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.

"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

"There is never a time that feels right to say good-bye to your fur-baby. Dr. Kim brought me great comfort. The loss is unmeasurable but so was my love for my 14 and a half year old Vizsla. Dr. Kim took the time to sit with my girl and reassured me that I was doing what was best for her. Dr. Kim has such a peaceful manner about her; she was professional and kind and clearly has a love for animals. I cannot thank her enough for helping me through the journey of helping my girl get to the Rainbow Bridge pain free. Lap of Love has been so great throughout the process."

Michelle Knapp
Hackettstown, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim was truly a godsend. She made one of the hardest things we ever had to do so much better. You can’t be better at your job than Dr. Kim is at hers."

David & Melanie White
Morristown, New Jersey

"We had to say goodbye to our precious goldendoodle last week. What was a heartbreaking experience, was made more endurable by the love and compassion of Dr. Kim. She embraced our whole family of people and dogs and surrounded our pet with comfort and love in her final moments. We will always be grateful for her tenderness, warmth and guidance."

Emily Polk
Augusta, New Jersey

"It seems that I cannot express how grateful I am that Lap of Love and Dr. Slade were at my side through one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. As I emphasize once again to Dr. Slade, "Thank you does not seem to be enough to convey the heartfelt emotion in how you carried me and my baby through this extremely difficult time. Lap of Love is now part of me and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Your gifted devotion to this calling is that of no other comparison. I do believe that people enter the lives of one another, their paths cross, at certain times for a reason.

I am so blessed and privileged of having you as one of those special people."

With all one's heart,

Linda"

Linda Accunzo
Hanover Township, New Jersey

"We can not say enough about Dr. Slade and how thankful we were for her. Butchie's passing was so peaceful and so beautiful. We never did a home passing before and were so nervous but Dr. Slade was so kind and we truly appreciated her taking her time with us. Dr. Slade confirmed how sick Butchie was and it meant the world to us because holding a life and death in your hands is too hard and there is always doubt. Even how she carried him away in a basket in the front seat of her car instead of a plastic bag in her trunk gave us the extra attention to his send off we needed for ourselves and wanted for him. We didn't know if we could be strong enough to stay with Butchie and watch him pass, but Dr. Slade helped us so so much and we are truly thankful for that and such a beautiful ending to such a beautiful life."

Jennifer Grzenda
PISCATAWAY, 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
“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
“Yesterday we said goodbye to our beautiful, funny, lovable, sweet Butchie von Terrier. We made the decision earlier in the week to let him cross the Rainbow Bridge to Heaven. We got to hug him for the whole week and cry and tell him how much we love him and how much we were going to miss him. We let him know the whole week that he can go, and even ...
Jennifer Grzenda
July 27, 2020
“Doogie, since you've come into our life you have given us so much life, love and laughter. We can only hope you were as happy as we were. Thank you for all the years of being there for me and my boys. We will never forget you, you will always hold a special place in our heart and always be our puppy! WE LOVE YOU DOOGIE.”
Christian Gross
June 17, 2020
“Meatball was my Best Buddy! I miss our walkies, conversations and sharing meals and snacks. She was always there with me and life is so empty without my girl! I will never forget her. She gave me so much love, more than anyone deserves. 15 years together. 5490 days of friendship and love. Thank you Meatball.”
Christine Barberi
June 16, 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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