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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

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.

"I cannot say enough good things about Lap of Love and Dr. Simko. This is the second time she has assisted us with making such a tough decision. She listens and really guides you through such a traumatic time. For anyone going through this, I highly recommend them. Dragging my suffering dog to the vet to die scared and not in his home is an awful though! These guys at Lap of Love are Angels!"

Susan Auriemma
Lyndhurst, New Jersey

"I would like to thank Dr. Simko for coming to my parent's home and helping their Rottweiler, Bella, rest in peace. She was absolutely wonderful. So loving and caring and patient. She let me take all the time I needed to say goodbye to a wonderful dog that kept my parents safe and entertained for so many years. My mother wanted Bella to be able to leave this world in the comfort of her own home when the time came. I so appreciate Lap of Love for answering all my questions on the phone and for sending Dr. Simko to make a very stressful moment as easy as possible. RIP Bella. You will be greatly missed."

Karen O'Gara
Hawthorne, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was great durring a difficult horrible day. She was very sweet and kind and very patient with us. You could see how she cared very much about animals, and how she played with our other dog while we said good bye to out beloved Bodhi. It was also great that Bodhi came to peace at home instead of the vets office with him on the rug in the den with the radio on surrounded by us and his brother Tex and sister Lylah."

Beth & Adam Brenner
Springfield, New Jersey

"Dear Dr. Simko:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for assisting us with a very difficult task. Your compassion and professionalism is very much appreciated."

Carol Grapes
Boonton Township, New Jersey

"Dr. Sandra was wonderful ! Kind , caring , sweet & professional . She made a difficult day a bit less so. Thanks to her , Jake passed peacefully with his loved ones surrounding him .."

Bonnie Brown
Fair Lawn, New Jersey

"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 Korczyk
Edison, 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
“I had a conversation once with a dear friend many years ago while going through a change and I told her my head knows what to do but my heart won't let go. She told me that I had it backwards. That my heart is where my truth is and that's where God is and where He talks to me. My head is what messes with me causing me to not let go and hang on and ...
Susan Auriemma
September 4, 2018
“Bodhi, you were a great beautiful member of our family. You were so gentle and kind to your sister Lylah and your brother Tex. You gave joy to so many people, thank you we will never forget you.”
Beth & Adam Brenner
August 5, 2018
“For such a tiny dog, you were a huge presence in our hearts and home. We miss you now and forever. You gave us many smiles laughter during your time with us and we now happy memories over the years to come.”
Carol Grapes
July 24, 2018
“Jake was a wonderful soul. Smart , loving , and of course so handsome ! He was my first doggy crush & will remain forever in my heart ❤️. Jake , you will be missed so much but I know you are running & playing in heaven & eating lots of treats ! Love you forever ... Bonnie”
Bonnie Brown
July 23, 2018
Payment Options

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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