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

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.

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. Persico was wonderful. She made a very difficult situation less painful. She is very compassionate and caring, explaining everything in a sensitive manner. She was great with my kitty ensuring he wasn’t scared. He had a peaceful passing."

Pat Carey
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Thank you Dr. Elyse for your compassion, sympathy and gentleness. You made a difficult time a little easier for us and

our beloved Kitty, Cisco. The handwritten note you sent a couple weeks later, mentioning the stories we told you about Cisco were comforting. You and the services you provided are greatly appreciated."

Lois Fritz
Newport News, Virginia

"Lap of Love is a wonderful organization. What a blessing to be able to have Dr. Elyse come to our home and avoid the anxiety that our dog Belle would have experienced at the Vet's office. She spent an hour with us and our dog, making sure that when she passed away, that she was comfortable. This process was worth every penny spent, even though I thought the charges were reasonable. I can't recommend them enough."

Paul Allen
Chesapake, Virginia

"A quiet gentle process with a knowledgeable and kind vet. Dr. Elyse Perisco."

Stephanie Rayfield ( Godmother)
Chesapeake,Va, Virginia

"Putting a pet to sleep is one of the worst experiences one must endure, but I am so grateful that Lap of Love exists because they make an unbearable experience as peaceful and comforting as possible. We utilized Lap of Love for the second time recently, as we said goodbye to our 14-year-old Mastiff/Labrador mix, Boomer. (We used them in 2014 when we had to say goodbye to our 12-year-old Labrador.) Having suffered a second stroke, Boomer awoke in the morning with almost no mobility and severe disorientation. We knew it was time to let him go and made the phone call when Lap of Love opened at 7:00 a.m. Dr. Elyse was able to get to our home between 9:00 - 10:00 the same day, which truly minimized our dog's discomfort as well as our anxiety.

Dr. Elyse was amazingly warm and comforting throughout the process. She explained each step of the process and showed tremendous love for our dog and empathy for us.

I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is facing the terrible decision to let a pet go. It saved our dog (and us) the trauma of loading him into the car and taking him to a cold and sterile veterinary office. Boomer passed peacefully in our arms and in our home."


Virginia Beach, Virginia

"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 Hoivik
Hampton, 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
“Alby was part of my family and I will always love him. He was very social, he loved being around people. He would hear the garage door and would always be at the door when I came into the house. When I said, it’s time to go to bed, he would go get on the bed. He liked to sit on my lap and give little kisses. He greeted visitors, running to ...
Pat Carey
April 12, 2019
“A beautiful ebony feline who loved his family and his freedom to explore.”
Stephanie Rayfield ( Godmother)
January 16, 2019
“Seven Aka "Bud"
My sweetest Bud, you were so special and so strong. You are forever in my heart. Thank you for all the joy and happiness you brought to my life!”
Mary Jo Hoivik
October 24, 2018
“Everyday was memorable with you Daisy Mae. You were and continue to be an inspiration to me. You bravely fought cancer 3 different times. You went thru chemo and 2 operations and each time you came through with flying colors, defying every Oncologist that told you would not have quality of life. For 16 years and 4 months your quality of life ...
Rose Harrington
October 17, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 4091
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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