Denver & Surrounding Areas
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 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 was everything you hope your doctor to be in this circumstance. She was kind, honest, and respectful. As my husband and I sobbed our final goodbyes to our best friend, Dr. Kim was reassuring and sympathetic. She made the entire process very calm and peaceful and handled everything with love and care."
Jill GreenagelDenver, Colorado
"This was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make and Dr. Kim Bruce helped us with tenderness and a true caring for us and for the comfort of our little Roxie."
Robb Linnemann-SilverbregAurora, Colorado
"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
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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 36211Denver, CO 80236
The Denver Post: Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice in Denver Offers Tips for Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet Around the Holidays