Boulder | North Denver
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 indian rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or work address.
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 on private property in the mountains north of Woodland Park.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us. In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 9pm. 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!
I always loved animals, but did not initially set my sights on veterinary medicine. In college, I majored in English and biology, and then pursued professional road bike racing across the US, Central America, and Europe. While winding down my cycling career in Italy, however, I met an affable black dog, who comforted me through homesickness and nudged me into the field of veterinary medicine.
Even in veterinary medicine, my path has been a convoluted one. I started out with an interest in orthopedic surgery as a student at Tufts, but later realized I was too sensitive and deliberative for the task.
During my internship in Tucson, I developed an interest in feline medicine, particularly pain control. Cats are especially stoic and often react adversely to medications approved for use in dogs, so I sought to develop new modalities for treating their pain. I followed this interest to my first job at an all-feline clinic. I enjoyed practicing feline-only medicine, but found my most rewarding cases to be those involving end-stage disease, as well as pain control and comfort care in geriatric cats. My greatest fulfillment was in the ability to relieve owner and pet suffering, whether by talking owners through the stages of terminal illness, by helping owners assess the quality of life of their beloved pets, by crafting palliative care regimens to ease passing, or by gently helping patients to pass. This interest in hospice care led on a journey from Lap of Love to an education in Tradition Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida, and then to an integrative small animal medicine clinic, and now, quite happily, back to Lap of Love, where I will be helping geriatric and chronically ill pets through the last phase of life, using modalities from acupuncture to nutrition to conventional western medications.
I am honored to have been received back into the esteemed Lap of Love community with open arms, and again to focus on the relief of patient suffering, perhaps the greatest gift a veterinarian can give.
Aimee Vasse, DVM
"Aimee was very kind and tender with me in my most vulnerable and heartbroken moment. Thank you Aimee."
Jennifer UsherFort Collins, Colorado
"Dr. Aimee, she was amazing, loving and patient. Karma just loved her and so did our whole family. Thank you for letting her last moments be peaceful, without pain. xoxoxo"
Tonya McDonaldWheat Ridge, Colorado
Jeff MansfieldMaitland, Florida
"We had never used Laps of Love before, so we were not sure what to expect. But Dr. Annie explained everything so that we understood exactly what was happening and what was going to happen. We were able to cradle our pup in our laps as she fell asleep. We are so glad to know our Angel was not stressed and the last faces she saw were her loving family. Dr. Annie made us feel very assured and good about our decision for our 15 year old friend."
Lori MannKissimmee, Florida
"Aimee was very professional, yet very loving and kind. Mostly she was very considerate of myself and my husband at
our time of sorrow.
She explained everything to us, and gave us our time with Samantha, and our space.
Because of her and Lap of Love services, this very sad time in our lives was made to be more easier to deal with
and gave my baby girl a very peaceful, comfortable death in the presence of her family and her own surroundings
where she felt most comfortable.
Patti Cuylernew port richey, Florida
"Our little Molly deteriorated quickly in the course of 24 hours. We had made an initial appointment with Lap of Love, but as I am sure happens often, owners start to rethink their decision, and we called to cancel (actually, postpone, because we knew it was only a matter of time before we would need them).
I set up our appointment with Brie, then spoke with Jennifer, and then called back for the rescheduled appointment with Courtnie. All of these telephone / email contacts were so kind, their voices to very soothing, and they were never judgemental - just helpful. I so respect that - and they were available at all hours it seemed!
Dr. Aimee was great about calling as she was headed our way, and when she arrived she met the person from Heavenly Paws Cremation Service of Tampa out in front of our home to coordinate his time to enter the house to get Molly. Dr. Aimee explained the process, was soft spoken, and very gentle with Molly. She treated her like her own pet, and we are so very appreciative of this. Dr. Melanie was along on this visit, and she too was so kind and so supportive.
The process was so surreal and so out of body almost for me as I was very emotional. My husband held Molly on his lap (she had gone down to 3 lbs) and our good-bye time was respected by both Dr. Aimee and Dr. Melanie.
What a lovely service to offer to those whose pets are suffering and unable to pass into peace on their own. They helped us know that Molly is now free of the pain, and they make you feel so humane in the process."
Beth ButlerTampa, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists
Friends of Friends
Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
Pet Loss Support Group
Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater North Denver area, including Boulder, Fort Collins and northern portions of Denver. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on your location.
To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.
We also accept Care Credit.
Lap of LovePO Box 434Niwot, CO 80544