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$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175
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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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 Doctors

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

Julie Hasenfratz, DVM

I was an opinionated kid with very clear ideas of what I wanted and where I was going. I don't remember when I decided to become a veterinarian; I recall it as a constant and a given that veterinary medicine would be my career. 
 
The day I was accepted to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine was the happiest day of my life!

After graduation, I was an associate in a general practice clinic. I loved my patients, especially the geriatric pets. Early in my career, I realized that my patient's final vet appointment was the most important one. I did my best to make that appointment as peaceful and dignified as possible, but the reality was instead of being at home, they were in a clinical setting, which was less than ideal for my patients and their families. I, myself, arranged for in-home appointments for several of my own pets, and saw firsthand how beneficial it was to the entire family.  
 
I began my career as a hospice veterinarian to provide a good quality of life for geriatric pets and those with chronic illnesses, to offer a gentle last appointment for my patients, and to keep the bond between pets and parents intact. I consider it an honor to be present and participate in this very spiritual time. 
 
Besides my work as a veterinarian, I am fortunate to have a wonderful family consisting of my husband, my beautiful Diego, a Great Dane-Lab elder statesman, and my two former Nicaraguan street dogs, Nica and Chica (aka the hooligans). I recently lost my orange tabby, Emily Marie, to chronic renal disease and am sadly Pugless at this time. Besides my family, I enjoy the Colorado outdoors, kayaking, chocolate, and my very tiny camping cabin by the lake.

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 Julie Hasenfratz, DVM

I was an opinionated kid with very clear ideas of what I wanted and where I was going. I don't remember when I decided to become a veterinarian; I recall it as a constant and a given that veterinary medicine would be my career. 
 
The day I was accepted to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine was the happiest day of my life!

After graduation, I was an associate in a general practice clinic. I loved my patients, especially the geriatric pets. Early in my career, I realized that my patient's final vet appointment was the most important one. I did my best to make that appointment as peaceful and dignified as possible, but the reality was instead of being at home, they were in a clinical setting, which was less than ideal for my patients and their families. I, myself, arranged for in-home appointments for several of my own pets, and saw firsthand how beneficial it was to the entire family.  
 
I began my career as a hospice veterinarian to provide a good quality of life for geriatric pets and those with chronic illnesses, to offer a gentle last appointment for my patients, and to keep the bond between pets and parents intact. I consider it an honor to be present and participate in this very spiritual time. 
 
Besides my work as a veterinarian, I am fortunate to have a wonderful family consisting of my husband, my beautiful Diego, a Great Dane-Lab elder statesman, and my two former Nicaraguan street dogs, Nica and Chica (aka the hooligans). I recently lost my orange tabby, Emily Marie, to chronic renal disease and am sadly Pugless at this time. Besides my family, I enjoy the Colorado outdoors, kayaking, chocolate, and my very tiny camping cabin by the lake.

"Julie was knowledgeable and compassionate. She gave us the peace and comfort we needed to make the best decision for Genghis. She is an angel."

Norah Lile
Castle Rock, Colorado

"Our 9 yr old mastiff needed help quickly, his health had rapidly deteriorated and he was suffering. I called his vet and they explained they couldn't make a mobile visit on such short notice. After a few phone calls, someone recommended I call Lap Of Love. Thankfully they were able to make a trip out that afternoon. Dr. Kim Bruce was wonderful! She was exactly who our family needed in that trying time. She was compassionate, professional, kind, caring, patient and knowledgeable. She helped reassure us we were doing the right thing for our boy. Having to put our sweet boy to sleep was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. I'm so thankful Kim Bruce helped make the experience something we can feel good about knowing he was with us, he was at ease and he left so peacefully. He deserved the best and he got it! Thank you, Dr. Kim."

Tori Lac
Pine, Colorado

"Dr. Kim Bruce was amazing! She was so kind, compassionate and caring during one of the hardest moments of my life. This was the first time I did this at home, as my other cat Jackson was so bonded with Xander in the short time they were together. I thought it best he witnessed this event to help him grieve as well. She made the process bearable, and was so accepting of my tears and helped to ease the pain. She was born to do this, and helped our furry family in time of need, and is greatly appreciated. Thank you Dr. Kim!"

Lisa Tuetken
Denver, Colorado

"When our dog's kidneys started to fail, it quickly became apparent that we didn't have much time to determine what to do, as he was fading fast. We were happy with our vets but didn't want to have to take him down there and have him put to sleep in a clinical situation, so we stumbled onto Lap of Love and Dr. Julie. She was so compassionate and sensitive and tactful that she made an unbearable decision easier to deal with. We still get all teared up, but think that Harley's last minutes were peaceful and pain-free. These folks have our unqualified recommendation."

Dennis & Charla Smyth
Lakewood, Colorado

""Thank you so much for coming to our home on the final hour of Cooper life. Cooper was our family dog for 9 years and putting him down was a difficult decision. We knew it was the best for him, you made a very hard situation easier with your kindness, concern and professionalism. We will miss him so much. You made the whole experience much easier on us and on Cooper. He was with us in our home till his last breath. And we are thankful that you offer this service, it made his passing much easier on him and us."

Thank you for the wonderful service you provide.

Phil A.

Monument, Colorado"

Phil Acevedo
Monument, Colorado

"Thank you Dr. Julie for a "beautiful death" and a dignified passing. You are an angel and were born for the job you hold. I cannot praise your efforts enough. You made one of the worst days of my life bearable. Thank you for your compassion and caring. You are a jewel."

Eileen Ward
Denver, 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
“I only got to be with Genghy for 10 years - not nearly enough. But 20 or 30 years wouldn't be enough.. He was unlike any dog I ever met, and I don't even have the words to describe how much I love him or how much I miss him. I don't know what I'll do without his constant companionship and unconditional love.”
Norah Lile
November 28, 2017
“Sweet baby Xander ~ you stole my heart the moment I met you... and I am so sad you had to leave this earth so soon. But, I am forever grateful I had the short time with you that I did- you provided immense joy, laughter, snuggles and love and were the perfect little brother to Jackson.

You touched the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to ...
Lisa Tuetken
October 18, 2017
“Wrigley, oh Wrigley. The love of my life. I was not your owner, but you gave me so much joy.! Tom was your Papa and I was Tom's girl. He introduced me to you and let me know that you were his number one. I didn't mind, because you were our number one together. You've hunted, you've fished, you've fetched, you've swam, you traveled, you ate ...
Eileen Ward
August 27, 2017
“Born May 19, 2009; Passed away July 14, 2017

The gift of her loyalty and devotion, equal in measure to the grief of her passing.”
Tom Sterner
July 17, 2017
Payment Options

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.

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