Northwest New Jersey
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Kim Slade, DVM
"Dr. Kim was so warm and loving. My Daughter was only 18 years old and never (thankfully) had experienced the passing of any loved one 2 leg or 4 legs. In such a compassionate way Dr. Kim explained to Meghan why this was the best decision and what was going to happen. The whole experience was so personal and we were not rushed. Dr. Kim asked us about Lexi stories and let us remember the way she was before this dreaded day and she laughed and cried with us. Then when we were ready she explained everything that she was going to do and even then she let us tell her when she should continue. I was afraid of the time when she had to take Lexi out that neither Meghan and I should be there but Dr. Kim explained how she was going to lovingly wrap Lexi in he favorite blanky and lay her in the basket like she was sleeping. My husband helped carry Lexi to he car and he was worried she was going to put her in the back. BUT no she put her right in the front seat and belted her in! Lexi would of loved that she loved sitting in the front seat. Lap of Love and Dr. Kim made a heartbreaking time slightly better because it was so personal and Lexi got to leave this worldly existence surrounded by family love and to be at home in her favorite spot and toys. Thank you so much Dr. Kim and Lap of Love"
Linda HaggertyHillsdale, New Jersey
"We could not have gotten through this difficult time without Dr. Kim. She is just the perfect combination of warm, empathetic, kind, and gentle and she was right there with us in terms of wanting the most comfortable, peaceful and dignified ending for our sweet girl, Daisy. Her expertise also confirmed for us that we were making the right decision in terms of timing. For me, even though it was very obvious that Daisy was ready to leave this earth, it was necessary that I hear a medical expert tell me the same so that I never would question this important decision."
Heather DyerDenville, New Jersey
"Dr. Kim Slade made the difficult process of putting our senior kitty Twitch to rest as good as it could be. Twitch was a very anxious cat and wasn’t the type who liked to be handled a lot but we loved him anyway. We were able to get some medicine before the visit to calm him down. Dr. Kim handled him with expertise and compassion to make his exit as peaceful and stress free as it could be for the whole family. We were informed every step of the way of the process and the service was prompt. To be able to say goodbye in the comfort of our own home was very invaluable. Thank you Dr. Kim."
Eileen FongCHESTER, New Jersey
"Dr. Slade and the entire Lap of Love staff were truly amazing to our family during a most difficult time. Our beloved dog, Cadence, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer a few weeks ago. Sadly, we were only granted one additional week with Cadence before the decision was made to euthanize. Dr. Slade arrived at our home to perform the procedure and immediately showed us that she genuinely cared and supported our decision based on the circumstances. In the few moments she knew us, it truly felt as if Dr. Slade understood the love and bond shared between our family and Cadence. The kind words and compassion that Dr. Slade showed to us will never be forgotten. Dr. Slade is incredible, a true professional and highly recommended for anyone facing the loss of a beloved pet."
Adam EmusovHamburg, New Jersey
"When the time came for our 16 year old pup, we weren't exactly sure what to do. Dr. Kim made a very difficult time in our lives as painless as it could possibly be. She was incredibly nice, caring, understanding and compassionate. She walked us through everything slowly and answered all questions. From the moment she walked through the door we could tell that she cared about Quinley just as much as we did. We don't have words to express how truly thankful we are."
Brian HeitmanRamsey, New Jersey
"When the time came to make the decision to help my dog Maggie move across the rainbow bridge, they only thing I cared about was that it was as easy for her as possible. I had heard about Lap of Love and thought being at home would make my Maggie the most peaceful. I had no idea what to expect as I have never had to put a dog down before and was obviously very sad about losing my best friend. Dr. Kim was amazing. She called on her way to try to set my mind at ease and see if I had any special requests or questions regarding the process. Even though she and I had never met, she had such a warm way that did comfort me about the choice I was making. During the entire process, she kept checking in with me while also ensuring that Maggie's comfort throughout was her number one priority. In the short amount of time that she was able to spend with me and Maggie, she was able to grasp how much we loved each other and she reassured me of that. The way I would summarize my time spent with Dr. Kim is that she was able to make one of the worst moments of my life go as best as it could. I will always be grateful to Dr. Kim."
Ravan MagrathMontclair, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge
St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center
Newton Veterinary Hospital
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.
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.
PO Box 322Flanders, NJ 07836
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