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 so sweet and caring during her visit. I know her job isn't easy, but I appreciated how smoothly the whole process went and how supportive she was in reassuring me that I was making the right choice for Jinx's sake."

Katie Levchuk
DENVER, Colorado

"Dear Dr. Kim,

Thank you so much for the kindness, compassion, and support. Even though we know that Rosie was/is an angel herself, I believe that even angels have angels. And you were definitely sent to Rosie, me, and my other furrbabies as "Acting Angel" this past Sunday.

I am so grateful that you came to help us through such a difficult day. I cannot thank you enough for giving both Rosie and me the gift of "Peace". She needed you to help her cross over comfortably and peacefully, which you did. And you helped me make sense of the timing of it all. I believe that Rosie spoke through you in letting me know that she stayed for me until she knew I would be fine. Thank you for that message and for helping me to make that connection with Rosie!

Although Bindi, Marcello, Isabelle, and myself are all mourning the loss of our sweet girl, because of you we can do so in peace.

Gratefully and Sincerely,

Sherry Pike"

Sherry Pike
Denver, Colorado

"What an amazing service Lap of Love and Dr. Kim Bruce provide. Bad memories of visits to the vets office with previous pets had made just the thought of letting my little girl go a truly unbearable task. The initial phone call, although difficult, was very professional and at the same time supportive and caring. Dr. Kim came to my home and was so incredibly kind and gentle, my Melly's passing was peaceful and tailored to what we needed. Being at home was the best choice and by far the most comfortable for us all. I will be forever grateful to Lap of Love, it takes true angels to do this work. Dr. Kim Bruce is HIGHLY recommended."

Kitty Magee
Lakewood, Colorado

"Dear, Dr. Kim and Tiffany, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Tiffany, thank you for answering my call, being so patient and caring while speaking with me on Saturday. You helped give me strength to make decisions with Willis. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Dr. Kim, I knew you were the one to come to my home and help me with Willis. Your presence was so calm and lovely. You helped me through this transition. Loosing Willis was one of the hardest moments of my life. I am forever grateful to both of you.

- Amanda Green"

Amanda Green
Denver, Colorado

"Dr. Kim -

Thank you for all of your compassion during our time of great distress. I couldn't have hoped for a better experience for our Oso going and am soooooo grateful for your help with making this very painful process as peaceful as it could be.

Thank you for filling your role in this emotional end of our life journey with Oso Vida.

You helped to make everything as pleasant as possible. I am glad that you were there and that Oso got to meet you.

Thank you for your service.

Jeremy. Shaina, Oso and Schatzi Burkett"

Shaina Burkett
Denver, Colorado

"Thank You Dr. Kim -

We were extremely fortunate to have you by our side in this difficult time. Abby was thankful too, I know, with the way she came at you when you arrived in the room.

We miss our dear girl Abby terribly, but the pain is gone. That’s the relief we should all remember.

You have a gift to do what you are doing and we admire you for having the strength. We wish you all the best in the future and are happier knowing that other families have you there with them.

As our son’s toddler class said in their thoughtful video to us on Friday - Abby is only on the other side of the rainbow.

Big hugs!

Thank you again - SO much."


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
“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
“Angel was the most loving, affectionate, & sweet kitty to ever own me! I miss her immensely! It's like a little part of me left with her. Looking back at the paperwork from when I originally adopted her, I believe she was at least 18 years old when she passed, so she lived a very full life!! I'm not sure I'll ever meet another kitty as perfect for ...
Dottie Clapp
December 16, 2018
“Your gentle, sweet, and loving soul is but a piece of what we are going to miss about you. We will always remember your loyalty, your strength, and your love for adventure. You were the cutest puppy I ever saw and were the most handsome and regal dog I've ever known. I will forever miss your loving eyes staring up at me and the comfort of your ...
Jill Greenagel
December 1, 2018
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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