Greater Los Angeles
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 with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also mailed directly to your home or work.
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 sea.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 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.
Melissa Roth, DVM
San Diego, CA native here! Although a very social child, I found that if an animal (dog, cat, bird, turtle, you name it) was around, I would gravitate to the pet and not leave its side until I was told I had to do so.
I began my journey to becoming a veterinarian in earnest after working as an animal care giver and adoption counselor at the San Diego SPCA. Not only did I get to experience what truly resilient, loving, and adaptable creatures companion animals are, I also got to take note of how compassionate and giving us human beings could be when working towards a positive goal.
After completing my undergraduate requirements at UC Davis, I packed up and headed south where I attended the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. While there I volunteered heavily at the local animal shelters. Also during my time at LSU SVM my passion for small animal medicine blossomed and I knew caring for animals and becoming their advocate would always be an integral part of my life.
It is a real honor to be able to provide comfort and dignity to the pets and their loving family I am lucky enough to meet. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family's journey.
"You won't find a more caring, compassionate, gentle, respectful person to assist your beloved pet out of its misery."
Jill BaseyVan Nuys, California
"I want to thank Dr. Melissa Roth for her kind words and calm demeanor when helping our little Penny. She spoke to her sweetly as we did and petted her just like we did. This was a difficult and emotional moment and Dr. Melissa made us feel comfortable to express whatever we felt and gave us time with our sweet kitty. Thank you once again."
Diana LujanSouth gate, California
"Dr. Melissa could not have been more helpful, caring, and understanding the day I sent my little Rosy over Rainbow Bridge. From the initial call to Laps of Love that was answered so tenderly by Kelly, to Dr. Melissa's call to let me know she was on her way, I felt more comfortable with the hardest decision I have yet to make. When Dr. Melissa arrived, she was positive and reassuring, she brought a calming energy with her that I truly appreciate. She examined Rosy, asked a lot of questions as to her medical care up to that point, and confirmed that it was time to end her suffering. She explained the process, what she was doing, and why! I felt supported and relaxed, enough so that I could focus on being calm for Rosy and give her the best send off I possibly could. Rosy's last moments were beautiful, the day was sunny and cool. The wind chimes were blowing and singing to all of us. Dr. Melissa allowed me told Rosy for as long as I wanted and needed. When it was time to hand her over, Dr. Melissa did so with such care and compassion. I walked out with her to her car and kissed Rosy on her little face one last time. I covered her face and tucked her in, rubbed her back, told her I loved her one last time. Thank You for this incredible service! I dreaded taking Rosy to the vet, the car ride there, the cold stark room, trying to leave her, the drive home.... not at all what I wanted or what Rosy deserved. Instead, we were both at home, comfortable, and at ease."
Alexis Gerlach DeaClaremont, California
"Dr. Roth is truly a wonderful and caring person. She guided us through the process with gentle words and gave us ample time to say goodby to our little girl. Even though I was with my partner, I felt the need to give her a big hug, which she returned with a steady embrace. She offered to stay with us for if we needed it and encouraged us to call her if we needed some emotional support. At times like this it's difficult to express your feelings around a stranger, but Dr. Roth's gentle and kind words really put us at ease. She followed up with an email to make sure everything was ok and offered again to talk to us if we needed support. I would recommend her with out reservation. Thanks Dr. Roth"
David PieribonePasadena, California
"It's been a couple months now since needing to put our 16 year old cat, Joey, to sleep and didn't want to let any more time go by before expressing my gratitude to Lap of Love and more specifically to Dr. Melissa Roth. I just couldn't imagine taking Joey into the vet's office with all the commotion and other animal noises and smells to have her put to sleep. Calling Lap of Love was the very best answer to this very difficult time. From the kind fellow who answered my call to Dr. Melissa each step was filled with kindness. Dr. Melissa related instantly to Joey keeping her calm and at ease, which in turn assured me that I had made the right decision to call. She is gentle beyond words even as she described each step she would take. Thank you so very much for making this process possible at home and for the kind and peaceful spirit you brought."
Caron MurphySanta Clarita, California
"Dr. Melissa Roth is an amazing person. She gave her heart and soul to Lexi in her final moments.
I knew that Lexi felt extremely loved by her and trusted that everything would be ok as Dr. Melissa looked into
her eyes, spoke to her and petted her. She was truly an Angel of compassion and peace to Lexi and our family.
Thank you so much! We are blessed to have had this experience in Lexi's final moments here on earth."
Monika WoodsLeona Valley, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
PetLoss Partners: Dr. Sandra Grossman
Animal Specialty Group
VCA TLC Animal Hospital
Helping families in the following areas:
Dr. Melissa proudly serves families in Los Angeles County. There may be a travel fee of $50 based on travel time.
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.
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