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.

"From the minute I called Lap of Love, I was met with such warmth and compassion and felt enveloped in a cocoon of love. Last week my husband and I were traveling with our two dogs from Durango, Colorado to the Big Island of Hawaii and on our first flight it became clear that our older 15 year old dog, Ellie, just wasn't going to be able to handle the longer flight from Denver. In fact, we could see it in her eyes the day how weary she was and realized that she was telling us "You guys, I'm done with this dog body... its time to let me go." So, there we were in the Denver airport and we had to make the call. I would stay behind with Ellie while my husband flew on to Hawaii to meet our younger dog who was flying in cargo and would need one of us to be there in order for him not to be quarantined. I googled "pet hospice" while sitting on the ground next to my dog in the middle of the airport and the first one that came up was Lap of Love. From the minute spoke with the receptionist I knew we were in good hands. She walked me through the process of what would happen that day and gave me a few different options of times that the vet could come out. I ended up going to the home of some dear friends where Ellie got to rest and relax all afternoon until Dr. Kim came at 5 pm that evening. Even though she had never met Ellie or I before then she showed an immediate, genuine interest in learning as much as she could about my little lady and was so respectful and honoring of the bond Ellie and I had created and shared for almost 16 years. We laughed and cried and she walked me through the process of what would happen even though I'd been through it before with another beloved pet. We took a paw print impression for me to keep and a little snippet of Ellie's hair.... and then, I held my sweet girl as Dr. Kim gave her the injections and she peacefully passed away. It was the sweetest, most beautiful transition. I will always be so grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Kim for helping bring grace, compassion and a little bit more ease to what was also a heartbreaking, gut wrenchingly difficult day for me."

Mindy Meiering
Durango, Colorado

"Dr. Kim was beyond compassionate. Her presence was calming and confident. Our other dog who often is very excited when visitors arrive was even able to rest on our couch, I think in part due to her peaceful presence. She made a difficult situation much easier with reminding us that we were making the compassionate decision & providing Charles with a beautiful gift of peace. My husband and I also appreciated that she talked us through everything which helped make the process easier to understand and accept."

Maja & Jake Verduzco
Denver, Colorado

"Mark Lowry wrote a book “Dogs Go To Heaven”. If so, our beloved McKenzie dog is enjoying God’s green pastures with arthritic joints, kidneys and heart murmur healed. Knowing Kenzie’s final time was nearing and that we wanted “that” time to come at home, our vet gave us information on 3 hospice veterinarian services. About that time our area newspaper ran a feature article on Lap of Love and Dr. Kim Bruce and, sometimes fighting through tears, I researched all 4 services and their reviews. When we couldn’t put the decision off any longer, my hubby and I chose Lap of Love and we couldn’t have made a better choice. The gentleness and caring Dr. Kim showed both us and our McKenzie was superb and exceptional. If anyone reading this has that decision ahead of them, I highly recommend the services of Dr. Kim Bruce at Lap of Love. You’ll not find a more caring soul."

LaDene Haze
Westminster, Colorado

"Of all days, Christmas, my precious Sarah was about to cross over the rainbow bridge. I called my own Vet and she told me it was definitely time and so I called Lap of Love and the sweetest vet, Dr. Kim Bruce, came to my house with very little notice. I adopted Sarah and her little sister 14 years ago from the Cat Care Society in Denver and they were the sweetest babies. It is such a difficult transition to let a family member go. I couldn't have had a better Vet to help Sarah in her transition from life to death with absolutely no pain. Dr. Kim was warm, compassionate, caring and gentle.

I can honestly say that with such a sad thing about to take place, Dr. Kim was the right person to handle this for me. I didn't want Sarah to suffer and her little body was ready.

Thank you Lap of Love for your compassion and love in a difficult time."

Marcia Dyrland
Littleton, Colorado

"Dr.Kim,

You truly helped me through what was a very very difficult time. I know Lizzie passed peacefully and your kindness and love towards she and I was deeply felt. I miss her terribly but I know in my heart she is now pain free and healthy with her beagle brother and sister in heaven. Many thanks for everything. You were our angel❤️"

Kim Quijano
Littleton, Colorado

"Having to make the decision to euthanize my beloved cat Corinna was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I am so grateful to Lap of Love for helping me through this difficult time. Paola and Michael were so sympathetic and helpful. Dr. Kim couldn't have been more caring and compassionate if Corinna had been her own cat. She made sure my girl's passing was as peaceful as possible, and helped me by explaining everything she was doing. Having the option of the euthanization being done at my home instead of a doctor's office meant everything to me. Thanks and blessings to all of you for your wonderful work."

Vicki Cole
Lakewood, 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
“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
“Bentley was my first baby.... and the best addition to our family. From the beginning, he changed my life.
His passing was unexpected and very quick, and I know he is in a better place.
I will love and miss my handsome boy always.”
Shelby Clothier
September 14, 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. 

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

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