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 did a wonderful thing for our family and our little friend Spooky by coming to our house and bringing her to peace surrounded by her loving family. Thank you Dr. Shannon!"

Ken Haelig
Bridgewater, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was so sweet and compassionate. She took very good care of us and our sweet Lucy. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Shannon."

Suzann Yock
Millstone Township, New Jersey

"We are very grateful to Dr. Shannon for the help she provided during a very difficult time. She was very understanding and after examining Buddie confirmed we were doing the right thing. Having dogs all my life saying good bye never gets easier. I always dreaded bringing my beloved pets into the doctor’s office for the last time. Not having to do this made a difficult situation much more comfortable. My Buddie was able to stay at home in a comfortable spot. During his final moments he didn’t have to be nervous in the doctor’s office on the cold metal exam table. It’s never a pleasant time but it made saying good bye somewhat easier. I also want to mention Dr. Shannon’s quick response once we felt it was time."

Thomas Mika
Lawrenceville, New Jersey

"We can’t thank Dr. Shannon enough for her loving and kind compassion through this difficult time for our family. Her soothing voice and compassionate bedside manner were instrumental in keeping us all calm. You can tell Chipper felt Dr. Shannon's love and never showed nervousness. Dr. Shannon talked us through the process, explaining each step-in detail. She took her time and we never felt rushed. She ensured us that with Chipper’s condition we were making the right decision. We will forever be grateful to Dr. Shannon for being there during one of the most painful and difficult moments of our lives. Saying farewell to a family member is never easy. Dr. Shannon provided a dignified experience for our beloved Chipper. We are forever grateful Dr. Shannon came into our lives when she did. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

Lisa Jannone
Bridgewater, New Jersey

"I want to thank Dr. Shannon for being to gentle, caring, and understanding. She made us feel at ease by helping us see that we were doing the right thing for Princess. She was so patient and allowed us the time we needed to say goodbye to our Princess. I wouldn’t have wanted Princess’s last moments to be any other way. I would highly recommend Lap of Love to assist with your loving pets last moments here on earth. It was worth every penny to be able to love all over my Princess until her last breath. Thank you again Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love!"

Carmen Morales
Newark, New Jersey

"I can not express enough how wonderful the people, and services from Lap of Love are. On January 2nd we sent our beautiful dog over the rainbow bridge. I am so happy we were referred to Dr. Shannon Skevakis and Lap of Love, because his passing was so peaceful and stress free for all of us. He was laid to rest in his own bed, and in the comfort of his own home. Dr. Shannon is simply the best. Her calming nature was well needed and greatly appreciated. She is really beyond exceptional. If the day comes you have to send your pet over the rainbow bridge you can rest assured you are in great hands with Lap of Love."

Kellie Kaminski
New Brunswick, 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
“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
“Princess was the sweetest, caring, lovable, most kindest dog you will know. She loved chicken the most and did not like anyone watching her eat, what a princess. She loved belly rubs and cuddles. We miss her sooo much and no dog could ever replace her. She was not a loud dog and hardly ever barked. She enjoyed time at home with the family. She ...
Carmen Morales
January 29, 2019
“'SIMBA' (our Golden Retriever Lion King),
We miss you every second of every day. You were a constant companion who touched so many lives throughout your 14 1/2 years on this earth! You were born on 9/9/2004 to Marley and Lyric at White Birch Kennels in the Pocono Mountains, Northeast Pennsylvania. You were the mayor of every town you ever lived ...
Chris Naples
January 18, 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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Lap of Love
2227 US Hwy 1 #290
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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