PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$310
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$360

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rosewood urn with a brass nameplate and will be returned to you within two weeks via mail.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$160
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$205
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$255

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 scattered 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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Rachel

Rachel Klickman

I come from a family of animal lovers. My life started surrounded by cats and dogs, and eventually my family expanded to include goats, rabbits, rats, and a number of birds. I've always loved animals but it wasn't until I met a veterinary technician during one of my own pet's appointments that I decided to make it a career. I started by working at an emergency clinic in Baltimore as a receptionist, then went to school to become a registered veterinary technician. After several years working in emergency, specialty, and general clinics as a technician, and with an ever increasing passion, I decided to apply to veterinary school and graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, I shared my life with more cats and dogs, my big (ok, fat) grey cat Guiness, his fiesty housemate Tiger (yes, a tabby!), my goofy Rotti mix, Chance, and my diva toy poodle, Pixie. Each of them developed chronic health problems as they got older and taught me not only about medicine from a doctor's point of view, but also about the joys and struggles of caring for aging pets as an owner. I learned through experience that you can't always do every treatment available or run every test…that sometimes there is no answer, or no treatment…that quality must always be more important than quantity and there is a time to say no more. And when each one left me, I knew it was right, but that didn't make it any easier.

I realized during my decade in general practice that one of the most important things I do as a veterinarian is to help owners at the end of their pets' lives. Surgery and medicine are rewarding, but the most difficult decision and time in many people's lives is the last good bye. This is when veterinarians are needed the most. I was able to honor some of my clients' requests to help their beloved dog or cat pass at home and saw the relief in their eyes that they didn't have to stress their pet one last time. My own pets hated coming to work with me and I understood as an owner how important it was for them to take their last breath in their own beds, if possible. As I have gotten further in my career, it has become more and more important to me that owners have the option for in home hospice and end of life care. Working for Lap of Love gives me the ability to devote all my professional time to helping pets pass peacefully and to helping owners through this process. It’s not easy to make this decision but it is a gift that we give, to love them so much that we let them go.

My family now consists of a Dachshund with short dog syndrome, a Bernese Mountain Dog who loves life and everyone in it more than anyone else I know, and 2 cats who rule us all. They are my constant companions, whether I am working on a craft project, cooking, making wine, or reading. They remind me every day that the bond we humans have with the animals in our care deserves respect and they drive me to make sure I give people and their pets the care I would want for my own crew.

Dr. Kelly

Kelly Stockton

I grew up in the 70’s in Chevy Chase, MD which is a suburb of Washington, DC.  It was a lovely area and time that allowed me to have pets throughout my life.  I wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age as evidenced by stories that I wrote in elementary school – one wherein I had to patch up one of Santa’s reindeer one Christmas Eve. 

Luckily, I was able to fulfill my dream and graduate from the Veterinary school at VA Tech - the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  Over the past 20+ years, I have exclusively practiced emergency medicine enjoying the spontaneity and variety of cases that presented themselves.   

A significant amount of cases required counseling owners about when it would be in their pet’s best interest to consider euthanasia which is the ultimate responsibility for an owner to handle.  Having been in their position, with my first pup as an adult, I know it is the hardest decision to make and one that is almost always second guessed.  Helping owners make the decision and to confirm that they are doing the best thing for the loved one is a rewarding experience. 

When I am not working, I relax with my sweet pup, Cricket, who is a Schnorkie.  We watch movies, build LEGOs, play Sudoku, and cross stitch.  My little sister and her family live nearby giving me the chance to watch her kids grow up.

About Rachel Klickman

I come from a family of animal lovers. My life started surrounded by cats and dogs, and eventually my family expanded to include goats, rabbits, rats, and a number of birds. I've always loved animals but it wasn't until I met a veterinary technician during one of my own pet's appointments that I decided to make it a career. I started by working at an emergency clinic in Baltimore as a receptionist, then went to school to become a registered veterinary technician. After several years working in emergency, specialty, and general clinics as a technician, and with an ever increasing passion, I decided to apply to veterinary school and graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, I shared my life with more cats and dogs, my big (ok, fat) grey cat Guiness, his fiesty housemate Tiger (yes, a tabby!), my goofy Rotti mix, Chance, and my diva toy poodle, Pixie. Each of them developed chronic health problems as they got older and taught me not only about medicine from a doctor's point of view, but also about the joys and struggles of caring for aging pets as an owner. I learned through experience that you can't always do every treatment available or run every test…that sometimes there is no answer, or no treatment…that quality must always be more important than quantity and there is a time to say no more. And when each one left me, I knew it was right, but that didn't make it any easier.

I realized during my decade in general practice that one of the most important things I do as a veterinarian is to help owners at the end of their pets' lives. Surgery and medicine are rewarding, but the most difficult decision and time in many people's lives is the last good bye. This is when veterinarians are needed the most. I was able to honor some of my clients' requests to help their beloved dog or cat pass at home and saw the relief in their eyes that they didn't have to stress their pet one last time. My own pets hated coming to work with me and I understood as an owner how important it was for them to take their last breath in their own beds, if possible. As I have gotten further in my career, it has become more and more important to me that owners have the option for in home hospice and end of life care. Working for Lap of Love gives me the ability to devote all my professional time to helping pets pass peacefully and to helping owners through this process. It’s not easy to make this decision but it is a gift that we give, to love them so much that we let them go.

My family now consists of a Dachshund with short dog syndrome, a Bernese Mountain Dog who loves life and everyone in it more than anyone else I know, and 2 cats who rule us all. They are my constant companions, whether I am working on a craft project, cooking, making wine, or reading. They remind me every day that the bond we humans have with the animals in our care deserves respect and they drive me to make sure I give people and their pets the care I would want for my own crew.

"Thank you for a wonderful service. We appreciate Dr. Kelly Stockton and Lisa Sagan for being so kind during this difficult time. We felt so loved during this service. We appreciate their kindness and love during this hard time for my family.

The Jacobo Family"

Carol Jacobo
Annapolis, Maryland

"I have been faced with saying good bye to my dogs over many years. This time I decided to let Snoopie go be with her friends in heaven from home. Dr. Rachel was so wonderful and patient. Sharing her Veterinary knowledge and experience she reassured me this was the right time since Snoopie only had days to live. She treated Snoopie like family and she was incredibly kind to me giving all the time I needed to say good bye. Snoopie was calm and at peace the entire time. Truly a wonderful gift. This was a much better experience than in the Veterinary Clinic. I would also like to thank Amanda who handled setting up the appointment. She was also exceptionally kind and thoughtful when explaining everything. My heart is filled with appreciation. Thank you."

susan carter
Bowie, Maryland

"I am so thankful for Dr. Kelly and Laps of Love for allowing us to peacefully transition Maggie over the Rainbow bridge. Dr. Kelly was so sweet, and gentle and calming and respectful of our sweet little girl. Having this experience made all the different in the world in letting our Maggie go. Being able to give Maggie a peaceful exit, totally stress and anxiety free.... there just aren't words to describe how important that was to me.... Maggie left me with peace and dignity and I am eternally thankful to Dr. Kelly and Laps of Love for giving me that gift."

Shannon Thompson
Edgewater, Maryland

"Dr Kelly made one of the most difficult moments of our life the most precious. Thank you for being Watson's angel...you will forever be in our hearts. You gave him his ticket to the rainbow bridge. We'll be forever eternally grateful for making Watson's transition a blessing and a special event for our family. Thank you. Dr Kelly"

Martiel Beatty
Shady Side, Maryland

"I am so glad I found Laps of Love. I've had to say goodbye to many other cats in my life, and often that involved putting the sick/aging kitty into a carrier and taking him to the vet. What a difference it makes, to both the animal and to its owner, to have a vet come into your home to help you say goodbye. From the first phone call my husband made to set up the appointment (I was too upset to make the call), to the email I received verifying everything, to Dr. Stockton actually arriving at my home, everyone was SO very caring and understanding and everything was so very peaceful. Dr. Stockton was compassionate, kind and positive when working with my little fellow, O.G. (Orange Guy), as well as with me. She spoke to him, and to me, gently but also with a somewhat cheerful and positive tone, rather than a somber one, which helped me feel less depressed about the situation. (O.G. did, after all, live for 18 years, and seemed to have about 12 lives over the past 3 years). Dr. Stockton even asked what music I would like her to play for O.G. when she transported him (his body) to the vet. I have all the confidence in the world that O.G. was, indeed, listening to "Wicked" on that car ride. (I also should add that Dr. Stockton came to my house during the Covid Virus stay-at-home order, despite the risks. That says a lot about her, her dedication to her work, and to her compassion as well). I can't thank Laps of Love, and especially Dr. Stockton, enough."

Brenda Kahn
Columbia, Maryland

"Dr. Kelly Stockton made the transition a little less traumatic by not rushing us, and talking us through the procedure. Her gentle and patient demeanor reassured us that our sweet Lily would be taken care of in the best way. Thank you!"

Lucky & Co
Rockville, Maryland

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (410) 224-0331

Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis

  (410) 788-7040

Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Catonsville

  (301) 809-8800

Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic, Bowie

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the areas in and around Annapolis and Baltimore. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be additional fee of $50-$100 for extended travel.

Pet Memorials
“Our beloved Pinti passed away yesterday, May 21, 2020 in our home at the tender age of 16. She passed away next to Natty, Nicole, and me.
There are no words that can say what she meant to our family, but she gave us lots of love, companionship, friendship, and protected our family when Rod was away; and all she wanted in return was a meaty or ...
Carol Jacobo
May 23, 2020
“We shared a special bond from the first moment. You were the runt of the litter and you just wanted to be loved. We took you home, and loved on you and you instantly connected as my little girl and from then on out we were a team. When you got kennel cough, I spent every day and night with you, holding you in my arms with your head on my ...
Shannon Thompson
May 18, 2020
“Dear Watson, you left us too soon... you were only 8.
As my service dog, you saved me so many times. You will forever be loved and cherished
We miss sweet boy.

xoxo,
Martiel & Rob, Chris and Connor”
Martiel Beatty
May 9, 2020
“"The Best Boo in the 'Boo'niverse!"
Sweet Lily has ended her journey with us and now takes her rightful place in the heavens.

Over 13 years, she brought us endless joy and companionship, from the first "happy pees" through countless welcome home licks and tail wags, and grateful eyes up until the end. A perfect combination of Lab/Chow/Husky, ...
Lucky & Co
April 27, 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.

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 1453
Annapolis, Maryland 21404

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