Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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 49 pounds$230
Pets 50-99 pounds$260
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$100
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175

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 by the crematory. 

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 8am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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. Nancy

Nancy Rodriguez, DVM

Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.

During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).

As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time. Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.

I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.

Dr. Sunday

Sunday Cozzi, DVM

As a kid, it never occurred to me that I could be a veterinarian, although animals always held my fascination. I was an only child, living with my mom—a busy graduate student. What a big deal it was to me to have my very first pets—a pair of gerbils. I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to watch them run on their exercise wheel and snuggle down in their nest together. I loved visiting the petting zoo near where my dad lived—feeding the animals and riding the resident camel. I couldn’t get enough! When my dad and stepmom got a kitten, I was over the moon! I absolutely adored him. When they got a Golden Retriever named ‘Jenny,’ I was beside myself—she was the four-legged sister I’d never had! We played hours of fetch where I would throw slobber-drenched balls as deep into the woods as possible. Since then, I have been blessed to welcome many more animals into my life—each one a special member of my family. I went on to finish high school and pursue a telecommunications degree at the University of Florida. Frankly, I was a little intimidated by science and math.

After graduation, I worked for a public radio station for a couple of years. I enjoyed my work, but felt like something was missing. I had the opportunity to hang out with some veterinary students and vet techs. Their conversations were so interesting and their work so rewarding. After volunteering at a small animal clinic and with the UF Foal Unit, I knew that vet school was for me. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. I worked for many years in small animal private practice, where I was able to really experience the depth of the human-animal bond. The most memorable moments of my career have been when I knew that I’d not only helped my patients, but helped their owners as well—through one-on-one education or counseling. I remember so many times when the waiting room was full at the end of the day, but I had a teary client in an exam room with their terminally ill pet. It was so important to me to help them and never rush them through the decision-making process and euthanasia. That is so difficult to do in a clinical setting.

As a pet owner who happens to be a veterinarian, I have had the opportunity to experience euthanasia of my beloved pets both in a clinic and at home. In fact, it didn’t occur to me to do it at home until my very anxious and fearful cat Mookie became too ill to go on. She had gotten to the point that she preferred to stay in my walk-in closet. I was able to help her leave this world peacefully and painlessly in the place where she felt safest. Wow! What an epiphany for me—why hadn’t I been doing this all along for my four-legged kids?! Knowing what I know now, I would never consider any other way for my own pets, and I feel blessed to be able to offer this to other folks who feel the same about their special family members.

About Nancy Rodriguez, DVM

Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.

During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).

As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time. Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.

I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.

"TannaBanana was like a deer. She was so gentle and quiet and she loved her land. She did laps in the woods while our other dogs sat with us to watch tv. We always thought when her time came she would just float away like Yoga, but then she got sick. She was always patient and sweet but we could tell she hated going to the vet, and when I heard about Laps of Love I knew this was what she would want. I didn’t know how perfect it would really be though. Tanna got to lay in her favorite spot where she always watched her birds at the feeder and got to listen to them chirp while Dr. Sunday arranged her potions. It was so calm and lovely for our girl. It was the best she’d felt in a month when the relaxation meds took hold. Her face changed back into her old zen master expression and we got to be with her as she took that trip over the bridge. I know she knew what to do when she got there and Dr. Sunday made it so the trip to that spot was all peace and love. It’s the absolute best way to say so long to your good friend and help them to the gate. I hope we never have to do it any other way. We miss her a lot but it feels good knowing that her transition was so nice for her. Thank you, Dr. Sunday. You really helped our family so much. Tanna was a sensitive and dignified doggie who was really treated so perfectly. That was Wakanda level care and skill."

jill peterson
warrenville, S. Carolina

"I will try to put in words what took place for me on Sunday March 24, 2019. I will have to back a bit. I rescued a Boxer name Mandi in May 26, 2017. She was so sweet and gentle for a Boxer. She had bee a breeder in Fla. She was in a crate most of her life. She had no people skills except that she wanted love and affection. I had lost my Boxer, Max on April 11, 2017. He was 8 1/2 years old. I had him since he was a puppy, 6 weeks old. Well he died very suddenly, and I was devasted. So I started looking at Boxer Rescues. I saw this face, the face of Mandi..... I kept looking and finally I called about her just to inquire. Well I leaped in an rescued her. We were good together. She was laid back and quite. Once she realize that there was no more moving around and she was home. Well we had a good time. She loved being a Princess and she was. She helped me go through the journey of grieving for Max....... And she became a princess. Well I noticed about 3 weeks ago things with her were not good. I took her to the vet... we tried meds and then I knew she wasn't getting any better. We I called Lap of Love for help. And God sent me Dr. Nancy. She came in my house she was so very kind to me and Mandi. I would like to say, She made this sad and hard decision much better for me and Mandi. I had a real peace in my heart, I cannot say enough positive about the whole process. This beautiful Lady Veterinarian was an Angel sent to my house for me and Mandi. Thank you Dr. Nancy and this service is very much needed for people who love their fun babies.....

Thank you,"

Mary Hendrix
Augusta, Georgia

"Dr. Nancy assisted yesterday in the peaceful passing of our dog Miles. We could not have asked for a more peaceful transition for him, and the care and compassion shown by Dr. Nancy was above and beyond anything we could have expected. We felt informed every step of the way, listened to, and not rushed. We especially appreciated that Dr. Nancy took the time to ask questions and get a sense of who Miles was, which got us talking and remembering good times and funny stories and was a big help in making the occasion feel a little more bearable. We would recommend Lap of Love to anyone in need of a peaceful, caring option when the time comes."

Lisa Spires
North Augusta, S. Carolina

"We feel that the best way to post our testimonial for Dr. Sunny (Dr. Sunday Cozzi, DVM) would be to share with you the email that we sent to Dr. Sunny earlier today, which relates our feelings regarding Dr. Sunny's kind assistance with the passing yesterday of our two wonderful doggies, Audrey and Charlie:

Good morning, Dr. Sunny,

I was just sitting down at my desk to write our note to you about your assistance with our sweet Audrey and Charlie when I received your email. We so very much appreciate your follow-up message, and your kind assistance yesterday with Audrey and Charley.

Sherry and I spent yesterday afternoon, last evening and since the very early hours of this morning reflecting not only on our release of Audrey and Charlie yesterday with your assistance and guidance, but also about our days, months and years spent together. We have so many wonderful memories of our dear ones, Ike, Audrey and Charlie, that are no longer with us, but also the memories of Abigail and Woody together with Ike, Audrey and Charlie. We are so thankful for the time that we had with all of our doggies!

We cannot adequately say enough about your compassion, counsel and guidance that you provided to us during this overwhelming and difficult time. We will forever be in your debt for the assistance and insight that you shared with us. Although we are, and will be, grieving for our loss, we know that with your consult we made the right decision to let Audrey and Charlie go on to reunite with Ike.

Again, thank you for everything that you did for us and our babies. You are a treasured gift that we will always cherish.

We wish for you a continued life of faith, hope, joy, love, peace and prosperity as you continue with your life's work!

All the best to you and your family,"

KEN AND SHERRY HODGE
AIKEN, S. Carolina

"For this particular life event, I couldn't have asked for better. Dr. Sunday was kind and compassionate and explained the process. We actually went into the closet where my Sophie was hanging out and said our goodbye there. She was not traumatized by a trip to the vet, or even just a car ride. She passed peacefully and comfortably in her home. You really can't ask for more than that when it comes to saying goodbye.

It hurt and i'm sad, but i'm not sad for Sophie, I'm sad for me. it couldn't have been any better. I highly recommend Lap of Love and will use them again. Such a professional and compassionate group of people."

Melanie Lancaster
Aiken, S. Carolina

"Yesterday I had to put the dog of my heart to sleep due to health issues. A co-worker recommended Lap of Love to me.

I called on a Saturday night and left a message on the answering service and within 30 minutes, Dr. Sunday Cozzi texted me to ask how she could help. We arranged for her to come at 9am the next morning.

As soon as she arrived, I could tell how compassionate she was and how respectful she treated not only me, but my other pets. She took the time to make them comfortable with her and they never left the room but stayed close to Maggie as they already knew Maggie was dying. Dr. Sunday took the time to explain every detail and the process for Maggie was so effortless as she made her comfortable first before giving her the medicine that would take her to the Rainbow Bridge. She gave me all the time I needed to say goodbye and my other dogs were less stressed because Maggie just didn't disappear never to come home, they got to see that she had passed and say their goodbyes.

Afterwards, she bundled Maggie up respectfully and let me help carry her to her van and say a last goodbye.

Thank you so much Dr. Sunday for making a tough situation the best that it could be. We will treasure the paw print you made for us of Maggie's paw . This is a wonderful service for families who do not want to take a pet to a vets office, but have them peacefully pass away in their own environment."

Donna Gentile
North Augusta, S. Carolina

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselor

  (706) 496-3935

Cindy Foster, LCSW, NBCCH

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 733-7458

Augusta, GA: Augusta Animal Emergency

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 860-6617

St. Francis Animal Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 798-3837

South Carolina: SC Veterinary Emergency Care

Pet Loss Support

  (803) 407-3185

Joy in the Morning

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in the Aiken-Augusta area ncluding the following listed below. Our veterinarians are willing to travel upwards of 50 miles and travel fees will be determined based on distance from the doctor's home ranging between $30-$100. Please call us to learn more about pricing for your area.

  • Aiken
  • North Augusta
  • Augusta
  • Evans
  • Martinez
  • Beech Island
  • New Ellenton
  • Jackson
  • The Valley area
  • Trenton
  • Edgefield
  • Johnston
  • Ridge Spring
  • Monetta
  • Windsor
  • Wagener
  • Lexington
  • Hephzibah
  • Waynesboro
  • Barnwell
  • Saluda
  • McCormick
  • Batesburg/Leesville
  • Grovetown
Pet Memorials
“Echo, for 12 and a half years, you filled our lives with your "Golden" sunshine. You were truly our "Best Dog in the World"! Your love of people, and especially children, demonstrated your gentle, kind nature. Your death has left a giant void in our lives, but we are happy that you blessed us with your love and devotion. We will miss our walks ...
Bill and Marie Jones
January 13, 2019
“Reesey was our beloved princess. She was truly a gift from God. She was sweet, dainty, loving, cuddly, affectionate and very well behaved. We miss her very much.”
Patti Wojcik
November 15, 2018
“RIP to my best friend...our precious, sweet, irreplaceable Jakies (how we always said his name) ready for EVERY car ride (doesn’t matter where we’re going), late nights watching 48 hours & helping me eat sunflower seeds, pulling all nighters even when he knew he wanted to go get on the couch and pass out, ready to snuggle at a moments ...
Stacy Carter
October 5, 2018
“CLAY
In Loving Memory of the best Friend, Guardian, Rescue pup, snow dog and Family Pet.
He was my 16-year-old Rescue who filled our hearts with his personality, always by our side watching over us. He was smart and wise and always fun to take anywhere.
The memory of him that will be forever in our hearts, Clay always put a smile on our face ...
Gregg Pasciuti
October 2, 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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5296
Aiken, SC 29804

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Drs. Cozzi and Rodriguez.

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