PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$285

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$385

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$285
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$335
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$385

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cedar urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$135
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$165
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$185
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$235

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 on a private farm with no visitation. 

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 5am - 8pm. 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. Elena

Elena Esparza

I grew up in Southern California and always had a general love for animals. During my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona, I was very fortunate to experience working with animals hands-on, which is when I really developed my passion and understanding that I wanted to become a veterinarian.  I have so many unforgettable experiences during college from livestock, foal watch, exotic species, companion animals, and even spent a summer in South Africa learning about wildlife.  

I attended the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine with an open mind as to what future career path I would take, but I found myself gravitating towards emergency medicine. After earning my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health, I completed my internship focused on small animal emergency. While working in emergency medicine, I faced many challenging cases that have allowed me to utilize some amazing skills, but it was the times when I was able to help a family say goodbye to their best friend that I felt I was able to truly provide a service that was immensely meaningful and important.  

When it does come time to say goodbye, having the opportunity to bring peace to your family and special companion while in the comfort of your own home is something so special and truly an honor for me to be a part of. 

Dr. Scott

Scott Nichols

A lifelong Arizonan, my commitment to animals was fueled by exploring the diverse ecosystems of our local canyons, rivers, and mountains as a child. From these days, I learned to deeply respect and love nature, the bonds we share with animals, and the world that sustains and inspires us all.

I was raised in a small town by parents in the medical field. They instilled a philosophy that medicine is a career of service, of helping people and supporting a community. This was back in a time when family doctors in small towns made house calls to check on their patients and as a kid, I got to tag along. It was humbling to listen as families celebrated healing and talked openly about illness and aging. Sometimes my dad could help and sometimes all he could do was listen and give comfort. So, I learned early that it is an honor to be a guest in a person’s home and a privilege to lend a hand.

I attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, inspired to study the limitless bond we share with our pets and the loving homes we create for them. For love, a small bed, and a bowl of food, they give us all their joy and happiness and there is never a dull moment. How lucky we are to have and care for them!

For the past 20 years, I have happily served in animal welfare roles for universities and the government. Over the years, I have worked on projects pairing Veterans with PTSD to service dogs, breeding endangered species, tracking bats and skunks for rabies detection, and studying the health of Alaskan fishes. I’ve worked in animal emergency hospitals, volunteered in Mexico to reduce animal overpopulation and lectured to veterinary students. It’s been wonderfully rewarding, but an important part was missing.

I joined Lap of Love to answer a personal calling, a desire to spend the second half of my career helping people and their pets in their homes and to honor the old-fashioned way of making house calls. Our world is full of inspiring people and animals. Getting to help you both makes me thankful to be a veterinarian every day.

About Elena Esparza

I grew up in Southern California and always had a general love for animals. During my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona, I was very fortunate to experience working with animals hands-on, which is when I really developed my passion and understanding that I wanted to become a veterinarian.  I have so many unforgettable experiences during college from livestock, foal watch, exotic species, companion animals, and even spent a summer in South Africa learning about wildlife.  

I attended the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine with an open mind as to what future career path I would take, but I found myself gravitating towards emergency medicine. After earning my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health, I completed my internship focused on small animal emergency. While working in emergency medicine, I faced many challenging cases that have allowed me to utilize some amazing skills, but it was the times when I was able to help a family say goodbye to their best friend that I felt I was able to truly provide a service that was immensely meaningful and important.  

When it does come time to say goodbye, having the opportunity to bring peace to your family and special companion while in the comfort of your own home is something so special and truly an honor for me to be a part of. 

"A lifetime of saying 'good-by' to fur-babies in kind but clinical environments always left a hole in my heart. Dr. Scott and Lap of Love changed a painful experience into a truly loving and comforting memory. We were able to sit in our yard under the shade of trees where we had spent so many enjoyable times with our beautiful shepherd. She loved Dr. Scott and graced him with many kisses. He was so kind to her and to us, taking the time to fully explain what we would experience and giving us time to say our farewells. You would not think that this would leave us with happy memories, but amazingly it does."

Jan Cordell
Glendale, Arizona

"The staff was amazing from the first phone call to the very end. I was blown away by their compassion and customer care I will be one of their best walking advertisments, bc they went above and beyond to comfort me during this difficult time.

The cost was comparable to what my local vet was charging for me to drive my dog to them. To be able to say goodbye at home and make my dog comfortable meant the world to me. I encourage people to watch the videos regarding "when to know it is the right time"...those were invaluable to me

Thank you for your service!

Kelli"

Kelli Chisholm
Gilbert, Arizona

"Even though it was a sad day for us, the Doctor was so wonderful. This was a very peaceful process for us despite the circumstances. Would recommend them highly!"

Cyndie Fisher
Mesa, Arizona

"Dr. Elena Esparza gave my precious man the most peaceful passing I could have ever imagined! Dr. Esparza was amazingly knowledgeable and so very compassionate; she carefully explained the whole process to me and answered all of my questions and addressed all my concerns. Lap of Love and Dr. Esparza also took every precaution during the pandemic to keep me safe. I could not imagine a better veterinarian and the in-home service where I did not have to stress and scare him by taking him into a veterinarian hospital - priceless! If you want the best way for your pet to pass, chose Dr. Esparza at Lap of Love."

Joshua Talboom
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr Scott was so caring and sympathetic to our needs, we appreciated that he helped through this time with caring heart"

Donna Probasco
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Elena was so kind and comforting as my little Jewels passed over Rainbow Bridge. She made what was a very difficult situation a bit easier. I will miss my baby girl but I know she is in a much better place now."

Patti Shay
Mesa, Arizona

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (602) 995-3757

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Phoenix

  (602) 995-5885

Pet Loss Support Group Phoenix Companion Animal Association of AZ

  (623) 974-1520

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, West Valley/Peoria

  (602) 750-8051

Deer Valley Counseling Pet Loss Counseling

  (480) 898-0001

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ, East Valley/Mesa

  (602) 866-0713

Pets Unlimited Grief Support (P.U.G.S.)

  (480) 991-1845

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital

  (480) 382-4320

Paws Bereavement, Pet Grief Therapy
Dennily Lerner, LCSW

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Maricopa County

We proudly serve the greater Phoenix area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional drive fee of $50-$75 depending on your location. Please call for more information. 

Pet Memorials
“This beautiful ebon German Shepherd, born in the Czech Republic in 2010, was beloved by morning walkers for blocks and blocks around. She was such a gentle and loving representative of her breed. Now she walks with Angels in Heavens golden leas. Strong and gentle, loving and funny, she enriched our lives.”
Jan Cordell
May 22, 2020
“To my beautiful boy, Schrödinger. Thank you for providing me with unconditional love. Thank you for climbing up onto my chest, reminding me in the darkest and loneliest times of my life, that I was not alone and that you cared. Thank you for every purr, ever little meow, every unclawed paw to my face to wake me up. I am sorry I could not save you; ...
Joshua Talboom
April 21, 2020
“Kiver was such a wonderful dog, he was quiet, enjoyed his walks around the neighborhood. Someone asked whats the worst think about having a pet? Well having to say your final goodbye as they pass away.”
Donna Probasco
April 19, 2020
“My sweet Sunshine was a special little soul. She was simply the sweetest cat I ever had the privilege of owning. She was pure joy wrapped up into a fuzzy ball of beautiful colors. She was always there with cuddles to make me feel better. She loved being with her family, Christmas, and chasing lasers. I'm so blessed to have had her these 16 years. ...
Laura Varela
April 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
P.O. Box 84562
Phoenix, Arizona 85071

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