Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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$325

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$325

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 1 - 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$325
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$395
Mailing of urn to your home or work$25

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden 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 you for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets 1 - 69 pounds$185
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$225
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$295

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 buried by the crematory at a pet cemetery. 

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 7am - 11pm. 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.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Shannon

Shannon Skevakis, DVM

I was born and raised in Arizona and even though it's a lot of desert, I fell in love with all the wildlife and domestic animals that I encountered. I was fascinated by them and their way of life at an early age. I remember my parents taking me on trips to zoos, aquariums, farms, and national parks. I was always looking for the animals; wanting to learn more.

It was at this young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My interest in animals has taken me across the country. I graduated with my Bachelor's from the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and headed to Orlando, Florida to work as a Marine Mammal Intern at The Seas, EPCOT at Walt Disney World. I had my sights set on becoming a marine mammal veterinarian at the time. After this, I worked as a veterinary technician, took graduate courses in conservation biology, and worked my way into veterinary school.

I graduated a University of Florida gator in 2011 with my Aquatic Animal Health certificate and went into small animal practice. I stayed in Florida for 2 years practicing small animal medicine where I got to be part of our house call service of which were mostly in-home euthanasias. Having to personally struggle with leaving my own cat of 17 years at my vet's clinic after saying goodbye, I felt obligated to take these house calls and provide this service in the home where the whole family is comfortable.

I moved to New Jersey to be closer to my husband's family in 2013. While starting Lap of Love in New Jersey, I worked in general practice in Woodbridge township for 2.5 years and in 2016 I left to pursue end-of-life care full time. I am excited and grateful to be able to provide the Lap of Love service here in New Jersey. 

 

About Shannon Skevakis, DVM

I was born and raised in Arizona and even though it's a lot of desert, I fell in love with all the wildlife and domestic animals that I encountered. I was fascinated by them and their way of life at an early age. I remember my parents taking me on trips to zoos, aquariums, farms, and national parks. I was always looking for the animals; wanting to learn more.

It was at this young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My interest in animals has taken me across the country. I graduated with my Bachelor's from the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and headed to Orlando, Florida to work as a Marine Mammal Intern at The Seas, EPCOT at Walt Disney World. I had my sights set on becoming a marine mammal veterinarian at the time. After this, I worked as a veterinary technician, took graduate courses in conservation biology, and worked my way into veterinary school.

I graduated a University of Florida gator in 2011 with my Aquatic Animal Health certificate and went into small animal practice. I stayed in Florida for 2 years practicing small animal medicine where I got to be part of our house call service of which were mostly in-home euthanasias. Having to personally struggle with leaving my own cat of 17 years at my vet's clinic after saying goodbye, I felt obligated to take these house calls and provide this service in the home where the whole family is comfortable.

I moved to New Jersey to be closer to my husband's family in 2013. While starting Lap of Love in New Jersey, I worked in general practice in Woodbridge township for 2.5 years and in 2016 I left to pursue end-of-life care full time. I am excited and grateful to be able to provide the Lap of Love service here in New Jersey. 

 

"Dr. Shannon was kind and compassionate. She was very caring with Dakota and made a difficult easier."

Doug Platt
Clifton, New Jersey

"Thank you Dr. Shannon for helping us send our beautiful girl into peaceful sleep. You showed generous compassion and support and my husband and I are forever grateful. Precious was with us for 12 years before losing her battle with cancer in the end. She was the light in our life and was loved by all her family and her sister Minnie. My husband and I take comfort in knowing she is sleeping peacefully now and no longer suffering. Thank you Lap of Love for being there for us during our time of need.

Rest in Peace Precious Wilson 2/8/2007 - 4/1/2019"

Trisha Wilson
East Windsor, New Jersey

"I am so very grateful for the loving care Dr. Shannon provided for Bradley. One couldn't ask for a more compassionate, loving and professional person to help him in his final moments. I am so thankful to her and Lap of Love for being able to allow my darling boy the ability to say goodbye in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by those who loved him. Many, many thanks!"

Lauren Piskiel
Freehold, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon is one of the most compassionate and considerate people I have ever met. She held me as I sobbed - and let me take my time in saying goodbye to my best friend. Letting go of the ones you love is always a painful process. I am thankful that Dr. Shannon helped me through it.

My Bisk was all heart and soul (with a little bit of devil) and I miss her sorely. She had a wonderful 17 years and I know she's with her brother, creating havoc at Rainbow Bridge."

Barbara Ancona
Colts Neck, New Jersey

"Making the decision to put Princess to sleep was extremely hard. The first time I called and cancel (24 hours notice). I was very scare , sad and didn’t know if I was making the right decision. When I called again to reschedule they were extremely nice and understandable. On Friday when it was time Dr. Shannon went over everything with me. Dr Shannon was so supportive and I felt like I wasn’t alone, she was my angel that day. I wouldn’t have asked for another better vet. Thank you so much Dr. Shannon."

Jessica Alquijay
Scotch Plains, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon went above and beyond to help me as I had some doubts as to whether it was Dazzles time. I knew I was making the correct decision after speaking with her. Dr. Shannon was compassionate and gentle with my old girl. I would highly recommend her."

Regina Baureis
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support Group

  (800) 404-PETS

Petfriends, Inc. - NJ

Emergency Clinic

  (201) 262-0010

BERGEN COUNTY: Oradell Animal Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 226-3282

ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates

Emergency Clinic

  (609) 259-8300

MERCER COUNTY: NorthStar VETS

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 283-3535

MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 922-0011

MONMOUTH COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 328-2844

MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 747-3636

MONMOUTH COUNTY: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 328-2844

MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 363-3200

OCEAN COUNTY: Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service

Emergency Clinic

  (908) 707-9077

SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge

  (609) 259-8300

NorthStar Veterinary Services

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group

  (201) 262-0010

Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group

  (610) 430-7978

Pet Memorial Services

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving Central New Jersey including: Middlesex County, parts of Somerset County, and parts of Mercer county
 
Extended Travel areas (Additional $50-100 may apply): Burlington County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Union County, parts of Mercer County.

Pet Memorials
“Princess we will miss you so much. You gave us 11 years off joy and happiness. From the first day I saw you I knew we were met to be together. You become my joy my furbaby. I still remember how small you were. I was so excited to be your mommy. I really miss you and I can’t believe you are gone . We are all blessed to have had so many amazing ...
Jessica Alquijay
March 4, 2019
“Dazzle, my princess, my peanut, my dinosaur and my most precious friend, I will always love you and miss you terribly. One day we will be together again. Godspeed my brilliant girl.”
Regina Baureis
February 21, 2019
“It was a tough day for us when we had to say goodbye to Dad's cat Spooky (a.k.a. Trooper). Since it was also my birthday, I thought it would be extra sad, but it was actually an honor to send our little friend to heaven on the same date Mom & Dad brought me into the world. Spooky was really Mom's cat, and we lost Mom three years ago, so this ...
Ken Haelig
February 14, 2019
“In loving memory of Chipper
Chipper received his wings on February 1, 2019. We were blessed to have him in our lives for 12 years! He had been through so much and he was always happy to see us every day when we came home. Chipper gave us an unconditional love, loyalty and protected us always. He was loved by so many… family, friends, ...
Lisa Jannone
February 4, 2019
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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2227 US Hwy 1 #290
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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