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.

"Hi,

I just wanted you to know that Dr. Kim was so wonderful! This was my first time ever having to decide to let my dog go and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I called at least 10 times to schedule the appointment and each time I could not speak and had to call back. I was hyperventilating and could not stop crying. I had my dear sweet Frodo for 12 years and he was my very best friend. For several months he had been suffering with what I thought was Lumbar Stenosis and he was having trouble walking with his back legs dragging and the right one in particular he would hold up very often and hop around. It was not until I took him to a pain clinic that they informed me he actually had bone cancer in that leg. They said it already spread and all we could do was either remove the leg and hope or euthanize... He was still eating and was mentally alert but he was doing strange things... he got upset if I would leave him. He would trash my condo. The last straw - he jumped into the hot shower with me... I felt this was him telling me it was time because he hated the shower... so I do feel this was his way to let me know he was ready. Dr. Kim came and was so sweet to us and Frodo. She made it so much less painful... I helped her carry him out (75 pounds) and I held him as he got the first shot (he smiled when the pain went away and Dr. Kim said he was smiling) and then I held him for the second shot and said goodbye. I still cry thinking about him and this was on July 5th. I just cannot say enough about how having Dr. Kim come to the house was the right thing to do... I'd rather not see him suffer like he was even though it did nearly kill me to make the call. He went peacefully, with no pain... better than most of us can hope for!

Mitch Stillman

Parker, CO."

Mitch Stillman
Parker, Colorado

"Dr. Kim Bruce was so professional, sincere, and kind. Kelly and I are grateful to have had Togo's passing be guided by such a kind person.

We also want to acknowledge that Dr. Kim has chosen to take on the human emotion that comes with the loss of a pet, and we are grateful that she is willing, even if transiently, to allow space in her own heart for that kind of connection with complete strangers."

Noelle Northcutt
Aurora, Colorado

"On behalf of Ally, David and our furry family of Lhasa Apso babies and especially Marley I want to express our sincerest appreciation for making our last minutes with Marley far better than we could have hoped for under the circumstances.

We will always remember the courtesy, caring and professionalism you provided all of us at very sad time. Our angel was in very good hands.

In sincere appreciation,

LouDog, Lola, Goldie, Taz, Teddy, Ally, David and Larry"

Larry Esquibel
Littleton, Colorado

"Dr. Kim helped us give our beloved Maria the most peaceful and dignified send off we could possibly imagine. Thank you Dr. Kim for your kind heart and reassuring words at such a difficult time."


Castle Rock, Colorado

"Thank you so much, it has been such a sad experience , but you helped so much to make the transition as easy as possible. I am so glad to have found you, and your gentle calming manner was so reassuring.

Thank you again for being the one to help Riley cross over, it is truly appreciated on every level of the heart.

Juliet"

Juliet Edwards
Arvada, Colorado

"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

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
“Bobby was the best kitty in the world”
July 6, 2019
“We miss you so much sweet Sam. You're silly actions, your sweet disposition, your constant doggy smile and companionship. I hope we brought as much joy to your life as you brought to ours. We will miss and love you forever.”
Nicole Lindberg
June 3, 2019
“Love with all our heart and Play to the fullest!”
Frances Gordon
April 28, 2019
“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
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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