Orlando & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, peaceful euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes an 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 rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - 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 between 5-7 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 by the crematory.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.
I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.
I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members.
Stacy Michele Blake, DVM
I was born and raised in Decatur, IL, the “Soybean Capital of the World.” One of my fondest childhood memories is from my eleventh birthday, when a gray kitten wearing a pink bow jumped out of a box and into my heart. Being my first pet cat, Hilary (named after a character on "All My Children" in the 80s) was a gift that would pave my road to veterinary medicine. Through the years, she gave me comfort and made me laugh. I couldn’t imagine life without her. I’d always loved animals, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Then one day, I honestly had one of those “aha moments" while standing in a pet store at the local mall. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for animals!
While in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I gained experience with horses, cows, pigs and goats, but cats and dogs were still my favorites. I graduated with my DVM degree in 1999, and could not wait to escape the cold Midwestern winters to start my career in sunny Orlando, FL. Of course, Hilary moved along with me. She was starting to show signs of her advancing age. A few years later, while battling several chronic illnesses, I could see a decline in her quality of life and I knew it was time to say "goodbye." I loved Hilary for 18 years, and she taught me first-hand, the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have worked in small-animal, general practice now for over fifteen years, and I enjoy seeing excited “new parents” with puppies & kittens, but I find the challenges of caring for older companion animals to be much more rewarding. I have such respect for my aging patients, and I have had the privilege of seeing many of them through their entire lives. Our pets are living longer, and I strive to make their “golden years” the best they can be. And when it’s time, I want to make the end-of-life process less stressful and more peaceful for these beloved animals.
Elizabeth Gill, DVM
Even as a child growing up in Clearwater, Florida, I had a strong desire to help animals in need. I finally convinced my parents to let me have a puppy, then a kitten, and ultimately a horse, a little girl’s dream come true. It was ultimately that horse that led me to become a veterinarian. When I was 16, she suffered a severe injury and I was faced with a life or death decision. I took it upon my 16 year old shoulders to nurse her back to health and from that day forward I dedicated myself to learning all that I could about veterinary medicine and I have strived to provide the very best care I possibly could to all my furry patients.
I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM in 2005, and started my veterinary career as an equine vet. A few years into that career path, I was pulled into companion animal medicine and though I still love horses, I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to helping the smaller varieties of pets. I have spent my career trying to extend animal’s lives as long as possible, and I now feel privileged to be able to provide as peaceful a passing as possible to those furry beloved family members who are no longer experiencing the quality of life they deserve.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"I could not have picked a better way to let her go. She was too weak to walk and eat. I called Dr. Annie last minute, but she was able to come the same day. Grace passed away after the sedative, as if all she needed was permission to go, but we finished the process all the same. The procedure was calm and full of caution and I honestly felt that Dr. Annie understood how to handle every step with care and love. I would recommend the services to everyone. The paw print is another great addition to the keepsakes I have of her and i'm grateful for it."
Elizabeth HoffmannOrlando, Florida
"Our buddy Cabo was with us for 16 plus years, he was family and we only could ask for the best for him in all situations. He was getting very weak and couldn't keep his balance anymore. We syringe water and hand fed him for three months. When it came to letting him go to his next adventure i couldn't have done it without Dr. Anne, she was compassionate and kind and very patient with us . It was a beautiful day, out under our tree. Cabo spent time there with us, then walked right up to Dr. Anne and spent a few moments greeting her then came back to me with approval i guess. He passed quietly and peacefully in his own yard. I would have paid triple the cost for this opportunity to have him rest in peace in his home. My heart hurts for those little feet to track across our house, but i have no regrets. Thank you for making that day bearable . I will always be grateful ."
joyce wolanorlando, Florida
"For 18 years and 4 months, we loved and cared for Gizmo. He was not just a pet to us, but our child. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts, and life will not be the same again. At the worst time ever of having to say goodbye to him, we were fortunate to have the care and compassion of Dr. Elizabeth to guide us through. Kind, compasssionate and extremely understanding, she gave us, but more importantly Gizmo, the peaceful passing he deserved, and that all dogs should receive. At home, with his mum and dad next to him. No fear, no pain, just peace. I am not sure how any of the vets from Lap of Love do what they do, but thank goodness they do. For anyone dreading this moment in life, I would highly recommend Dr. Elizabeth and Lap of Love to help you and your cherished fur baby.
Lap of Love was recommended to me by my regular vet, and I am thankful he did. Dr. Elizabeth made the worst moment in time, somewhat bearable, and gave us the memory of a peaceful passing in the home that he loved."
Hayley BrayOrlando, Florida
"I can not thank Dr. Elizabeth enough for all that she did to help our little Barney's transition to the Rainbow Bridge go so peacefully - for him and for us. Barney was a miniature poodle and lived for 18 years so he was truly a member of our family. It was an incredible experience to be able to keep him at home. We could be with him and love on him and kiss him goodbye. As difficult as it was was, it was so comforting to know that he was so at peace, thanks to the experience, demeanor and care of Dr. Elizabeth. I highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is faced with making this difficult decision.
Thank you again for everything."
Mary Ann AguerrevereOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Annie was so sweet and compassion. We were so blessed that we could spend our last moments together with Pal in our home instead in a cold clinic. Thank you Dr. Annie and Lap of Love."
Tracey PlaninzOviedo, Florida
"This was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make. Piper was my "Sweet Lil' Baby Girl" and was the happiest when nestled into my neck with her little head on my shoulder. We were both spoiled by the mutual love connection. She was unofficially diagnosed with Lysosomal Compartment Disease, approx 2 yr life span, by our vet after the Specialists were not able to make a diagnosis. Piper always had balance and coordination issues but never suffered except when traveling in a car to and from the vet. She was noticeably losing her hearing and eyesight and showed signs of weakness in her muscles. The worst part is, she was only 2 years and 3 months old and very mentally aware of her surroundings. This is where Dr. Annie comes in. She visited us and watched Piper with us and the other pets and was able to help us feel confident in the dreaded decision. Piper's quality of life as a canine was declining and would soon be non-existent. When Dr. Annie said, "A week early always beats a week late.", I knew we were doing the right thing at the right time for Piper. Dr. Annie's demeanor was so warm and comforting I saw through her eyes the true care and concern in her heart. Thank you so much for what you do and for offering this opportunity to embrace closure in our own home."
Lina StrubeLongwood, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)
Helping families in the following counties:
Our veterinarians proudly serve all or some of the counties named above. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of up to $60 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.
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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
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