PRICING AND INFORMATION


APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

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$275

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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 150 - 200 pounds$200

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 - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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

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

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. Bruce,

You were an absolute God send to our family! You helped make a horrible situation bearable because we knew it was the best way for Happy to go. Thank you so much for what you do and you’ll never know how much you did for us. Take care and I will definitely refer anyone we know to your service. Have a great day and thanks again.

Steve, Lynn and Kieran Smith"

Lynn Smith
Denver, Colorado

"Dear Dr. Kim,

Thank you for making yesterday a peaceful and calm passage for Luka. That meant so much to us. Although under sad circumstances, your presence in our home was truly a gift. Thank you for the memorial site recommendation, too. We've been contemplating ways to help us keep his memory alive as we grieve right now, and this a great resource.

We are forever grateful to you and to Lap of Love for helping us through this tough decision.

Sincerely,

Danny & Laura"

Danny Goodman
Denver, Colorado

"Dr. Kim,

I want to thank you with all my heart for the care and kindness you shared with us that morning. It made the process very peaceful. It filled my heart to be a part of the entire process including tucking her into the lift with the beautiful blanket and gently loading her in your car. She was so peaceful. I will cherish our experience with you on what will forever be a very sad day for me.

Thank you Dr. Kim, you are a living Angel.

Thank you Lap of Love…I am so very grateful to have found you.

Fondly,

Kim O’Shea"

Kim O'Shea
Denver, Colorado

"Thank you Dr. Bruce!

I just want you to know you made us very comfortable the way you walked me through the whole process. I’m still grieving and I don’t think I'll be ok for awhile, but I do know and feel it was the right time. Thank you again for your time and professional assistance Dr. Bruce!"

Eli Yoshida
Denver, Colorado

"Thank you Dr. Kim, We so appreciated your help yesterday. You helped make our saying goodbye to Ellie be filled with the dignity and grace our girl deserved. We will never forget you and greatly appreciate your unique ability to help pet owners through this sad process. Our best regards, Lecy and Galen Callender"

Lecy Callender
Denver, Colorado

"Dear Dr. Kim,

There are no words to express our gratitude to you and Lap of Love. Our aching hearts were taken care in the most kind and respectful way I've ever seen.

Thanks for sharing your angelical touch with our Max and my daughter Margarita. We are at peace to know that Max's last moments were touched by a wonderful soul - who was understanding of his pain before and provided comfort at the end.

Sincerely,

Shiring family."

Claudia Shiring
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
“Archie was our special little “Apple head” yorkie who was always happy and sweet. He went along with us as we moved to a new home and easily welcomed another rescued yorkie we brought into the home who became his best friend and brother. We miss him greatly especially his barks and cries when we came home from work. We hope he is running healthy ...
Dawn King
July 12, 2019
“Bobby was the best kitty in the world”
July 6, 2019
“Quincy you were the best dog EVER - I LOVE you so much and you will forever be in my heart....”
Debbie O'Brien
June 18, 2019
“Wonderful boy... missing you so much.”
janet cohen
June 18, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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, Colorado 80236

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