PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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 veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Kim

Kim Slade

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

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.

"Saying goodbye to our 18 ½-year-old cat Jack was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do. Dr. Slade was so incredibly kind and competent. Her visit with us was unrushed and respectful. She spent time talking with us and learning about Jack and what made him so special. We can’t say enough good things about her care and kindness."

Regina Kunzel
Princeton, New Jersey

"Rufus Banks Murphy left us on Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2019. He died with the sun shining on him, on his beloved porch, surrounded by two of the many people who loved him and a lovely, kind vet (Dr. Kim Slade).

Rufus was handsome, smart and funny, but he was not an easy dog. When we adopted him, he was 95 pounds and all muscle. Stubborn and precocious, riddled with separation anxiety from having been abandoned by hunters in the American south, he challenged us every day. He had been in countless foster homes and we were the only family who finally kept him. There were times when I asked my husband how we could keep him given all of his issues and he told me that we had to keep him....because no one else did. I am so glad we did because today I cannot imagine life without him.

He loved people and other dogs....to a point. He was never aggressive but he was like a big cat who would let you know when he needed you. He favored long walks over belly rubs. He loved bolster beds, Gregorian chants, classical music (only the German composers, please) and the occasional drop of expensive wine.

Our hearts are broken but we are grateful for his long life (16 years) and the kindness and support of our friends and the staff at Lap of Love. We could not have gotten through this difficult time without you. Thank you."

Claire Murphy
Andover, New Jersey

"Dr. Slade is such a special and compassionate human being. From the moment we spoke on the phone, till the day she arrived to meet our family, I knew that she would help all of us as we helped Buckley cross the rainbow bridge. Her compassionate spirit, and her gentle approach, provided comfort and love. She helped us grieve and provided us unconditional support and her soft nature ensured that Buckley received the best of care. She is an amazing woman and we are so grateful to her."

Sheetal Davitt
BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey

"Dr. Slade is forthright, competent and compassionate. She explained the procedure to me and made sure we were comfortable with the decisions. Her caring and kindness were genuine and I could not be more grateful for the services provided so Heidi could leave us peacefully at home."

Suzanne Boland
fredon, New Jersey

"When the day came for Lola to cross over the rainbow bridge, Dr. Kim was extremely kind. She hugged me the moment we met, calming my fears with that simple gesture. She explained the process, validated my conflicted emotions, and supported us every step of the way. She was so gentle with Lola. And when the time finally came, Lola passed peacefully in my arms. Dr. Kim gave us privacy as we said our last goodbyes. Dr. Kim, thank you for your warm and loving spirit and coaching through the entire experience."

Syden Abrenica
Parsippany, New Jersey

"Dr Kim Slade went above and beyond during this time and I am so grateful for her. The day before Lil Bear passed I was having a hard time coping with the decision and she spent 40 minutes on the phone with me - a stranger- consoling me while I cried my eyes out. I can not thank her enough. When she arrived at the house the next day, I felt so much more comfortable. Lil Bear was so peaceful when she arrived and we believe he knew what she was there for and was ready. Dr Slade could not have been more compassionate and kind. She made one of the hardest times of our life a beautiful one. Thank you so much."

Laura Seck
Hampton, 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
“Buckley, Mr. Buck, or Buckoo as often called by loving family, extended family, friends, and all who were fortunate to have played with you for over 16 years. We were blessed to bring you home when you were only 6 weeks old, and even more grateful to have celebrated your BIG-16 last month. You helped us to learn more about ourselves, raising ...
Sheetal Davitt
December 2, 2019
“Beloved Heidi,
We hope you are running through the woods and fields on the other side of the rainbow bridge with your long black fur shining in the sun. We will miss your gentle soul and endless patience. You were the best nanny to 8 Seeing Eye puppies over the last decade. Our household will miss your sweet serenity. Rest in Peace my beautiful ...
Suzanne Boland
November 24, 2019
“We made the difficult decision to lay our beloved pug, Lola, to rest. Because of her fear and anxiety of the car and at the vet, we knew we wanted her to pass peacefully in our home, in my arms. Lola had a long, almost 12 years, of life. She started out as a rambunctious puppy to a protective adult and finally, a blind senior who began to suffer ...
Syden Abrenica
October 27, 2019
“On Friday morning we said goodbye to our beloved little handsome angel, Lil Bear, about a month before his 19th Birthday. He was the toughest little 5 1/2 lb dog you’ve ever met and really proved that over the last 6 months - he had the strongest heart. Lil Bear was unique and the perfect combination of spunky and sweet. He collected fans ...
Laura Seck
October 7, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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
PO Box 322
Flanders, New Jersey 07836

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