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.

"Doctor Sunday was amazing I had so many doubts and even in the last few minutes I said wait I'm not sure this is what I should do and listening to her and her support it was easier to make the toughest decision that I needed to because I was being selfish I was keeping him here because of me I wasn't thinking about him and how he was suffering and all the medications that he was on and with her help and her support I was able to make that decision and she helped release him in and get him out of pain and I thank her so much for that."

Karen Finken
Grovetown, Georgia

"Dr. Sunday was amazing, very professional and compassionate.

She took the time to make our boy comfortable and he passed peacefully.

I am so grateful we found Lap of Love to assist us in this difficult time."

Ken and Barbara Sweeney
Williston, S. Carolina

"Dr. Sunday was wonderful! She gave us all the time we needed, listened to our stories but most of all reassured us that we were doing the right thing for Murphy. All the details of cremation were handled which gave us peace of mind. And she checked in with us later that day. She was a gift."

Nancy Lambert
Aiken, S. Carolina

"We were so thankful for the kindness, love, and empathy given by Dr. Cozzi. I would highly recommend her services to anyone going through losing a pet. My Roxy was so fortunate to leave this world in such a calm and peaceful state. She passed easily with a smile on her face and Reese’s peanut butter cups in her belly compliments of Dr. Cozzi. She did an amazing job sending her on her journey and we am forever grateful. Such a wonderful way to send your pet forward. We miss her terribly but have peace knowing she went easily with no stress and no discomfort. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!"

Theresa Eames
Hephzibah, Georgia

"Dr. Sunday helped our 13.10 yr. old Cane Corso, Pan "Dora", transition to The Rainbow Bridge on Friday morning. Husband and I knew nothing of Lap of Love prior to the evening before. Our vet couldn't get out to help and she suggested Lap of Love. Our dog was able to remain in her beloved surroundings and transition peacefully with her family members (canine and human) at her side. Dr. Sunday had the most real and genuine affect that I have ever observed in a veterinarian. We were so pleased with the entire process. Her calming and sincere caring and professionalism were evident in all of her actions. We are going to keep your services in mind in future and we are recommending you to friends and family."

Nancy Curl
Martinez, Georgia

"Thank you Dr. Rodriquez for your sincere compassion during this very difficult decision. This was the second time that Dr. Rodriquez has assisted my sweet angels depart this life and to be free of pain in their next life. Dr. Rodriquez is always patient and caring and allows one the time necessary to say goodbye. It’s a blessing the service Lap of Love provides.

Thank you again Dr. Rodriquez for your kindness and assisting Butter Bean.

Sincerely, Kathryn Muente"

Kathryn Muente
Aiken, 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
“On june 1 2019 we had to make the hardest decision in the world . I had to say goodbye best friend my soulmate my dog Scrappy had been suffering with kidney disease, hip dysplasia, seizures, and over the last couple of months I noticed he started getting worse and I had to make the tough decision and I got a hold of lap of love and they help me ...
Karen Finken
June 7, 2019
“Oh Murphy, how you won our hearts. You came into our lives as we mourned our sweet Golden Rosie. You were a wild thing, full of love, but tempered with a lot of anxiety as you had been living on the streets and didn’t know yet that you were home. But with lots of love, patience and work, you won us over. How you followed me everywhere, even the ...
Nancy Lambert
May 29, 2019
“We said goodbye to our beloved Shadow on Memorial Day. He will be greatly missed but will live in our hearts forever.

Shadow's Poem:
It's time for me to go now
Please don't mourn and cry
I lived a life of freedom
Always by your side
With your love and understanding
I never was afraid
I so enjoyed the friends we had
That came and often ...
Ken and Barbara Sweeney
May 29, 2019
“Roxy Ann Puffer-muffin
Smartest, bossiest german shepherd mix with a smile and a bark that lit up my day everyday. I will love you my precious girl until I leave this earth and join you again. You made the past 16 years of my life the happiest I could have ever imagined and I miss you every minute. Thank you for your unconditional and ...
Theresa Eames
May 27, 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

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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