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.

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 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.

"I can’t say enough about the wonderful experience I had with Dr Slade. She displayed such compassion and understanding of the pain I was going through. She was so gentle and gave Jack a peaceful experience on his journey back home. I highly recommend her and Lap of Love if you are looking for that type of experience for your pet."

Andrea Misiewicz
Bedminster, New Jersey

"On her favorite couch, on her favorite blanket, with the warm sun streaming down, and surrounded by her loving family was the way we said goodbye to our Tianella. What was the most difficult decision of our lives was made easier by the genuine and caring nature of Dr. Kim. She assured us that we were making the right decision and allowed all of us to be together this one last time. With respect and dignity, our girl crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When we look back on this moment, what we will remember is Dr. Kim and how she made the impossible bearable. Thank you."

Nadine Siciliano
WHIPPANY, New Jersey

"We are so thankful for Lap of Love! Dr. Kim was so loving and compassionate and made one of the most difficult events actually beautiful and peaceful for us and our sweet Abbey. Dr. Kim truly loves animals (and their owners) and we are so grateful to her for walking with us through this sad time."

Jim, Michelle & Matthew Iannicelli
Succasunna, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim Slade was excellent. She was very comforting. During this Covid-19 pandemic she ha no problem masking up and doing the euthanasia outside. She treated Lucy like her own dog and made us feel comfortable that Lucy was not going to feel anything. When Lucy was gone the gentleman who was transporting Lucy to the crematorium turned out to be a Facebook friend and I was again comforted knowing she was now in the hands of a friend. We were given a lock of Lucy’s hair and a clay footprint and we await her ashes. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who loves their pets."

James Racioppi
East Hanover, New Jersey

"I just want to thank Dr. Kim for making Cookie's journey so peaceful and lovely. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, given the circumstances. She made Cookie and all of us feel comfortable and loved. Our hearts are breaking, but there was no fear for Cookie, just peace. Thank you so much Dr. Kim 💜"

Ellen Pietrewicz
Hackettstown, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim Slade has truly found her calling. A genuine loving soul, she is nurturing, loving and so compassionate. She eased our concerns and was absolutely gentle with our Ariel. She is truly an angel on Earth and she made this very difficult time very easy for us. We are so eternally grateful, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts."

Liz & Max B.
Northwest, 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
“I knew when I first held Jack at 8 weeks old in the palm of my hand that we were going to embark on an amazing journey together. Jack was a rescue. He was taken from his mother way too early and attached to me instantly. He never left my side and would cry the minute I left him. He was often referred to as my “shadow”. My love for him goes beyond ...
Andrea Misiewicz
June 4, 2020
“Goodbye my little girl. You made us laugh you made us cry but most of all you protected us with all you had. You were given a bum rap with your knee surgery, hip dysplasia , arthritis and cancer. But you were a warrior right up to the last minute. You didn’t like other dogs but you loved people and loved visitors. I never got to eat the crust of ...
James Racioppi
April 5, 2020
“Ariel was a beautiful dog whom endured so much within the first few years of her life. Ariel was a rescue but what she didn't realize is she rescued us. She is survived by her human mom and dad and her fur brother Maxie. Ariel was so grateful for her second chance at life. No matter what she endured in her past, she did not let it define who ...
Liz & Max B.
March 17, 2020
“Schwarzi our 100lb Giant Schnazuer was a true gentleman. He was a robust pup who loved to be around us and everyone who came to the house, push up against them and beg for some some back rubbing before he would leave a guest alone. He was not shy to demand his share of table scraps, enjoyed his big meals, every day long walks and his safe home. ...
Beatrix & Roland Nemeth
March 11, 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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