PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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 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!

"As most dog owners, Riley was my best friend. We rescued him from the SPCA about 11 years ago He was brought back 2 times and was named Bear and Remi by his previous owners. He was a gentle giant so we re-named him Riley I work from home a few days a week so he was by my side most days but never tired of doing his most important job of alerting me when people would come to the door. Everyone loved Riley! He developed cancer in his back leg and we knew the time would come when we had to make that difficult decision to not let him suffer. I cannot say enough great things about Dr Elyse Persico. She was so kind and understood our devastating grief. I was so grateful that we were able to do this for Riley as he laid on his dog bed in his own home. He did not like going to the vet and I did not want him to experience that trauma as he was suffering. It truly takes a special person to do what Dr Persico does day in and day out. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to say our goodbyes and be with Riley just as he was there for us all these years.

Susan Taylor"

Susan Taylor
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"I cannot tell you how much my family appreciated the compassion showed to us by Dr. Elyse Persico. Saying good-bye to our sweet dog, Chance, was so incredibly hard. Dr. Elyse made the absolute worst day bearable by her thoughtfulness, her compassion and the gentle way she cared for Chance in his last moments. Dr. Elyse treated Chance as if he was her own dog. She didn't rush us and took her time to listen to our thoughts and reassure us along the way. Chance had zero stress, fear or pain. I highly recommend Dr. Elyse for this very difficult time."

Kim Larimer
Suffolk, Virginia

"I couldn't be more grateful for the services that Dr. Elyse provided my family. Losing my ferret Lyssa was hard enough. I put off making this decision as long as I could. She sat on my floor (which I'm assuming was beyond uncomfortable) the entire time and was very sweet to my other pets who wanted her attention. I've never gone through this process before and the Dr made it so much easier. I don't think I'd be in a healthy mental state without this service provided by these Drs. The job must be incredibly hard and emotional. She treated me and my family with absolute respect even though we were emotionally drained and in our tiny cluttered apartment."

Heather Thompson
Hampton, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse was phenomenal with my little kitty. She gracefully ended my girl's suffering at the perfect place-in my lap at my desk where my cat had spent about a third of her life. Nothing was rushed...everything was peaceful and respectful like it was her own cat. Dr. Elyse ensured my cat was pain free while she passed away and I couldn't have asked for a better doctor to help out the most important being in my life on her final day. Thank you so much, Dr. Elyse."

Greg McPheter
Hampton, Virginia

"Dr. Elyse truly made a difficult day easier with her kind and competent attention to Arti's transition. The phone assistants were also very helpful - we made the decision right at Thanksgiving, and Dr. Elyse was able to come out on that Friday despite the holiday weekend, which we were grateful for as it turned out to be a quiet weekend where we could gather with our pet and grieve together."

Ron Greenspan
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"We’re so thankful for Dr. Elyse. She came out on a Friday evening. She was so kind and treated Hunter with the utmost respect. All the way out the door. Dr. Elyse was our little light in a moment of darkness. Making sure we were all as comfortable as possible. Having to make this choice wasn’t easy but we’re blessed to have been able to be at home. Lap of Love is amazing and I would absolutely HIGHLY suggest using them."

Amanda Shirley
Norfolk, Virginia

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
“KOOOOOOOOOOOOHANA!! 😄

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Yesterday morning, I had to say goodbye to my little kitty and best friend for the last 15 years. I don't know how many busloads of orphans I must have saved in a past life to get her as my reward in this one, but I've never felt as grateful for ...
Greg McPheter
January 8, 2020
“Rebel “The King” as we called him was the best yellow American Labrador I ever met. Rebel was obedient, loyal, lovable. He loved to run and sometimes that would cause him to break through our electric fence barrier and run to the 13 acres behind us. And he would be gone for hours. When he decided to return he would be black and covered in mud but ...
Laura Templeton
December 29, 2019
“My beloved Bear, forever in my heart. Was the best dog ever. One in a billion and will be missed forever!!”
Patricia Fischer
November 29, 2019
“Zoey Toney will forever be loved and missed by her human parents, Scott and Marylyn Toney. She was an extraordinary girl, from her sparkling green eyes with the blue ring in the center that almost glowed, to her unique personality and an insatiable hunger for life and her food! She was our only baby (fur or otherwise), and an immensely beloved ...
Marylyn Toney
November 5, 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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