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.

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. 

"Dr. Nichols was absolutely wonderful in every regard. Though a difficult circumstance, we were most thankful and relieved to experience such a peaceful way to say goodbye to our beloved Jack Russell. Couldn't imagine doing this any other way! Thank you sir!

Mark Taylor"

Mark Taylor
Apache Junction, Arizona

"Dr. Esparza,

I would like to thank you for your compassion and sensitivity during a very difficult time. Your support and understanding are appreciated more than you know. It was comforting to know Stanley was in very good hands.

Thanks again!"

Dona Bonaiuto
Litchfield Park, Arizona

"Dr. Elena was so patient and kind. She brought peace to little Agnes, and ultimately, to me as well."

Karen Main
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Elena Esparza was very kind and compassionate in assisting

us with the transition of our loving pets. She made the process as easy as can be and took her time to explain each step. Although a very difficult choice to make regarding our loved ones, I would highly recommend her for easing any worry.

Thank you for your kindness and care."

Michael & Cheryl Abad
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Elena was exactly who we needed during this difficult time. Lap of Love along with Dr. Elena gave us the gift of allowing Bronco to go at peace in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. Dr. Elena was very supportive, caring, and let us know what was happening along the way. She has a warm presence about her that helped us through this incredibly difficult time."

Jenna Haggerty
Gilbert, Arizona

"AMAZING......Dr. Nichols was so gentle not only with our girl but with us, he explained everything with true heart and compassion and went at our pace. He gave us alone time to grieve and was so gentle with her even after she passed.....I will never forget when he and my husband put her on the gurney and he instructed my husband to hold her head so it didn't fall, I knew once he walked out the door with our loved one that she was still going to be in excellent hands and knew AGAIN, we made the right choice. He also sent a hand written card of condolences which we just got and that meant everything too....thank you and request him if you ever are faced with this painful decision....I promise, you will be as comforted as possible during such a painful time."

Lisa Smith
Scottsdale, 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
“Stanley,
I want to thank you for all the joy, fun and companionship you have given me since I brought you home at 5-months old. At 5-months I was hoping you would grown into those big floppy ears you had as they were bigger than your head, but eventually you did. You have brought many laughs from your Beagle howl, to playing hide and seek with ...
Dona Bonaiuto
February 18, 2020
“My best friend and companion for the last five years, thank you, Agnes, for coming into my life and bringing such joy and comfort to me. You were the best travel partner! In the past 5 years you visited:
Lawrence, KS
Des Moine, IA
Some small town in Nebraska
Englewood, CO
Corrales, NM
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Centennial, CO
You learned ...
Karen Main
February 8, 2020
“To our "fluffy kids" Our sweet boy Rio and sweet girl Sierra,
Thank you for filling our hearts with your love and companionship through the years and being there to greet us at the end of the day with your big puppy smiles and wagging tails. We hold you both forever in our hearts and are missed dearly! The pain that goes with the missing of our ...
Michael & Cheryl Abad
February 6, 2020
“Everyone has the best dog, and Bronco was ours. He always met us at the door to greet us no matter how our day was. He was eager to take us on walks, as he always some how managed to pull his own leash to say "Come on! Let's get going!". He had quite the unique face and personality and overall was an incredibly happy dog that was adored by our ...
Jenna Haggerty
January 30, 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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