Annapolis-Baltimore Area

  (443) 470-6454

  [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 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

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 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.

"This was one of the most difficult moments I've had in all my years. But Dr. Rachel was so loving and reassuring that my boy would go peacefully and without pain. She called me as she was on the way to our home and we had a very long conversation where I recounted Bravey's life and the difficulties with his health. The day before she was scheduled to arrive, Bravey had a GREAT day. In fact, I don't recall seeing him so happy. Ever. I was apprehensive of the decision and thought so many times that I was going to cancel because of this. Dr. Rachel gave me perspective that while he may have had a great day, his health was declining and those great days were numbered. It was the best path to allow him to go peaceful without the suffering that would come with the following days. This brought me comfort and allowed me to get out of my selfishness. When she arrived, she walked me through everything and also gave me the worst case scenarios so I wouldn't be shocked. She also allowed me to express my sadness and grief without judgement. When it was time, Brave chose his small walk-in shower to be his final resting place and somehow Dr. Rachel maneuvered in a way that allowed us to both be by his side as he took his last breath. She carried him out on a stretcher that persevered his dignity. I am ever so grateful for the love and support you showed during these difficult times, Dr. Rachel.

Thank you for everything. You will be remembered fondly in Brave's journey.

Thank you,

Melissa"

Melissa Gibson
Bowie, Maryland

"I can only describe Dr. Kelly as an angel sent to us to help us through one of the most difficult times any pet owner will endure. We had never met Dr. Kelly before, but she became someone who shared a moment in time we will never forget and therefore, she will always be remembered fondly and with the utmost gratitude. Dr. Kelly entered our home with the utmost sensitivity and knew right away what to say and do to make the next steps as bearable as possible. She treated our Cody (and us too!) with so much kindness, gentleness and dignity. How difficult it must be to enter a stranger's home, put their beloved family member to sleep and provide so much comfort while doing so. I just can't say enough about Dr. Kelly and the Lap of Love organization. What a much needed loving and caring service. God Bless you Dr. Kelly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so exceptional! Fondly, Laura and Leann Burkley."

Laura Burkley
Beltsville, Maryland

"Dr. Klickman was kind and compassionate. It is most appreciated to know that there are people who value the lives of our four leg family members. She treated our beloved dog with dignity and respect. Thank you."

Lorna Ozgun
Ellicott City, Maryland

"Today Chase went to rest in heaven. He was a very large American Yellow Labrador. I loved him more then anything in the universe. Yes, he was my baby, but he was such a sweet pure soul. Dr. Rachel Klickman was an angel sent to us. She is the very Best. She is perfect in every way. Please do not hesitate to use Lap of Love, in particular Dr. Klickman."

Sharon Nelson
Pasadena, Maryland

"Lap of Love was amazing throughout this difficult process. They were kind and compassionate on the phone and really did understand what we were going through. Dr. Rachel was patient and loving from the moment she arrived and although it was one of our worst days, she made sure Clare was treated well and that we were able to properly say good-bye. She was sensitive to everyone's feelings and wanted Clare to be peaceful and comfortable throughout. We believe she was, and we highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone facing this incredibly challenging decision."


Glen Burnie, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was there when we needed help the most. Her compassion about animals showed in her words and actions. We really appreciate that Dr. Rachel took the time to speak with us and the gentle care for Dewey during his last moments with us.

Dewey's illness came on suddenly and her explanation helped us accept that we did all we could for him. It was a peaceful passing and we have Dr. Rachel to thank for helping during the most difficult time."

Patty Moss
Annapolis, 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
“Dear Bravey,

I miss you more than you will ever know. I feel your loss deep in my heart and wish that I could see your wagging tail in every moment that you're gone.

You brought me so much joy and love and I am so thankful for that. You showed me how to show unconditional love and appreciation for a time that I knew was short-lived. ...
Melissa Gibson
August 4, 2020
“Spanky was born on a horse farm in Stewiacke Nova Scotia. We have always had an affection for Jack Russell’s and their comical personalities. In our search we somehow found our little girl 1200 miles away bred by a woman who was passionate about her Jack Russell’s, it just felt right. The day we adopted her, we arrived at the farm to the sight ...
Lorna Ozgun
July 16, 2020
“Sweet Clare, we miss you every day. Taking you on walks and rides or sitting with you in the sunshine were highlights of our days. Your smiling face made us all smile, too. You brought love to everyone you met, and your presence is greatly missed in our home. We all miss your licks and your paintbrush tail. We are glad your suffering is over, ...
June 27, 2020
“Every day with Dewey Cat was a good day. Dewey passed away peacefully on Sunday after a sudden illness, and we miss him more than words can say. I keep looking for my shadow and you're not here. Dewey, you have a special place in my heart.”
Patty Moss
June 24, 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
P.O. Box 1453
Annapolis, Maryland 21404

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