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 was truly the perfect person to handle Diesel at his end of life. She was so kind to him as well as my family, including our grandchildren. Thanks so much Dr. Sandra for spending the time with us in making sure Diesel did not have any pain and was truly comforted by all of us in his own house and in his own bed. I can't say enough about this experience and how lucky we were to have her ."

Philip DeFalco
Rutherford, New Jersey

"Thank you to Dr, Sandra and Lap of Love for providing as good an ending as possible for our beloved Golden Retriever, Molly, after 16.5 amazing years of life. The decision was painful, but it was for the best and Lap of Love was helpful, considerate, and caring from the start. I cannot recommend the service and the people highly enough for any pet owner. Our family and Molly greatly appreciated the gentleness, patience, and loving care the was provided in such a difficult circumstance. Thanks again Dr. Sandra and Lap of Love!"

Bill Kenney
Florham Park, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was very compassionate with Knuckles and took as much time as we needed to say our final goodbyes at home. She was very gentle with Knuckles and seemed to genuinely care about her and us throughout the process. She told us she gave Knuckles angel wings, and we took much comfort from that gift. Thank you so much for getting us through this painful time."

Susan Rash
Scotch Plains, New Jersey

"I can’t say enough kind words about Dr. Sandra Simko. It always is such a difficult decision to end the life of a pet. We had faced the same decision in the past with three other cats of ours, having euthanized in the vet’s office. This time we decided for an in-home service. We are so happy that we did and that Sandra came to our home. Sandra not only is a great vet, but a highly compassionate person. Sandra came to our cat Olivia’s favorite room and administered the first sedative so expertly that Olivia didn't even notice. In fact, right after the sedative, Olivia walked right towards Sandra, sat down in front of her and started purring as we both petted her. After 5-10 minutes, Olivia lowered her head to the floor to sleep. Shortly after, the second dose made Olivia pass on peacefully. Sandra gently wrapped Olivia up in a blanket and placed her in a wicker basket. This gave me closure in a way that a visit to the visit to the vet’s office would not have. I can’t thank Sandra enough."

Larry Peck
Glen Ridge, New Jersey

"Dr. Simko was wonderful. She explained how everything would unfold and eased a lot of my worries. Euthanizing my kitty was the most difficult decision I've had to make and absolutely the hardest thing to watch, but Dr. Simko made the process a lot easier and more comfortable."

Nicole Welna
Bayonne, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was kind and considerate and made the process as peaceful as it could be for our sweet girl. We are so thankful!"

Lauren Hudon
Ramsey, 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
“Diesel was not a pet but truly a member of our Family. He came to us in 2004 and was immediately " My Boy" . I can honestly say in all the years of my life, Diesel was my best friend. He thought he was there to take care of me and I did the same for him. I cooked for him, walked him, saved him on numerous occasions of having cancer and he kept me ...
Philip DeFalco
June 11, 2019
“Knuckles was our sweet, goofy, beautiful dog. She gave everyone kisses and hugs, and we loved her very much.”
Susan Rash
April 28, 2019
“For almost 14 years, Szafirek blessed me day in and day out with a best friend. No possible combination of words could come close to describing the love that I had for my kitty cat. She has created some of my most joyous memories, and I am beyond grateful to have had the honor of being her human.

I undoubtedly owe my life to Szafirek and will ...
Nicole Welna
April 11, 2019
“Not quite sure how we got so lucky to have the sweetest dog for 16 years. Rest in the sweetest peace, run and play and eat all of the treats in heaven. You took a piece of our hearts to heaven with you sweet girl.”
Lauren Hudon
April 7, 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
549 Pompton Ave.
Suite 227
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

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