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 up to 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 wooden 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 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 buried by the crematory at a pet cemetery. 

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. Kim

Kim Slade, DVM

In 1988, I graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine with my 5-year-old daughter on my hip. My husband, mother, and aunt were in the audience.  It was one of the happiest days of my life as I looked forward to treating and curing four-legged friends.

Thirty years have since flown by. We were blessed to add a son to our family. Our daughter even became a veterinarian herself.  My career has been a mix of working for a local practice to ten years’ worth of house call in between. Dogs, cats, pocket pets, and even a horse have joined us and ‘left’ us throughout the years. Life has been a mix of people and animals moving into and out of our home. The human-human, human-animal bonds have been written on my heart. As the years' pass, I find myself contemplating questions such as length of time and quality of life for each living being. These have drawn me more and more to the needs of my senior patients. Their physical and emotional comfort, as well as that of their human families, has become ever more important to me.  How we each decide when the best time is to let go, is NEVER the same. Each decision is unique. I want to be able to help families on their journey. Treating and curing has naturally progressed to bringing comfort and peace.

I take these thoughts with me now everywhere: home from the office, hiking on weekends, bicycling our local trails, book club and yoga (in my basement where occasionally my old terrier girl will join us ladies for a few minutes), to dinners in friends’ homes or at our local dog friendly restaurants’. My animal “family” has enriched my life and I’ll be at your side to help with your family when called upon. 

Coming ‘home’ to Lap of Love is like coming full circle for me: beginnings and endings all in my heart.

About Kim Slade, DVM

In 1988, I graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine with my 5-year-old daughter on my hip. My husband, mother, and aunt were in the audience.  It was one of the happiest days of my life as I looked forward to treating and curing four-legged friends.

Thirty years have since flown by. We were blessed to add a son to our family. Our daughter even became a veterinarian herself.  My career has been a mix of working for a local practice to ten years’ worth of house call in between. Dogs, cats, pocket pets, and even a horse have joined us and ‘left’ us throughout the years. Life has been a mix of people and animals moving into and out of our home. The human-human, human-animal bonds have been written on my heart. As the years' pass, I find myself contemplating questions such as length of time and quality of life for each living being. These have drawn me more and more to the needs of my senior patients. Their physical and emotional comfort, as well as that of their human families, has become ever more important to me.  How we each decide when the best time is to let go, is NEVER the same. Each decision is unique. I want to be able to help families on their journey. Treating and curing has naturally progressed to bringing comfort and peace.

I take these thoughts with me now everywhere: home from the office, hiking on weekends, bicycling our local trails, book club and yoga (in my basement where occasionally my old terrier girl will join us ladies for a few minutes), to dinners in friends’ homes or at our local dog friendly restaurants’. My animal “family” has enriched my life and I’ll be at your side to help with your family when called upon. 

Coming ‘home’ to Lap of Love is like coming full circle for me: beginnings and endings all in my heart.

"Dr. Slade was so ultra-empathetic, kind, caring, and warm. She was incredibly empathetic to how we felt. While we're so sad our sweet girl isn't with us anymore, we couldn't have asked for a kinder, more empathetic, and wonderful person to help us through this."

Krishna Shukla
Randolph, New Jersey

"Thank you for helping us through this very tough day from the moment I called through your follow up. My mom is 89 and couldn't leave the house and we didn't want Beau to be scared. We wanted him to pass in our arms on his favorite couch. Thank you again."

Kirsten Gebert
Long Valley, New Jersey

"I always knew that it would be incredibly hard to lose my beloved Coconut. I couldn’t imagine bringing her into the vets office for her final moments. My regular vet recommended Lap of Love and when the time came we were incredibly lucky to have Dr. Kim come to our house. Dr. Kim was incredibly caring, gentle and compassionate. She created a stress free and comfortable environment for Coconut and helped us understand the process. She helped to calm and reassure me and my family. I am so thankful that Coconuts final moments were in my arms at home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t say enough about Dr. Kim, she truly is an angel on earth. You have to be a very special person to be able to care and comfort not only our pets but the people who love them. Thank you so much Dr. Kim, Ellen Wisolmerski"

Ellen Wisolmerski
Florham Park, New Jersey

"We have so much gratitude for Dr. Kim and the way she helped Mr. Carson pass with dignity. He was in his bed, surrounded by his family. She assured us that although heartbreaking, we were making the right decision and letting him go before he suffered more pain. Her guidance, gentle demeanor and love for him in his final moments make his loss more bearable."

Kate M
Bernards, New Jersey

"I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Kim. We were so blessed to meet her in the hour of sadness and suffering. It is so hard to accept that someone's life, someone you love and have know since they were a puppy or a kitten, is coming to an end. It is so hard to decide that it is "the right" moment. There is never a right moment, and this is always the hardest decision one has to make, but it is a decision you make to help them, and end their suffering, when suffering becomes unbearable, instead of selfishly wanting to see them for one more day. Dr Kim was there for us and Angel as few people have ever been. She is not only an awesome doctor, but also an amazing person. You feel that part of this huge burden you bear is shared with another loving heart, and this makes things better. Her compassion is hard to put in words. Dr. Kim is an Angel ! I will never be able to thank her enough. My beautiful Angel, who always kept her sweet, kittenish sweet face, is in a place with no pain. But in my heart she will always look like the day we met on a beautiful Sunday morning, almost 15 years ago..."

Dana Calistru
Ridgewood, New Jersey

"When our beautiful “Nola Girl” was struggling with the physical limitations of her age she was unable to move about and just getting up became next to impossible. My wife and I were faced with the inevitable. We were not comfortable adding to Nola’s stress and discomfort by loading her into the car, traveling to the veterinary office and waiting in an unfamiliar room or these being our last memories of her. We contacted Lap of Love and were referred to Dr. Kim Slade. The staff was wonderful with explaining how the process works and provided information to assist us with this very difficult situation. Dr. Kim came to our home and provided the most professional and compassionate guidance with Nola’s final moments. She comforted and reassured us and our other dog, Buster that everything will be fine. She embraced all of us and made sure that the procedure was performed in a discrete and loving manner. We are thankful that our Nola Girl was on our bed (her favorite spot) with her head on a pillow, in my wife’s arms while being caressed when she fell asleep for the last time. Dr. Kim, we will be forever grateful. Thank you,"

Norman Esparolini
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 788-0500

ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates

  (201) 262-0010

Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (908) 707-9077

SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge

  (973) 377-7094

St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 383-4321

Newton Veterinary Hospital

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Northwest New Jersey area, including Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Warren Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee ranging from $30-$100 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Kassi, my sweet sweet girl,
You came to us as a scared and insecure pup that had bounced around from 5 different foster homes, and was about to be put down because you were "too difficult to train". It was pure luck and timing that I found you, and I'm so grateful to God that I did.

From the moment I saw you, I fell in love with your big ...
Krishna Shukla
May 18, 2019
“I wrote this a few days ago: It was just Easter Sunday when I took Beau and Cooper on a long hike. Beau loved it as usual and happy as can be. Two days later he was limping and we noticed a large growth on his upper leg. Off to the vet who was very concerned. Thursday he had surgery to get a biopsy. It's now Monday night and don't know how long he ...
Kirsten Gebert
May 3, 2019
“The moment I saw Mr. Carson's picture on a rescue site, I knew we were supposed to be his "fur-ever" family. At 10 years old, he was abandoned in a shelter. This senior dog deserved to live with dignity and we hurried to North Carolina to bring him home. From the start, he was the most gentle, loyal dog. We walked all over town together, ...
Kate M
April 21, 2019
“I Love Lucy ❤️”
Melissa Miller
February 15, 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. 

Mailing Address

PO Box 322
Flanders, NJ 07836

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