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.

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 Eve, 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.

"When the day came for Lola to cross over the rainbow bridge, Dr. Kim was extremely kind. She hugged me the moment we met, calming my fears with that simple gesture. She explained the process, validated my conflicted emotions, and supported us every step of the way. She was so gentle with Lola. And when the time finally came, Lola passed peacefully in my arms. Dr. Kim gave us privacy as we said our last goodbyes. Dr. Kim, thank you for your warm and loving spirit and coaching through the entire experience."

Syden Abrenica
Parsippany, New Jersey

"Dr Kim Slade went above and beyond during this time and I am so grateful for her. The day before Lil Bear passed I was having a hard time coping with the decision and she spent 40 minutes on the phone with me - a stranger- consoling me while I cried my eyes out. I can not thank her enough. When she arrived at the house the next day, I felt so much more comfortable. Lil Bear was so peaceful when she arrived and we believe he knew what she was there for and was ready. Dr Slade could not have been more compassionate and kind. She made one of the hardest times of our life a beautiful one. Thank you so much."

Laura Seck
Hampton, New Jersey

"Doctor Kim enabled us to spend 9 more months with our boy Alex, 17.5 year old German Shorthair Pointer. With her loving and compassionate care, we cherished every minute of our time with him. When the time came, she helped him to cross the rainbow very peacefully. He has a special place in our hearts and is deeply missed by my husband and me as well as his brother and sister, Marcus and Mia. We reached out to Lap of Love because we wanted to let him cross the rainbow at home, the place he loved, surrounded by love and care. We are very grateful to doctor Kim for the compassionate care she gave Alex. Thank you doctor Kim. Ken & Tatiana"

Tatiana & Ken White
Oxford, New Jersey

"Dr. Slade was extremely professional and very caring and sympathetic during this extremely difficult time. Thank you Dr. Slade."

Anthony Ciancio
Piscataway, New Jersey

"Dr. Kim was an absolute blessing to my family and I in a very sad time.

Dr. Kim was more than professional- - she was genuinely caring, sympathetic, and loving. I had never met Dr. Kim before but she made me, and my Grizzly, feel extremely comfortable. Dr. Kim took the time to speak to me beforehand and asked specifically what I wanted and how I wanted things to happen. Dr. Kim gave me honesty and compassion, which helped so much that day.

I know Dr. Kim let Grizzly go in the most gentle way possible, ensuring he was comfortable and as happy as possible. I take great comfort in the manner in which Dr. Kim worked.

I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Kim and am extremely grateful for her."

Patricia Katz
Hawthorne, New Jersey

"IF (I don't like saying when) that dreadful day comes for your fur baby/babies, CALL LAP OF LOVE! They cater to various locations across the United States. When you call Lap of Love, you need to make an appointment to ensure that they are available when you need them. I knew Kandie wanted to go on Wednesday, so I called them that very day. They were booked, so I made the earliest appointment for Thursday. This sweet lady came to my house, hugged me, walked into my bedroom, took off her shoes, sat on the floor, pet Kandie, gave her treats, and made the whole thing much more bearable with putting her at peace. When it was all done, and I know this may sound morbid, she wrapped her up in a blanket in a basket. I thought this would torment me, but it was comforting, because she looked so peaceful in her final sleep. I originally didn't wanna see this happen at all, but I knew I would regret it if I wasn't at my best friend's side during her last moments. She was always by my side during the worst times of my life, when I was ugly crying and all, so it was only fair that I was there for her. I kissed Kandie's head, I told her that I loved her a thousand times, and off Dr. Kim went with the best buddy that I'll ever have. I got snippets of Kandie's fur and a clay paw print in the process. Dr. Kim left me with a pamphlet that I read that was also really comforting. Kandie's ashes will be ready in a week or two for me to pick up.

I wanted to share this to let others know what I went through and that this is an option. I didn't wanna shove Kandie in a carrier, put her in the car and have her cry and wet herself because she was being taken out of her comfort zone, and then have her layed out on a cold table at the vet (a place she hates, that any pet probably hates) with bright lights and surroundings that aren't home to her. There was no better place than home to do this for my baby. I couldn't have asked for a better way to put her at peace.

As for payment, they accept cards, cash, and checks. For me it was $685. That's including cremation. I paid the cash up front. That may be an outrageous amount to some, but to me it is worth every penny. It was only a few hundred dollars more than what the vet charges for euthanasia and cremation. I happily paid that few hundred dollars more to have this done at home. I'm sure Lap of Love would do a payment plan if you ask. I would've asked for a payment plan myself if I wasn't prepared. I had this money stored away for this very reason for a while now because I was told twice within the past few years that she needed to be put down, but I knew Kandie wasn't done until recently.

So please keep Lap of Love in mind. I was told about them by a customer at work who had to put his dog down. I'm sad that he lost his dog, but I'm thankful that I was informed of this option. I hope I can help someone else out too by sharing my experience, because pets are more than just pets, they can make a huge impact on your life that only few people can truly understand."


Ridgewood, 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
“We made the difficult decision to lay our beloved pug, Lola, to rest. Because of her fear and anxiety of the car and at the vet, we knew we wanted her to pass peacefully in our home, in my arms. Lola had a long, almost 12 years, of life. She started out as a rambunctious puppy to a protective adult and finally, a blind senior who began to suffer ...
Syden Abrenica
October 27, 2019
“On Friday morning we said goodbye to our beloved little handsome angel, Lil Bear, about a month before his 19th Birthday. He was the toughest little 5 1/2 lb dog you’ve ever met and really proved that over the last 6 months - he had the strongest heart. Lil Bear was unique and the perfect combination of spunky and sweet. He collected fans ...
Laura Seck
October 7, 2019
“Jake you were such a huge part of our family and are so very missed.
I miss and love you so much buddy, the house just isnt the same without your presence
Love and miss you my boy
We all miss you---Anthony,Tracie,,Domenica,,Anthony Jr,, Gina,,Ava,,Christopher”
Anthony Ciancio
July 23, 2019
“Kandie was the most loving soul anyone could meet. She was full of endless love and shared that with everyone who crossed her path. To know Kandie was a blessing. That cat is the reason I'm here today. She guided me through the darkest times in my life. I am so thankful that I had her for 3 months shy of 18 years. She was my best friend from the ...
May 29, 2019
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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