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.

"Dr.kim Slade was just a beautiful soul we were honored to meet her my monte gave one last boxer wiggle"

Lisa Coppola
Caldwell, New Jersey

"I can't begin to tell you how kind and compassionate Dr. Kim was when she came to our house. We, unfortunately, had to make an untimely decision which was not easy. We did not want to bring our dog, Finn, to a vets office to be put down. We felt it was too impersonal and did not want to follow through with a procedure that would place our pet in an unfamiliar setting that would make it even more uncomfortable for the both of us. This decision was not easy but we wanted the best for our dog who deserved to pass with dignity in the arms of a loved one in a comfortable, familiar surrounding. Dr. Kim was compassionate as well as professional, although due to my being overwrought with grief I was not able to communicate that at the time. I am very comforted in the fact that I chose Lap of Love to help us at this difficult time. I would certainly recommend them to anyone in this situation. It was not easy but it was the best alternative for us. I would like to thank Dr. Kim and Lap of Love for their help in our time of need."

John Faivre
Old Tappan, New Jersey

"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 Haggerty
Hillsdale, 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 Dyer
Denville, 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 Fong
CHESTER, 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 Emusov
Hamburg, 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
“Monte was our world he battled tcell lymphoma for almost 2yrs ! I believe he was my angel who was sent to me to help me with both of my parents passing, coming up on my moms 1yr anniversary dec 30th he fought hard but i couldn't let him stay , the day he couldn't get up to potty is not a life worth living so we agreed to have I'm ...
Lisa Coppola
December 28, 2018
“Lexi was such an amazing pup. She had such soulful eyes that seem to read whatever you were feeling. She was always by my side. I would sit down to do hair and make up and she would squirm her way onto my lap no matter how uncomfortable she was. And she would melt into my lap. She also had a 'Winn Dixie" smile oh my God she was too adorable. She ...
Linda Haggerty
November 9, 2018
“Daisy Grape Dyer

I knew for weeks that we didn't have much longer together on this earth, and I tried to prepare for this finality as best I could. But there is no preparation for the emptiness and sadness over losing our wonderfully amazing Daisy. She was the sweetest "get along" dog we could have ever asked for. Even up to the very end, ...
Heather Dyer
November 5, 2018
“Reese was our first baby together. She was our first emergency room visit. She had a great hunting nose, helping to locate the gas leak in our basement when we moved in, which everyone told me didn’t exist. Reese believed me, and she located the exact spot on the line where it was leaking.

She was a hunter, and a provider as evidenced by the ...
Ceanna Chmura
August 25, 2018
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. 

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Flanders, NJ 07836

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