PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

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 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$325
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$395

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cherry 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.

*Mailing of urn to your home or work ~ $25

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 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 scattered in a memorial garden. 

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, 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. Sandra

Sandra Simko

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. This desire was further encouraged by my parents who allowed me to have a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, ferrets, lizards, fish, and even a tortoise while growing up!

This dream was realized when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health concurrently from the University of Florida. Following graduation I pursued a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

One aspect of veterinary medicine that I love is the human-animal bond. When I was 2 years old a kitten literally walked into my home while my mom was standing at the door. Ultimately my family decided she could stay and Tina became a part of my family. I’ll never forget my parents calling me at Rutgers, 19 years later, and telling me that Tina was not doing well. I went home to spend some of her last days together with her. The pain of losing Tina was great, but the memories we shared will never be forgotten. It is this love I have for Tina that made me truly understand the strength of the human-animal bond.

I have witnessed time and again, families looking to do everything they can for their beloved pet. Unfortunately there are times when there is little or nothing that can be done to fix or cure their friend, but there are often options that can provide comfort and improve quality of life, even if only for a short period of time. Although this is a difficult experience for families and tough decisions need to be made, I believe hospice care and euthanasia are some of the greatest services that veterinary medicine has to offer, and can be a relieving option when a pet’s quality of life is declining.

As a part of Lap of Love, I strive to make difficult times like these as peaceful, stress-free, and comfortable as possible. I reside in Northern NJ with my husband and two cats, Max and Lulu. In my spare time I can typically be found cuddling with my kitties, spending time with my family, or doing anything outdoors.

About Sandra Simko

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. This desire was further encouraged by my parents who allowed me to have a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, ferrets, lizards, fish, and even a tortoise while growing up!

This dream was realized when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health concurrently from the University of Florida. Following graduation I pursued a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

One aspect of veterinary medicine that I love is the human-animal bond. When I was 2 years old a kitten literally walked into my home while my mom was standing at the door. Ultimately my family decided she could stay and Tina became a part of my family. I’ll never forget my parents calling me at Rutgers, 19 years later, and telling me that Tina was not doing well. I went home to spend some of her last days together with her. The pain of losing Tina was great, but the memories we shared will never be forgotten. It is this love I have for Tina that made me truly understand the strength of the human-animal bond.

I have witnessed time and again, families looking to do everything they can for their beloved pet. Unfortunately there are times when there is little or nothing that can be done to fix or cure their friend, but there are often options that can provide comfort and improve quality of life, even if only for a short period of time. Although this is a difficult experience for families and tough decisions need to be made, I believe hospice care and euthanasia are some of the greatest services that veterinary medicine has to offer, and can be a relieving option when a pet’s quality of life is declining.

As a part of Lap of Love, I strive to make difficult times like these as peaceful, stress-free, and comfortable as possible. I reside in Northern NJ with my husband and two cats, Max and Lulu. In my spare time I can typically be found cuddling with my kitties, spending time with my family, or doing anything outdoors.

"I would like to thank Dr. Sandra for all the compassion she showed to Tessa. Dr.Sandra sat with Tessa and made Tessa comfortable. As hard as it was to let Tessa go, Dr. Sandra spent time with me while I grieved my loss which I greatly appreciated."

Frank Armeli
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was so gentle and kind to us and especially Archie. She made his transition to the Rainbow Bridge peaceful and he was sent on his way with lots of love. We thank her so much for helping our Archie leave with dignity and peace."

Dawn King
Fair Lawn NJ, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was so kind and understanding. Our 16 year old Rat Terrier deserved to be put to rest in a pleasant and stress free environment and Dr. Sandra made that possible, she really gets it. I can't imagine doing this in any other manner.

thank you Dr. Sandra"

Robin modzelewski
Woodbridge, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra Simko was gentle and loving- never pushed us to the final moments."

Susan Vintschger
MORRISTOWN, New Jersey

"Our family is so very grateful to Dr. Sandra. Saying goodbye to our precious family member Callie was unbearable but having Dr. Sandra there with us was a blessing. Having someone as caring and compassionate to help us during this hard time gave us peace. We will never forget Dr. Sandra's kindness. The Place family"

Linda Place
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

"The week before June 22nd and especially that day was hard. We got to enjoy and love our Rottweiler Rocky for 9 years. Losing him is like losing a family member, it is heartbreaking and hurts to the core. His personality was big like him. He was smart, handsome and a loyal protector. He was also a food thief and bed hog! We've been reminiscing about how much he really talked to us through his vocal queues. His mind was sharp, but his bones were not so good and made us have to make some tough choices. We gave him everything we could. We wanted his end to be as good as his life and were lucky to find Lap of Love. Dr. Sandra came to our house took take care of everything. She was loving and gentle with our boy and patient and compassionate with us as we said our good-byes. She made a really difficult situation a little easier and Rocky got to take his last breath at home in the sunshine, with a full stomach of steak and lobster, surrounded by his family, peaceful and stress free for him. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sandra."

Stacy Weiss
Califon, New Jersey

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support Group

  (800) 404-PETS

Petfriends, Inc

  (201) 262-0010

Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus

  (973) 226-3282

Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield

  (732) 922-0011

Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls

  (973) 328-2844

Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Randolph

  (973) 383-4321

Newton Veterinary Hospital in Newton

  (908) 232-1048

Westfield Veterinary Group in Westfield

  (201) 262-0010

Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group

  (732) 747–3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Northern New Jersey area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“R. I.P. Tessa my big girl... It only been a couple days that you went to rainbow bridge but it feels like a eternity to me. It brings tears to my eyes just writing this I love and miss you so much . I know that you are with you best friends Sarge and Nikki playing like you all did together. I hope one day we can all be together again.”
Frank Armeli
July 23, 2019
“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
“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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
549 Pompton Ave.
Suite 227
Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009

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