Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Euthanasia$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$275
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$100
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$150
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

Availability

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.

Meet the Doctor

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

Dr. Kim

Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA

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.

About Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA

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.

"Dr. Kim was very kind, compassionate and caring as she assisted our baby boy have a peaceful passing, at home with his family right there. Duke let us be a part of his life for nearly 19 years, and we miss him dearly. We are forever grateful for Dr. Kim and Lap of Love for providing this wonderful service and for making a most heartbreaking situation a little easier."

Maryanne D
Golden, Colorado

"It's been almost a month since Dr. Kim helped us say good-bye to our 13-year-old lab Kepler. She was so compassionate and caring, and made the whole process as peaceful and beautiful as possible. From all of our family, thank you!"

Meg Safko
Denver, Colorado

"Dear Dr. Kim,

You are a class act. This was made easier by your kindness. The fact that you saw how handsome Leon was and what his personality was like, means a lot to us. Right off the bat, he told us he liked to be called handsome!

Thanks again for your support.

You will be highly recommended!

With Gratitude,

~ Leilani"

Leilani Henry
Conifer, Colorado

"Dr. Kim was amazing when she came to the house to help us with Honey's end of life. She was so loving with Honey, caring and professional. These times are never easy but she helped make this process the best it could be. Thank you Dr. Kim for what you do. The world needs more of you."

Joann Martin
Lakewood, Colorado

"Dr. Kim was so awesome. She explained everything and put me at ease when she said I wasn’t ending Sienna’s life but rather shortening her death. Even at nearly 18 years old, I was concerned that I was ending her life too soon, and it was nice to hear Dr. Kim tell me I was making the right decision."

Jessica Andersen
Denver, Colorado

"Our 12 year old Aussie Shepherd mix - Trixie had Degenerative Myelopathy and was incontinent. She ceased having a dogs life. This was our first time using in home euthanasia and although the cost was probably higher than taking her to a vet, Trixie was so dear to us, we wanted to give Lap of Love a try. Dr. Kim Bruce was professional, empathetic, and compassionate. Yes, it was difficult to let your pet go, but the home setting and personal treatment was better for us."

Gary Bishop
Golden, Colorado

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (303) 318-0447

The Human Animal Bond Trust, Denver

  (303) 366-2639

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver

  (303) 817-8571

Individual Pet Grief Counseling, Denver

  (303) 874-7387

VRCC - Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Englewood

  (303) 442-4030

Pet Loss Support Group, Boulder

  (303) 433-3291

Denver Pet Urgent Care - Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Wheat Ridge

  (303) 318-0447

Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society

  (303) 424-3325

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

Pet Loss Support Group

  (303) 874-7387

Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, Englewood, Stephanie Erkfitz, LCSW

  (303) 973-4200

Deer Creek Animal Hospital, Littleton

  (720) 352-0930

Gentle Psychotherapy, Boulder

Service Area

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. 

Pet Memorials
“Sweet Honey Girl, you will be missed so much. I’ll miss that wagging tail coming out to the driveway to greet me when I come home. The nosing and whining when it’s your breakfast and dinner time and everything in between. You were the best most loyal friend a girl could have . My heart is broken but your memory will stay with me forever and ...
Joann Martin
March 31, 2019
“Sienna was the most loving and non-cat like cat I’ve ever met. Wherever I was, she wanted to be too, sitting in my lap. She loved everyone she met, including Dr. Kim. I am so glad I was able to give Sienna a dignified and loving end to her wonderful life.”
Jessica Andersen
March 17, 2019
“To my precious little man, my little shadow, my jinxy boo, your mommy and daddy miss you so much. You were such a good boy and always so well behaved. My heart is broken that I had to let you go but I know it was for the best. I'll miss you sleeping next to me, stealing food off my plate, and making biscuits on me. I love you so much.”
Katie Levchuk
February 12, 2019
“Charles was a small dog with a huge attitude and he made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was by my side all through my late-teens and early-twenties. We moved across the country multiple times and experienced many changes during that time. He was the one consistent in my life and provided me with countless moments of love and laughter. ...
Maja & Jake Verduzco
January 6, 2019
Payment Options

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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 36211
Denver, CO 80236

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