in our home. Dr.Elyse included our children in the process as she explained everything and asked about their memories. Dr. Elyse's kindness and attention to detail shows in everything from her patience in time to beautiful mementos to honor our furbaby. We felt honored to include her in such an emotional family time. Thank you again."

Miranda Canfield
Portsmouth, Virginia

"Dr.Elyse came to our home and provided the most gentle and compassionate end of life care for our dog Kupua.

I now know that in home euthanasia is the best way to send your beloved canine friend across the Rainbow Bridge.

I will be using LapofLove in the futture when this service is needed."

Joanne McCarthy
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"The hardest phone call I ever had to make was when I called Lap of Love on a late Wednesday night. Through my tears, Rachel took my call while comforting me to discuss the details of making an appointment for them to come out to help us say goodbye to our dog Gracie. We knew it was time. As promised, Dr. Elyse called when she was on her way to our house. When she arrived she was so calm and just listened to me and my husband talk about our beloved Gracie girl - how she came to be a part of our family, how much she was loved by everyone, her illness, and all that we had done for her. Dr. Elyse was very articulate as she walked us through the appointment. I was so worried that Gracie would be scared and would run away but Dr. Elyse was so gentle with her. When it came time to say goodbye, Dr Elyse was so respectful and told us at the exact moment when Gracie had gained her angel wings. That is something we will always remember. While we are still very sad and miss our Gracie we are very thankful for Dr. Elyse and her staff were able to help us through this difficult time."

amanda freeland
Chesapeake, Virginia

"My family will be forever grateful to Dr. Elyse for the care and compassion she showed us during such a difficult time. We knew it was time for our beloved black lab, Chelsea, to cross the rainbow bridge after many sweet years with us. Dr. Elyse was attentive to details and even made it a point to learn the spelling of all of our names. She asked us questions about Chelsea, encouraging us to talk about her and helped reassure us that we were making the right decision. She explained the process in full and was sure to explain everything she was doing and going to do, which really made us feel at ease. She had an amazing bedside manner and was able to balance being direct and caring. It was evident that she is great at her job and that she genuinely cares. I'm so thankful that she was there to help us say goodbye to our girl with love and dignity in the comfort of our own home."

Krystin Rizzo
Yorktown, Virginia

"Dr Elyse was so professional yet very sympathetic, kind and considerate. She made everything so comfortable and did not rush us. During this time we go to the vet....sit in the parking lot and they come and take your pet......we stay in the car. I could not see spending her last time with us like that. We are so thankful that you offer this service! We could stay in our home and have a quiet, calm time with a vet that was very compassionate and caring. We would recommend this service to anyone.

Thank you.

Lori and Alvin Dimaiuat

And Buddy too! <3"

Lori Dimaiuat
Chesapeake, Virginia

"Thank you, Dr. Elyse, for being an amazing human being and helping me (and my family) through one of the hardest experiences in my life so far. I can't thank you enough for your kindness and compassion, and am inspired to know that there are people like you out there that do selfless work like this every day. You treated my sweet boy Odin like he was your own, and I know he was able to leave this Earth peacefully partly (or maybe mostly) because of you. Words cannot express my gratitude to you, truly. I will never forget your kindness during Odin's last moments. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. Also, Update: After Odin passed on, if you remember, our other dog (Tia) took his bone and went to the other room. When we let her out after you left with Odin, she had not eaten his bone, but instead brought it downstairs and left it out in the grass for him. Odin would often take her bones and carry them around in his mouth, but she has never, ever done this before. It was truly a beautiful moment on such a sad day, and was her way of saying goodbye to her friend. I hope that you read these reviews, and that you will see this one of these days and it will bring a smile to your face. Thank you again. 

Lap of Love is a Godsend. The scheduler that I spoke with (Annie) was another beautiful human being that was so kind and compassionate and made this heart-wrenching experience just a little bit easier. I wasn't initially sure if holding off a few extra hours to put my sweet boy Odin to sleep in the comfort of his own home was the right decision - He was suffering with end-stage cancer and I questioned whether I should have done it at the vet's office. Afterwards, however, I knew I made the right decision. Dr. Elyse made the experience calm and peaceful for him, and he was able to spend his final hours on Earth surrounded with his toys, blankets, lots of treats, and by the people (and dogs) that loved him most. I have never experienced the loss of a beloved pet before, and I hope I don't again for a long time. However, if you are trying to decide whether at-home euthanasia is the right decision, my opinion is 1000% yes. This company/organization is wonderful and shine a little light on a very difficult experience. Thank you again... so very very much... from Odin, my family, and I. - Julie Hanson"

Julie Hanson
Newport News, 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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