Denver & Surrounding Areas
Dr. Kim will be unavailable from October 13th - 23th. Based on your area, our Loveland veterinarian may be able to assist, please reach out to our Support team for guidance. Otherwise, our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.
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.
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 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 veterinarian in your area.
Having grown up on a rural farm in Oregon, surrounded by horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and every animal in between, it was no surprise that I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and soon after moved to Colorado to follow my dream of working at a mixed animal practice in the Foothills. I loved working with a wide variety of animals and witnessing all different aspects of the human-animal bond, even those that may be considered "unconventional." I (laughingly) became the practice’s designated "chicken doc" and proudly treated every one of my patients with the utmost compassion and respect.
During my time in private practice, I found myself gravitating towards the appointments surrounding pain management, hospice medicine and end-of-life care. This interest strongly influenced me to complete the certification necessary to become a Licensed Veterinary Acupuncturist, furthering my ability to improve the quality of life of my patients.
My ability to help families come to terms with and find comfort in the transition towards end-of-life is something in which I take immense pride. The very foundation of becoming a veterinarian is a promise to help ease pain and suffering. My sole purpose as a veterinarian is to help pets maintain their comfort and dignity for as long as we are lucky enough to have them, and when the time comes, to assist in providing them a peaceful passing within the comfort of their own home.
It's an absolute honor for me to help families and their beloved pets during this difficult time.
Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA
"Dr. Kim made the experience of losing our beloved Skippy as good as it could be. She asked kind questions of how we wanted to proceed, which I was grateful for. My husband and son were there, and she allowed for us to get Skippy in a place of love, with Skippy in the middle of all three of us. Dr. Kim showed extreme compassion for Skippy and the three of us, and offered reassuring words that we desperately needed to hear. I only wish I had known that Lap of Love has hospice care as well. We would have absolutely taken advantage of that service after Skippy's terminal diagnosis, had only any of his doctors let us know about it."
"I cannot say enough about our experience through Lap of Love. They came right out after Bentley took a turn in the night. The woman that I spoke to on the phone was so patient and kind through my tears. When it was the time, Dr. Kim was so considerate and respectful with me. She handled Bentley with such care and talked to me during the whole time. I would definitely recommend them to anyone."
Shelby ClothierCentennial, Colorado
"Dr. Kim was amazing. I will be forever grateful for her incredible caring and kindness during a very difficult time for myself and Sabrina Too. She was beyond a comfort and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Carolyn AshEvergreen, Colorado
"Dr. Kim Bruce was very sympathetic and kind. I will use them again in the future."
Meghan GlassBrighton, Colorado
"Dr. Kim was so gentle and kind and compassionate when she came to our house to put our beloved 18-year-old Westie to sleep. She was like a little angel during this difficult event. She was so sweet to our dog and made certain he was comfortable. Dr. Kim made Comet's send-off pain-free and dignified. I can't express how lovely she was; she called her job "a calling" because not everyone can do this. She truly has a beautiful soul. Thank you for what you did for us."
Patty JaacksCentennial, Colorado
"Dr. Kim Bruce was amazing through the whole experience. My daughter was very attached to our dog and she insisted on being part of the experience. I was hesitant because she’s only 6, but Dr. Kim assured me it would be peaceful and it was. The whole process was so calm and not rushed or cold. It was truly an amazing way to say goodbye. I appreciate how caring and kind Dr. Kim was and honestly I don’t think it would have been as easy (or as easy as this kind of thing can be) without her. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Kim."
Christine BradfordDenver, Colorado
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The Human Animal Bond Trust, Denver
VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver
Individual Pet Grief Counseling, Denver
VRCC - Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Englewood
Pet Loss Support Group, Boulder
Denver Pet Urgent Care - Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Wheat Ridge
Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, Englewood, Stephanie Erkfitz, LCSW
Deer Creek Animal Hospital, Littleton
Gentle Psychotherapy, Boulder
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Denver area, including all or parts of Denver, Douglas, Elbert and North El Paso Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on your location.
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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 221572Denver, CO 80222