All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn (optional engraved nameplate) and will be available to pick . They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee of $25.
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 in a garden at the crematory.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, my family never had a shortage of animals. Whether it was kitties, doggies, pot-bellied pigs, iguanas, guinea pigs, gerbils, sugar gliders, parakeets, cockatoos, rabbits, mice, turtles, or chickens…I have loved them all . Animals have always had such a special place in my heart since childhood, so becoming a veterinarian wasn’t even a choice…it was just the next step.
After Vet School graduation, I began an internship in Reproduction at Oklahoma State University. Studying the reproductive aspect of veterinary medicine gave me a profound respect for the gift of life. Being able to hand deliver calves, kids, foals, and puppies gave me an overwhelming appreciation for the life cycle of animals. The opportunity to assist with the magic of birth was a truly priceless experience that I am forever grateful for.
When I completed my internship, I moved into small animal private practice, relief medicine, and wellness clinics in both Oklahoma and Southern California. I have continued to study predominantly small animals, but not a day goes by that my Mom doesn’t ask for help in Oklahoma with her horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, birds, and of course…her beloved dogs and cats!! No animal will ever be off limits for me…I truly love them all.
Throughout my life, I have known all kinds of animals, both old and new. But one thing that I have grown to understand and respect, above all, is the bond between owners and their beloved pets. In my opinion, there is no greater unconditional love or everlasting friendship. That is what brought me to Lap of Love. I consider it a privilege to know each animal I have ever met, and I have extreme respect and compassion for YOU… their owner. To me, there is no greater honor than being able to comfort, acknowledge, support and understand both pets and their loving owners through such difficult times.
I myself have experienced pet loss many times in my life, and it doesn’t get any easier or any less heartbreaking. Being able to provide pain relief, peace, and comfort to our babies when they need it most…is everything. I truly believe that the love and compassion we give to our pets during their life should be given to them in their final moments, and I am forever honored to be a part of that process.
To all of the wonderful families that have allowed me to be a part of their beloved baby’s journey: I am honored, touched, and forever inspired by your selflessness.
"One year ago today I had to say goodbye to Petunia. She was my 14 year old sweet little terrier mix and she meant the world to me. I've missed her more than I thought possible. The care, expertise, empathy and professionalism that Dr. Tina offered at the end of Petunia's life has remained a comfort to me whenever I'm reminded of the pain of losing my best friend. Dr. Tina helped me feel confident in the timing of my decision and her concierge style service made the process seamless and dignified. I will always be grateful for Tina's guidance, patience and heart. Of all the vets I saw over the course of Petunia's life, Dr. Tina was the best. An entire year later I'm still thinking about how lucky we were to have found you. Thank you, thank you for being a ray of light for me and Petunia. Mary"
Mary PomerantzWest Hollywood, California
"Dr. Tina was truly a blessing to have had in our home to help Gus cross over. Gus was in the end stages of Lymphoma and was not feeling well at all. Dr. Tina was compassionate and gentle with her words to me and with the way she spoke to and touched Gus- a genuinely kind and caring person. I could tell Gus liked her and welcomed her and the relief. Dr. Tina helped Gus cross over in the most peaceful manner, I never expected it to be such a loving and freeing experience for us and for Gus. Gus passed so peacefully with the sweetest most content look on his handsome face. I burned a candle for Gus next to some pictures of him the night after he passed. Now I am remembering all of the wonderful things about him and the fond memories I have of all the great times we shared! I am forever grateful for Dr. Tina as she made our beloved family dog's passing a safe and tranquil experience for Gus and our family."
Jen KSanta Monica, California
"Dr. Tina's kindness and compassion and her gentle manner with Jesse and with me was so helpful in getting Jesse over the Rainbow Bridge. I will always be grateful to her."
Margot BernalLos Angeles, California
"I don't know of anyone who would have been more thoughtful, considerate or loving than Dr. Tina in helping my beautiful Jesse cross the Rainbow Bridge. Her gentleness and kindness will remain with me forever. She not only helped my Jesse but helped me as well get through a very difficult time. Thank you so much, Dr. Tina. You are a blessing and so appreciated."
"I wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tina for her help when our 14 year old cat Joey was diagnosed with cancer. Joey was literally born into my hands (we have his mom) and chose me as his human from day one; we were closely bonded and Joey was a one of a kind cat. I can't describe how lucky we feel to have shared these years with him. He got sick very suddenly and we only had a day or two to prepare ourselves and say goodbye; making the call was incredibly painful even though we couldn't stand to see Joey in pain. Dr. Tina was amazingly warm, kind, compassionate and understanding when she came to our place. She did a great job of soothing Joey and his humans during those final moments, even staying afterwards to hear some of our stories about this crazy cat of ours. I'm really glad that Dr Tina found her way into our lives on that day."
Andre RanieriPasadena, California
"Dr. Tina made an incredibly painful day into a special passing for our cat, Albus. She was so quiet and understanding, explaining everything calmly throughout the process, and giving us time to say goodbye. Though we were grieving, because of Lap of Love we were able to let him go in our own home, and give Albus the best day possible."
Amanda TroopLos Angeles, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dr. Sandra Grossman
VCA TLC Animal Hospital
City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
Animal Bereavement Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
Dr. Tina proudly offers services to families in the Los Angeles area and most cities in Los Angeles County. A travel fee may be assessed based on distance and travel time from the veterinarian's home.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048