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

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.

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. Shannon

Shannon Cabell, DVM

I grew up in a small town in Union County, New Jersey, and have had pets for as long as I can remember. As a toddler, my first dog’s name was Skittles, after my favorite candy. Later, our cat, Schuyler, and dog, Cody, joined the family. I loved growing up with pets and believe that my lifelong association with them helped shape who I am today.

In addition to my love for our family pets, I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in healthcare. As a child and young adult, I wasn’t sure if that was human health or animal health, so I dabbled in both. My very first job was at a veterinary hospital, where I received incredible hands-on experience. This position reinforced my affinity for interacting with small animals and taught me the immense value of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

My undergraduate studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts brought about several new adventures that shaped my career path. One of the most influential experiences was becoming a student EMT. I learned invaluable skills through being on-call and helping my peers; however, this experience also solidified my desire to practice medicine with animals instead of humans. During my senior year, I was granted a volunteer opportunity at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which still remains one of my most treasured undertakings, with the opportunity to care for all types of animals.  

My passion led me to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon graduating, I moved back to my home state of New Jersey and began my veterinary career in general practice. I found that my greatest interests rested in preventative medicine, helping pets to maintain optimal quality of life, and house call appointments, which I was occasionally able to leave the clinic to do. I gained an appreciation for the reduced stress of both the pet and their owner that house call visits offer; therefore, preserving the human-animal bond while receiving veterinary care.

It brings particular satisfaction having transitioned into a role of helping more families in the comfort of their home, especially through their pet’s final delicate moments. As a long-time pet parent, I’ve experienced the loss of several pets, with each one holding an undeniably unique place in my heart. Although a doctor, I know what it feels like to be “mom.” I’ve worn both hats. My intention is to help families make decisions based on medical knowledge while understanding the feelings associated with losing their furry family member.

It is my responsibility as a veterinarian to use my knowledge and skills for the prevention and relief of animal suffering. Providing the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge is an honor and privilege that deeply touches my heart.

About Shannon Cabell, DVM

I grew up in a small town in Union County, New Jersey, and have had pets for as long as I can remember. As a toddler, my first dog’s name was Skittles, after my favorite candy. Later, our cat, Schuyler, and dog, Cody, joined the family. I loved growing up with pets and believe that my lifelong association with them helped shape who I am today.

In addition to my love for our family pets, I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in healthcare. As a child and young adult, I wasn’t sure if that was human health or animal health, so I dabbled in both. My very first job was at a veterinary hospital, where I received incredible hands-on experience. This position reinforced my affinity for interacting with small animals and taught me the immense value of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

My undergraduate studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts brought about several new adventures that shaped my career path. One of the most influential experiences was becoming a student EMT. I learned invaluable skills through being on-call and helping my peers; however, this experience also solidified my desire to practice medicine with animals instead of humans. During my senior year, I was granted a volunteer opportunity at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which still remains one of my most treasured undertakings, with the opportunity to care for all types of animals.  

My passion led me to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon graduating, I moved back to my home state of New Jersey and began my veterinary career in general practice. I found that my greatest interests rested in preventative medicine, helping pets to maintain optimal quality of life, and house call appointments, which I was occasionally able to leave the clinic to do. I gained an appreciation for the reduced stress of both the pet and their owner that house call visits offer; therefore, preserving the human-animal bond while receiving veterinary care.

It brings particular satisfaction having transitioned into a role of helping more families in the comfort of their home, especially through their pet’s final delicate moments. As a long-time pet parent, I’ve experienced the loss of several pets, with each one holding an undeniably unique place in my heart. Although a doctor, I know what it feels like to be “mom.” I’ve worn both hats. My intention is to help families make decisions based on medical knowledge while understanding the feelings associated with losing their furry family member.

It is my responsibility as a veterinarian to use my knowledge and skills for the prevention and relief of animal suffering. Providing the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge is an honor and privilege that deeply touches my heart.

"Dr. Shannon Cabell was truly amazing, with the assistance of sending our 12 and a half year old dachshund angel, Rocco, over the Rainbow Bridge.

These past few months were very difficult for all of us, and we all experienced many different emotions, leading up to our final decision as a family to allow our angel, Rocco, to rest easily and peacefully.

As soon as we met Dr. Shannon, we all instantly felt a sense of comfort. Although it was a difficult experience, she made us all feel at ease, including Rocco. I know that he crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully and comfortably, without any pain or fear. Dr. Shannon's professionalism and grace is admirable, and I know in my heart that Rocco is thankful and happy. We couldn’t have gotten through this without her support, and we will always be truly grateful."

Lauren D'Onofrio
Manchester, New Jersey

"Thank you Dr. Shannon for your peaceful and kind support during this difficult time. Your compassion is a gift. We know we made the right choice for Annai to avoid her suffering in her final days."

M Sikora
Lawrenceville, New Jersey

"With compassion and kindness, Dr. Shannon guided us through one of the hardest moments of our lives. She helped our beloved Pearl pass so peacefully in the comfort of her home with dignity and respect. She spent over an hour with us, allowing us and encouraging us comfort our girl while we said goodbye to our sweet girl. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and compassion and for making the time to come so that our Pearl didn't have to suffer through the weekend.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Shannon.

The Ambrose family"

Amy Ambrose
Brick, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was such a lovely, warm person. She came from an hour away immediately because Fang was in distress. She never rushed us at all and was just such a respectable woman. I could not have asked for a better way to have assisted my girl over the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you so much Dr. Shannon."

Donna Applegate
Toms River, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was great, she was very quiet, calming and even let my dog Bobby jump on her when he greeted her. She made the transition much smoother and let me realize that I indeed am doing the right thing."

Bea Ferreira
East Brunswick, New Jersey

"Thank you to Dr. Shannon for seeing that Rocky passed peacefully. We are grateful."

Family Cogland
Old Bridge, New Jersey

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (609) 259-8300

NorthStar VETS Pet Loss and Bereavement

  (732) 922-0011

Garden State Veterinary Specialists

  (856) 234-4688

Petfriends, Pet Loss Support

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group

  (732) 363-3200

Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Trenton area, including parts of Mercer, Burlington, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Born a dog.....died a gentleman.....
Man’s best friend.....no truer words have ever been spoken. From minute one, you became instantly attached to me and stayed there right by my side up until the very end. The most gentle soul I’ve ever known. Loyal, good natured, and so loving, you never batted an eye to any of the changes we all went thru over ...
Lauren D'Onofrio
May 26, 2019
“Dear Annai,

We are so grateful to have had you for our puppy. You were a sweet and good girl who always wanted to please her humans! We miss you tail wagging to greet us when we come home. We know you are no longer in pain and that you are finally at rest. We love you!

Love your family,
Michael, Maureen, Mike, Steven, Christina , ...
M Sikora
May 21, 2019
“We were planning to adopt a dog and were having trouble with the process. We were out one day and stopped in a pet shop where my sister bought a beautiful puppy, thinking we wanted a younger puppy. Then we saw you and took one look at those eyes, and just knew. I beleive to this day we saved your life as you were an older puppy, less likely to ...
Amy Ambrose
May 15, 2019
“Fang (aka) Fangetta
You were the reason I came home. You knew my sadness and you were my happiness! You were my fresh, sassy girl and my black pearl. You were my heart.. I can only hope you are waiting for me with daddy. Snowfall will never be the same for me - you would eat it as you walked! How you loved it! I especially miss your ...
Donna Applegate
May 10, 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 5305
Trenton, NJ 08638

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