North Jersey & Surrounding Areas
Dr. Sandra has limited availability while she is preparing for her newest arrival. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to possibly schedule an appointment with another Lap of Love veterinarian in New Jersey.
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Sandra Simko, DVM
"Sheeba was a member of our family for 18 years. We rescued her from a man who didn’t know how to care for her and abused her. We loved her from the second we got her and she gave us more love in return than we ever could have imagined. Everyone that had the privilege of knowing her just adored her. She was so incredibly sweet and had an amazing personality. To us, she wasn’t a dog, but a member of our family. She will be sadly missed by us all and we will miss her forever.
I would like to thank Dr. Simko for her patience, understanding, and compassion as we went through one of the saddest times of our lives. She gave us the time we needed with Sheeba and helped to make Sheeba’s remaining time with us as comforting as possible - at home and in my arms. I will always remember and be grateful for the kindness and caring she showed us. Thank you so very much. 💔🐾"
Kathy KorczykEdison, New Jersey
"Sandra, you are a gift to this world and I am so grateful for the service you are providing for families who want to do right by their fur babies. You came to our house first to consult with us regarding Hunter and to provide us with counsel on what to do next. You were so patient, gentle and kind with us, allowed us to share our memories with you, and provided us with the direction we needed to take that day from a clear, medical perspective. You were right. He was tired. I see it now and intuitively I saw it but could not let him go. From the beginning to the end you were professional and kind and I can't thank you enough.
-- Jill (Terri's daughter... because I could not call myself)"
Jill TimmermanRidgewood, New Jersey
"I can’t thank Dr Sandra enough she made a very sad situation a lot more comfortable . Not only for our pet but also for us . It was so comforting that our loved one was able to go at home where he was most comfortable. We are so very happy we Chose lap of love DR Sandra was absolutely wonderful . Thank you again"
Kelly and Robert CochraneGarfield, New Jersey
"1/01/2005 - 2/27/2018 Amanda - Thank You Dr. Sandra for making my beautiful girl Amanda's passing so peaceful. By you coming to our home you saved her from the anxiety she would have had if she had to go to either the vet or animal hospital. Her final moments got to be in the home she so loved surrounded by the family she so loved and who loved her."
Susan PalazzoWoodland Park, New Jersey
"Dr. Simko was a calming presence as soon as she arrived to our apartment. She immediately treated Yuki with love and care, and allowed us to talk about Yuki and say goodbye at our own pace. She treated Yuki with the dignity and respect she deserved, and made the difficult process of saying goodbye easier. I cannot thank her and Lap of Love enough for providing this service."
Danielle OuimetJersey City, New Jersey
"Sandra came to our house when it was snowing and after hours when everyone was at home to watch BB go. She was so kind and professional. I'm so grateful. She came and did such a good job."
Yoshine TaverasFairview, New Jersey
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Westfield Veterinary Group in Westfield
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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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
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