Northwest New Jersey

  (973) 378-0222

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 49 pounds$315
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$355
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$425

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 49 pounds$215
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$255
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$325

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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.

"Dear Dr. Kim,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness, love and respect in one of the most difficult times in the life of my husband Michael and me.

Tia was part of our lives for a little over 14 years and we wanted to make sure her passing was not a painful and stressing situation for her. Your dedication and true empathy made this possible not only for her, also for us.

You are a true blessing and we are grateful that God put you in our lives.

Our little one will be in our hearts forever!

You made possible for her to truly rest in peace and for that we will be always grateful

Regards,

Sandra and Michael Petrillo"

Sandra Petrillo
Clifton, New Jersey

"We are so grateful to Dr. Kim for her compassion and kindness helping us and our beautiful Jacy through a difficult time.....thank you always."


Long Valley, New Jersey

"I can't thank Dr Kim Slade enough for her compassion. She was so caring, loving and gentle. We were in no way rushed through anything. All of our questions were answered, and everything was explained. Augie was able to pass in her own home peacefully, gently with my husband and myself with her. Kim truly cared about Augie and us. I really don't know how she does what she does because it seems to take an emotional toll on her as well, but I thank God there are compassionate vets like her. I wish I had know about this choice for my past pets."

Sis Herb
Flanders, New Jersey

"Without Dr Slade this terrible situation would have been more traumatic for both Zoey and our family. She came with love and compassion and Zoey went right to her, trusted her and she passed away peacefully and in our home in our arms. I cant imagine doing that job but I am so thankful the she does it. Thank you."

KATHLEEN SHAFFERY
Flanders, New Jersey

"I can't say enough kind things about Dr Kim Slade except that she is the best. I had to put my best boy of 15 1/2 yrs down last Sunday and Dr Slade was a God Send. She was so loving and gentle and made it so much easier. From her call beforehand, thru the process and afterwards. I can't say enough good things about her. Thank you Dr Slade for being there for us all. My boy Petie was truly blessed to have the best vet ease his transition to the rainbow 🌈 bridge ❤️❤️❤️"

CAROLYN OEFELEIN
WASHINGTON, New Jersey

"We can't thank Lap of Love and Dr. Kim Slade enough. We first met in March of 2020 when our dog, Daisy, a 16 year old hound, was having trouble with eating and we thought we would have to put her down. Dr. Slade came to our home and evaluated Daisy and made some recommendations for symptom control. Within a few days, Daisy had new life and energy and we were able to have 7 good months with her before it was her time to go. During that time, she enjoyed long walks, the beach, and being with the family. In October, Daisy had an acute change in her status. We talked through the process with Dr. Kim, who had been regularly checking in on us over the past few months, and we mutually agreed that it was time to put Daisy down. Dr. Kim came to our home and was there for Daisy and for us. Her compassion, understanding, tone, and warmth were so very much appreciated. Our dog passed away peacefully while lying in her favorite bed, under her favorite blanket, in the warmth of the sun by a window she loved to lay in front of with us by her side. Thank you Dr. Slade, our family is so thankful for you and will be forever grateful for you!"

Colin O'Reilly
Morris Plains, 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
“So thankful to have Jacy be a part of our lives since picking her up on a cold day in February 2007 as a puppy! She loved her tennis balls....3 at a time! Loved to sit outside on a cool day! Loved to eat tuna salad straight from the bowl and salmon stick treats were a favorite. Our time together will always be remembered in a special place of ...
December 13, 2020
“Aug Dog, my sweet Puppa,
I love you and miss you so much. You were my little shadow, my constant best buddy, and helped me through so much. You were always there with a shoulder to cry on, and when the kids left for college, those little shoulders got very wet. Such a good listener, and things always seemed a little better.
I will miss your ...
Sis Herb
December 7, 2020
“Tiny but Mighty
We have laid our beloved Zoey to rest after 15 glorious years together. She licked our tears, she snuggled us daily. She was our shadow, our protection, our precious little baby girl. She loved us fiercely and we can still feel that love even though she is gone. ZOEY G.D.O.A.T.”
KATHLEEN SHAFFERY
November 21, 2020
“My beautiful “Hope”. Unexpectedly, almost 16 years ago you found your way into my life. My personal wish of some day uniting with a “gray” became a reality. So began our journey. You and I, at each other’s side, sharing every single aspect of whatever life happened to throw our way. Our relationship IS that beyond any human association. Your ...
Linda Accunzo
August 6, 2020
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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