Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

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 his condition.

Euthanasia$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

Includes a brief 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.

Geriatric Consultation$325
Evenings & Weekends$375

Includes an examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition and discuss symptom management, including pain and anxiety. We will 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.

Holidays$50-$100

Holiday appointments may be available. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Additional Fees

There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

Other Species

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as ferrets, hamsters and rabbits. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds and more will be quoted
Mailing of urn to your home or office$25
Hand-delivery of urn will be quoted,
based on location

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn within a velvet bag. They are available directly from the crematory, can be mailed to you for $25, or can be hand-delivered to your home for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$75
Pets 50 - 74 pounds$100
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100-124 pounds$175
Pets 125 -149 pounds$200
Pets 150 pounds and more will be quoted

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 together. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

We are often available 7 days a week. We do our best to be available whenever needed, often within 1-3 hours, but this may vary with location, time of day, and prior commitments. The more advance notice given, the easier it is to schedule the appointment time desired. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Local Resources section below.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Juliana Lyles, DVM

Like many veterinarians, I knew I wanted to be an “animal doctor” from the time I was very young. Even though I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with its abundance of domestic pets, there was never a shortage of injured wild animals, such as rabbits, baby birds, and even a field mouse or two whose tiny little eyes had not even opened yet, which needed my loving care.

I continued working towards my goal of becoming a veterinarian by receiving my bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Genetics from Iowa State University and my veterinary degree from Mississippi State University, where I also met my husband, William. We later added a furry member to our family, our adorable cat Trika.

Throughout my veterinary career I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of medical disciplines. I interned at an exotic animals only practice, cared for working Clydesdales and even studied animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. When my husband joined the army in 2010, we were relocated to Fayetteville, NC, where I concurrently worked at a small animal practice. After my husband completed his military contract, we moved back to my hometown of Chicagoland, where we plan to stay indefinitely.

I have always respected the bond between pets and their care givers, including the end of life care they receive. While I was still a young pre-veterinary student, I had to euthanize my beloved 11 year old ferret, and I realized how peaceful and comforting a process this can be when it’s done with the utmost respect and care . As a veterinarian, I hope to pass that reassurance on to all clients with whom I have the privilege of working.

Kristina Kalivoda, DVM

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in a family that has always valued pets as members of the family. I wasn’t entirely certain I wanted to be a veterinarian, ironically because I wasn’t sure I could handle euthanasia. I received my degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and then took a year off to work full time in a veterinary clinic as an assistant. We had only ever had dogs growing up, and I didn’t “understand” cats at all, but it was at that clinic that the hospital cat decided to attach himself to me and show me the way. 

I attended vet school at the University of Illinois the next year, graduating at the top of my class. While in vet school, I discovered a passion for working with exotic animals, and completed an internship in zoological medicine at Texas A&M University, followed by a residency in avian and exotic animal medicine at Cornell University. I did miss working with dogs and especially cats, and have spent the last few years in practice working with all species. 

Along the way, I collected several cats, including my long-haired orange guy Apollo. After moving back to the Chicagoland area, Apollo started to lose weight, vomit, and drink a large amount of water. He was already in severe kidney failure at the age of five. I kept him stable and happy for almost twelve months with intensive hospice care at home. He let me do everything I needed there, but he hated the hospital, so when it came time to say goodbye to him, I decided to let him pass at home. I was so surprised by how peaceful it was for him. I am so honored now to help other families say goodbye to their beloved pets peacefully and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.

I currently live in the northwest suburbs. I most recently said goodbye to my best buddy Oscar, an amazing brown tabby who saw me through all my schooling. I have a three-legged leopard gecko named Achilles, a cockatiel named Percival (Percy), and my little black cat Imp.

 

Alecia Du Charme, DVM

I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, but this is my first time living back in the Midwest in over 20 years.  While in my 20’s, I took a break from “real life” to travel, and wound up living in the mountains in British Columbia for several years.  Living in a remote area and working to help animals inspired me to become a veterinarian.  I earned a Biochemistry degree from UC Berkeley and graduated from UW Madison Veterinary School in 2011. I’ve worked in mixed-animal practice in Kansas, Wisconsin and most recently Canada.  While there, I performed many euthanasias in the comfort of the pet's home, and took great comfort in helping the pets and their families through this process.  I strongly believe in hospice work for people and animals, and I look forward to continuing to assist in this transition with gentleness and compassion. My dog, Leonard, is currently keeping me busy exploring the beaches and parks in the Chicagoland area. 

About Juliana Lyles, DVM

Like many veterinarians, I knew I wanted to be an “animal doctor” from the time I was very young. Even though I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with its abundance of domestic pets, there was never a shortage of injured wild animals, such as rabbits, baby birds, and even a field mouse or two whose tiny little eyes had not even opened yet, which needed my loving care.

I continued working towards my goal of becoming a veterinarian by receiving my bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Genetics from Iowa State University and my veterinary degree from Mississippi State University, where I also met my husband, William. We later added a furry member to our family, our adorable cat Trika.

Throughout my veterinary career I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of medical disciplines. I interned at an exotic animals only practice, cared for working Clydesdales and even studied animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. When my husband joined the army in 2010, we were relocated to Fayetteville, NC, where I concurrently worked at a small animal practice. After my husband completed his military contract, we moved back to my hometown of Chicagoland, where we plan to stay indefinitely.

I have always respected the bond between pets and their care givers, including the end of life care they receive. While I was still a young pre-veterinary student, I had to euthanize my beloved 11 year old ferret, and I realized how peaceful and comforting a process this can be when it’s done with the utmost respect and care . As a veterinarian, I hope to pass that reassurance on to all clients with whom I have the privilege of working.

"I had to make the most difficult decision of my life for my sweet Max three days ago. I can't believe how wonderful and compassionate these people are and how calming Dr. Kristina was for me and my sweet Maxwell. Max was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and had one chemo treatment, but it didn't seem to be working. He stopped eating and in my heart I knew another chemo treatment would be just too hard on him. He was 13.

Dr. Kristina confirmed I was making the right choice and explained in detail why when she examined him. The relief I felt knowing I was making the right decision for my boy calmed me down and I knew I was giving my precious boy a wonderful gift. Believe me, I wasn't sure I could do it. How much I was going to miss him sleeping on my head each night and greeting me at the door each day, plus many other wonderful things I'm missing at this moment. I called Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina was out at my home the next day. I was so moved how calming and peaceful this whole process was from start to finish. There was no stress for Max and he went knowing his mom was right by his side. Hysterical, but by his side.

These people are a godsend and I would highly recommend not going to vet for this - I never will again.

Thank you Lap of Love for making this difficult time a little bit easier and I know Max thanks you as well.

See you at the bridge Max.

Thank you Dr. Kristina so so much.

Kristy"

Kristy Krejci
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Kristina made it so much easier for me to let go of Kicius. She was very warm and kind, very professional.

She took time to write beautiful eulogy about Kicius. I'm forever greatful and will never forget it.

Thank You!"

Beata Klak
Chicago, Illinois

"From start to finish the entire team at Lap of Love was kind and compassionate. When Dr. Kristina arrived she was so calming and nice. She explained everything but was also very discreet and careful not to take away from the moment as she performed her work.

I HIGHLY recommend this service for the comfort of your pet and family. Our dog was able to safe at home, on her bed in her last moments.

Thank you so much for making this experience as easy as possible."

Katie Renner
Oak Park, Illinois

"While it was a very difficult decision to put my beagle Barney to sleep, Dr. Kristina did a wonderful job at making the ordeal as painless as possible and explaining all the options. Thankfully, I could tell that Barney was never in any discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Kristina could not have been more compassionate, professional, and understanding. Thank you, Lap of Love."

Keith Tadrowski
Chicago, Illinois

"Dr. Kristina could not have been more wonderful, loving and supportive. Thank you, Dr. Kristina, for your big, compassionate, loving heart."

Louanne Fries
Chicago, Illinois

"Thank you, Lap of Love, especially Dr. Kristina, for making Ringo's passing peaceful and comfortable in our home. It was the most difficult decision that we've ever had to make. We are grateful for your service and for being so compassionate as we said good bye to our Ringo."

Linda Vaden
Lisle, Illinois

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 548-5300

Premier Veterinary Group (Grayslake)

  (312) 644-8338

Working through pet loss support group

Emergency Clinic

  (773) 516-5800

Premier Veterinary Group (Chicago)

  (847) 459-7535

Veterinary Specialty Center Counseling Services - Becky Murray, LPC

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 673-9110

Blue Pearl (Skokie)

Pet Loss Support

  (630) 325-1600

Chicago Vet. Med. Assn. Pet Loss Helpline

Emergency Clinic

  (847) 564-5775

Blue Pearl (Northfield)

  (877) 394-2273

Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline

  (847) 885-3344

Golf Rose Animal Hospital

  (708) 749-4200

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in and around the Chicagoland area. There is no additional fee for travel to the area bounded on the north by IL-176, on the west by IL-59, and on the south by I-88/I-290/Eisenhower Expy.

Extended Travel Areas (additional charge applies to these and surrounding areas):

  • Waukegan
  • Grayslake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Antioch
  • Gurnee
  • Elgin
  • Aurora
  • Naperville
  • Downers Grove
  • Oak Lawn
Pet Memorials
“Kicius was my Sunshine. Happy and full of energy, sweet and wise, she brought so much love and joy to my life.
I will always love you. I miss you and will never forget you!”
Beata Klak
March 21, 2017
“There are no words. Kylie was with me for almost 19 years. She brought amazing energy to our home... so much love beamed through her big green eyes and her extraordinary heart. The loss and grief is unimaginable. Pray for my sweet girl. RIP Ky-Ky. We will see each other again.”
Louanne Fries
March 9, 2017
“To our very, very dear Ringo Dean, our precious gift from God, we all loved you so very much. Now our hearts are aching because we miss you terribly, especially Shadow. Your passing will bring us together to comfort Shadow and help him heal from the loss of his brother, his littermate, his constant companion and partner in crime <3 Thank you ...
Linda Vaden
March 8, 2017
“Words cannot express how much my little Sparky means to me. He would have been by my side 24 hours a day if he could, and he often was. I wouldn't have had it any other way. He liked to sleep at night on a little bed beside my bed. Every time I woke up at night, I would peek down to look at him and pet him. He never got up in the morning ...
Julie Donatelli
March 7, 2017
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Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
700 Nicholas Blvd #310
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Juliana Lyles