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.

"We were lucky to have Lap of Love help us with the passing of our sweet girl. It was a very hard decision that took place over many weeks. From the start they were wonderful and compassionate listeners. I knew it was getting close to the time that my sweet dog needed this help but my family was not ready and they really helped us to think it through. When Dr. Sunday came to our home she was so kind and reassuring. She had already sent information to prepare us for what to expect and explained what was happening every step of the way. She took her time with all of us and especially our sweet dog. It was a very peaceful and calm way to handle a very difficult and upsetting time. My baby felt no stress. And we are very grateful."

Lori Boone
Aiken, S. Carolina

"Dr. Nancy was wonderful to my family during this difficult time. She is compassionate and gentle, exactly what we needed throughout this process. Losing a family member is heartbreaking and she showed so much patience and guidance. This was our first time and we have no regrets. I highly recommend Dr. Nancy and Lap of Love. Having Daisy relaxed and comfortable in her environment was the best decision we could have made.

Thank you, Dr. Nancy for the encouragement and peace you brought to my family."

Courtney Corbin
Evans, Georgia

"Because of the kindness of Lap of Love I was able to say good-bye to my companion, my protector, my best friend in the place of her choice. Her departure was unhurried, peaceful and without stress for her. I greatly appreciate the understanding and compassion of the doctors. They made an awful moment, tolerable and as kind as possible for my beloved dog.."

Nancy Hathaway
Aiken, S. Carolina

"I hope that the Clinic Veterinarians will accept Lap of Love, as the Oncologist did in the late 1990's as a very important part of Medical Treatment. Living and Dying is Life. I am a retired RN, who, actually studied Nursing because of the loss of my Mother and a 34 yr. old brother due to Cancer; it was the most meaningful job I had. I cannot express the appreciation and respect that I have for Dr. Rodriguez and Lap of Love! Our love for all creatures, great and small, is what makes us special. I am very grateful for Dr. Rodriguez's time spent with me during a difficult decision; I'll shall always commend her and be thankful for her devotion and dedication. Thank You, Dr. Rodriguez! I have finally gotten through the stages, and was able to write this. Tears are swelling, but I know that's ok because it's loving. I have canines, felines, and equines, and just want to throw out expansion to equines, if it's not already included. Lap of Love is the best new Veterinarian Practice and I hope everyone will embrace it. Thanks to all DVM's who embrace and support."


Pelion, S. Carolina

"Our day began with me finding Echo outside unable to stand up, or have the strength to climb the steps to the doggie door. After a visit to our vet, we found Echo's beautiful heart was giving out. We wanted her euthanized at home, in a place she loved, so vet gave me Lap of Love card..They were wonderful! Understanding my grief, and desire to ease Echo's suffering, they juggled their appointments to get here later that day. Once here, Dr. Nancy explained the procedure to us, made friends with Echo, and examined her. We all sat on the floor around Echo's bed, while she helped us along in our goodbyes. She was gentle and kind, and made Echo's last moments on earth as peaceful as we desired."

Bill and Marie Jones
Aiken, S. Carolina

"We lost our beloved German shepherd of 9 years to Lymphoma. It was very difficult for us to witness her health decline. Dr. Nancy was very helpful in making us aware of symptoms to look for. With her guidance we were able to make the right decision to put our baby to rest. Her bedside manner is remarkable. We are very thankful for the service they offer."

Alexa Bottomley
Jackson, 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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