FACES of Orange County 2018

MARY GARDNER, DVM – LAP OF LOVE

The Face Of Veterinary Hospice And In-Home Euthanasia

“I love gray muzzles!” Veterinarian, Dr. Mary Gardner, has always had a passion for older pets. And she has been instrumental in revolutionizing the care of geriatric pets through her company, Lap of Love, founded in 2009 with fellow veterinarian, Dr. Dani McVety.

Lap of Love is a nationwide network of compassionate veterinarians that offer in-home hospice and end of life care for pets. With veterinarians located in almost every state, their goal is to honor the human-animal bond by empowering every owner to care for their pets in this last phase of life.

“Veterinary hospice is not about extending suffering, but rather preventing suffering from occurring at all. We provide education and a web-based tool to help pet parents assess their pet’s quality of life.”

According to Gardner, a Yorba Linda resident, veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to a pet’s end-of-life needs, one that focuses specifically on managing symptoms and maintaining happiness and quality of life for as long as possible.

As the pioneers in this new sector of animal health, the Lap of Love veterinarians believe all pets and their family deserve the most compassionate and supportive euthanasia experience. As stated on their website, ‘we do this work because it is an honor’.

855.933.5683 | Lapoflove.com

Photography by Jason Wallis Photography