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.

"Lap of Love is just wonderful. From the very first phone call to the day we said goodbye to our beloved pet, the support we received was beyond our expectations. Dr. Kim guided us through her visit with kind words, wisdom, and even a little laughter! She pampered our sweet 17 year old kitty with treats and love, and put him to rest with compassion and grace. The entire experience was peaceful, and Dr. Kim made us just as comfortable as she did our pet. We're so thankful to have chosen this service and to have met Dr. Kim!"

Michell Kasar
Piscataway, New Jersey

"Dr. Slade was the perfect doctor and person. Obviously, this was an unenviable task and she handled it with aplomb. She was not simply a doctor, but also a friend. She knew what my family and me were going through, and she cared for us as much as she cared for our cat, Scraps. Dr. Slade made Scraps last few minutes as comfortable as possible. She was there for us at such a depressing time and I cannot thank her enough."

Marjorie Sommer
Bergen, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim expressed true compassion & sympathy from the moment she arrived at my door. Her hugs deserve an award. She was sure that my baby was comfortable and listened and truly cared for our Lucy in her final moments. This has been a long road and we were at the end of a long battle with our girl and Dr. Kim and all involved at the Lap of Love made the decision that much easier. I can’t thank them enough for being there at a moments notice when Lucy needed them most."

Melissa Miller
Ringwood, New Jersey

"We will be forever grateful to Dr. Kim and the staff of Lap of Love. On one of the most difficult days of our lives, Dr. Kim and the Lap of Love Staff were compassionate, loving and caring. Dr. Kim helped guide us through a heartfelt decision and to answer our questions with professionalism and grace. Having the option for our beloved dog to remain home and to pass with dignity and peacefully made all the difference.

Although we are still heartbroken, we can focus on our wonderful memories and not on how we could have handled things differently. We will always be thankful to Dr. Kim for coming into our home and helping our family through a challenging time."

Jessica Manganiello
Randolph, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim was wonderful! She was so kind, compassionate, and patient. She took her time with our Oliver and sent him to the bridge very peacefully. All animals should be sent to the bridge in the comfort of their own home - - not at the vet where it is stressful and I even work at a veterinary hospital. I can't say enough about Dr. Kim. God Bless her!"

Marilyn & Bill Sergent
Vienna, New Jersey

"We had 2 Lap of Love vets that were perfect for the times we needed them. Dr. Slade guided us through the hospice process so that we got to care for our Mikey for as long as we could and know when the time was right to have him put to rest. Dr. Shannon came to us in our hour of need when it was time to put our fur baby to rest and she was so gentle and thoughtful with him. All went peacefully and quickly. All went so well. We thank them both from the bottom of our hearts."

Gladys Nay
PHILLIPSBURG, 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 Love Lucy ❤️”
Melissa Miller
February 15, 2019
“Oh dear sweet Oliver, Daddy and I will miss you so much! You feared nothing. You would bull-doze your way through anything with that nose. It didn't matter to you that you were blind, you managed just fine. If your brothers and sisters made you mad, you got right in their face and gave them hell. Your were a messy fellow, but that didn't ...
Marilyn & Bill Sergent
February 9, 2019
“Mikey was the smallest cat with the largest, bravest & loving heart. He was soft, kind, sweet and the most loving animal I have ever known. His middle name was Romeo because he was so loving. He was always there, showing us how much he cared for us, especially if we were sick. When I came down with a bad case of the flu, all I was aware of in the ...
Gladys Nay
February 7, 2019
“Our hearts ache with the loss of this beautiful girl with the biggest personality and sweetest face. She never met another being she didn't like and her happy tail was a force to be reckoned with. We will never be the same without her.”
Meredeth Oliver
January 25, 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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