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.

"Dr. Simko was so kind and gentle. We did not know what to expect. My daughter made the appointment and told us the woman she spoke with was very understanding and kind. We would like to express our gratitude to Lap of Love for

being there for our pets when it is time to go over the rainbow bridge."

Bob Laird
Montville, New Jersey

"She was great. Very comforting and understanding. I can tell she really is passionate about what she does. She made the process a lot better for us. We thank her greatly."

Annalisa Brown
Newark, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra Simko is one of the kindest people you could ever ask for in a time like this. We will never forget how loving and gentle she was with our little guy to make him as comfortable as possible as we said our goodbyes.

Thank you to Lap of Love for providing this service and for sending Dr. Sandra to us. We will forever be grateful for her incredible compassion.

-Traci & David"

Traci L
Montclair, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was the most compassionate and loving person to help walk Bunky over the rainbow bridge. She was so understanding and gentle with Bunky and myself. She explained everything beforehand so I knew what to expect. I was not ready to let her go and she gave me the time I needed. I was able to hold my sweet girl as she crossed the bridge and I am so thankful we were able to bring her to peace in our home, where she was most comfortable.

I was most afraid to see how Bunky would be taken out of our home and I was so thankful with the way the whole process was handled. Bunky was wrapped in a beautiful baby blanket and was allowed to keep on her little watermelon dress and had her favorite toy tucked between her arms. She looked so at peace like she was just sleeping and I am grateful to see her as such as my last memory of her."

Jennifer Meehan
Lyndhurst, New Jersey

"Thank you Dr. Simko, you helped us say a tremendously difficult goodbye to our sweet girl. It was as peaceful as we could have prayed for...."

Tracy Jimenez
Garwood, New Jersey

"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

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
“Miss our Bobo boy so much. He was the sweetest boy and a great friend!”
Bob Laird
October 9, 2019
“Yoshi was my first love. She was gifted to me for my 16th birthday. My parents figured if I got a dog I wouldn’t have time to find a boyfriend and it worked! Yoshi grabbed all of my attention. Soon she became the family dog. She won over everyone’s heart including the hearts of other people in my community. Everyone who walked past our yard knew ...
Annalisa Brown
October 4, 2019
“Bunky was the light of my life. It was love at first sight, the moment I saw her foster mom post her photo. I am so grateful to Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue for allowing me to be her mom. She was just too good for this world.”
Jennifer Meehan
September 11, 2019
“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
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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