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 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.

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 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.

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. Sandra

Sandra Simko, DVM

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, DVM

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. Sandra's kindness and gentleness was so much appreciated. She gave us the gift of saying the most difficult "goodbye" in the most beautiful and peaceful way possible. We are forever grateful for that."

Jessie Fagan
Jersey City, New Jersey

"Dr. Simko was extremely kind, compassionate, and sensitive to my emotional state, throughout the passing of my kitty, Sophie. She explained each step in the procedure, let me hold Sophie on my lap until her passing, and gave me time afterwards to stay with Sophie while I "composed" myself. Dr. Simko was of enormous assistance in making the painful loss of my kitty more bearable."

Lynn DiGiacomo
Nutley, New Jersey

"I can not express how grateful I am for Lap of Love, and more-so, Dr. Sandra Simko. My Ben had a very long life and we could tell he was nearing the end. Someone recommended that we look for a vet that does in-house euthanasia to save Ben the stress and trouble of going to our vet, at which point we found Lap of Love. I called to get information and the people who answered were always polite. I must have made 5 appointments and cancelled them within a weeks span (because Ben had great days and bad days), and they were never annoyed. When the time had finally come, the process was easy and the person on the phone was very informative as to everything we needed to know.

Dr. Sandra showed up on time and was so sincere from the moment she walked in. She sat down and got to know Ben, asked about his life and genuinely cared about our stories. She explained the process as things were happening and made sure we felt comfortable step by step. More importantly, she made Ben feel comfortable the entire time. Her choice of words to describe when he was going, and when he had finally passed, was so careful.

I have loved many dogs and have always made the heartbreaking decision to bring them to our vet when the time had come to put them at peace, not knowing of the in-home option. I would never go that route again. Lap of Love is a great company, with an exceptional vet, who makes the horrible process as easy as possible. Saying goodbye in our home was the best option for Ben and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those whose pets are not able to get around or are in pain the way our dog was.

Thank you SO much Dr. Sandra Simko. You were undoubtably made for this job and we are eternally grateful for you!"

Brielle C
Fairfield, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra just left my home with my best friend, Phoebe. She was around 16 years old and last night she passed away almost peacefully on the couch next to me. I had arranged Dr. Sandra to come and help her pass this afternoon but Phoebe had other plans. But I still wanted Dr. Sandra to come and take care of her cremation. Before she left she gave me a clipping of her fur and a footprint in clay for me. A true Angel Dr. Sandra is. A God Send when I was hurting so much. Thank you Dr. Sandra for your compassion and comfort. God Bless you and your wonderful staff.. Sincerely, Sandy Schmon "

Sandra Schmon
Edison, New Jersey

"There are very few duties in this world as sacred as relieving the suffering of another being. Lap of Love and Dr. Simko provided this beautiful gift to our beloved Buster and we feel infinite gratitude. The process was so dignified, peaceful, loving, and honored sweet Buster and his beautiful life. I truly would never consider any alternative but the at-home care of Lap of Love. Before we contacted Lap of Love I called many other places, none of which were remotely as pleasant to work with. Thank you again, Dr. Simko."

Molly Murray
Denville, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra is definitely an angel. This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. I’m a pretty private person, but from the moment she walked in the door, I knew she was meant to be there, I immediately felt comfortable and she set my mind at ease. The care and compassion she not only showed Maddy, but me as well, I will never forget. She was so gentle with Maddy, she didn’t rush, she let me feel comfortable about the process. She explained everything to me every step of the way. I felt at peace and that is something I never thought I’d feel after saying goodbye to Maddy. I promised Maddy I wouldn’t make her take that “final car ride” and thanks to Dr. Sandra and Lap of Love, I was able to keep that promise. The entire experience was surreal, as Maddy slept in my arms, next to our Christmas tree and I was able to peacefully say goodbye. Hugs to you Dr. Sandra, this is a moment I will never forget. Thank you for helping me keep my promise to Maddy. The final gift I could give her was peace."

Robin Zimmer
Clifton, 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 $50-$75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Caesar, our Sweet Cinnamon Roll.
You are so missed.
You passed away in our loving arms, peacefully. No more stiff legs or paws or tail. No more blindness. No more renal failure. No more pokes with needles for your fluids.
You sweet, sweet old man. You were so tired.
So much of our time was devoted to caring for you and now we don't know what ...
Jessie Fagan
February 11, 2019
“My sweet Sophie cat "adopted "my husband Nick and I in June 2015. My daughter and son-in-law found her roaming around their street, looking lonely and hungry; they brought her to our house so that Nick and I could take her in. And how fortunate we were that she found us! She had a sweet, gentle disposition, loved being around people, and was so ...
Lynn DiGiacomo
February 5, 2019
“Maddy was the sweetest soul I’ve ever known. She came to me during a time where I had lost so much and she filled my heart with love and joy every day since. She was the child I never had, the reason I got up every morning. She was a fighter and fought hard until the end. She lost her eye at 6 years old and bounced right back. She was ...
Robin Zimmer
December 21, 2018
“Oh Momma- my other girl! I will so miss you. I keep looking at your empty sad hoping to see you there sleeping. You fought such a hard fight for us. We love you and you will live forever in our memories and in our hearts 💕. You were the best puppy even when you were 16 you still bounced around like a puppy! We have so many wonderful memories ...
Lisa Failace
November 24, 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. 

Mailing Address

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

Lap Of Love Locations
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
DC
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin