Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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$250

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$250

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 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 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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 on protected wetlands in Beaufort, SC. 

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.

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.

Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly Carper, DVM

I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and have always felt a calling toward animals and veterinary medicine. At the age of 3, my favorite weekly outing was to the pet shop just behind my childhood home. I remember anxiously awaiting that trip each week, and would have brought home every pet in the store if I could!

When I was 10 years old, my 5th grade class participated in an economic education program that provided hands-on learning experience for students. As part of this program, our teacher created a mock village, where each student had a specific job at a “business.” If multiple students were interested in the same position, we had interviews and elections to appoint the person to the specific role. One of the positions was the “Zookeeper,” which consisted of taking care of the class fish. Although this was the “lowest paying” job (yes, we got paid fake money to put toward an auction at the end of the year), I knew it was the role for me! I proudly accepted the position, with no election needed, and carried out my duties.

As I transitioned through middle and high school, I desired to learn more about animals and surrounded myself with them in any way possible. Accordingly, I continued on the path toward becoming a veterinarian, and later graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I began my career as a general practitioner.

While working in general practice, I quickly felt a distinguished sense of value when I was assisting a family through the final moments with their pets; having the ability to offer comfort to families and a peaceful transition for their pets gave me a whole new sense of purpose as a veterinarian.

Today, I am honored to have the opportunity of making this the focus of my veterinary career through Lap of Love. My pets are family to me, and I want nothing more than to offer them a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home during their final moments. As a hospice veterinarian, I am able to fulfill a greater purpose of providing that same level of care to other families as well, which in my opinion is what every pet and family deserves.

About Kimberly Carper, DVM

I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and have always felt a calling toward animals and veterinary medicine. At the age of 3, my favorite weekly outing was to the pet shop just behind my childhood home. I remember anxiously awaiting that trip each week, and would have brought home every pet in the store if I could!

When I was 10 years old, my 5th grade class participated in an economic education program that provided hands-on learning experience for students. As part of this program, our teacher created a mock village, where each student had a specific job at a “business.” If multiple students were interested in the same position, we had interviews and elections to appoint the person to the specific role. One of the positions was the “Zookeeper,” which consisted of taking care of the class fish. Although this was the “lowest paying” job (yes, we got paid fake money to put toward an auction at the end of the year), I knew it was the role for me! I proudly accepted the position, with no election needed, and carried out my duties.

As I transitioned through middle and high school, I desired to learn more about animals and surrounded myself with them in any way possible. Accordingly, I continued on the path toward becoming a veterinarian, and later graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I began my career as a general practitioner.

While working in general practice, I quickly felt a distinguished sense of value when I was assisting a family through the final moments with their pets; having the ability to offer comfort to families and a peaceful transition for their pets gave me a whole new sense of purpose as a veterinarian.

Today, I am honored to have the opportunity of making this the focus of my veterinary career through Lap of Love. My pets are family to me, and I want nothing more than to offer them a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home during their final moments. As a hospice veterinarian, I am able to fulfill a greater purpose of providing that same level of care to other families as well, which in my opinion is what every pet and family deserves.

"Words simply cannot describe how absolutely wonderful and strong this woman is. She compassionately walked us through the process of our first time having to make the decision and then saying goodbye. It felt as if she were a part of the family and that made something utterly heartbreaking a little easier to process. Dr. Carper listened to every story with a kind ear and opened her heart to help guide Bandit and us through the transition. We cannot thank her enough for the unconditional love she showed Bandit and us, as he has given us over the years."

Alexander and Alexandria Maish
Charleston, S. Carolina

"I want to thank you so much for everything. I've seen many euthanasias working as a vet tech for so many years. This was the most peaceful beautiful experience that I could ever ask for. I feel like Bear was in his home and simply just fell asleep peacefully. You have no idea how wonderful you are. You made us feel at ease about our decision. I could not have asked for a more beautiful, peaceful, respectful experience. I can't thank you enough."

Christine Pollak
Summerville, S. Carolina

"Thank you so much for everything. I am so grateful that my friend referred us to you. We loved our Coconut so very much, and things just aren't the same without her. Your quote from Winnie the Pooh is perfect. I've repeated it to myself several times! Thank you again for your compassion. My whole family agrees that you were amazing."

Gay Butz
Charleston, S. Carolina

"Dr. Kimmie helped our family through one of our most heart-breaking moments. Her patience, gentle manner, and just pure kindness made our last moments with our beloved Rigley one of acceptance and peace. I would recommend her and Lap of Love to anyone going through the difficult and devastating decision to euthanize a pet."

Cindy McElhinney
Mt Pleasant, S. Carolina

"Dear Dr. Kimmie,

Thank you for your "magic potion" which enabled me to slip on my "doggie ballerina shoes" and peacefully dance across the Rainbow Bridge feeling absolutely no fear, no discomfort, no pain in my legs or hips. Mommy and Daddy had told me that they had invited a very special lady--YOU--who would help free me to once again be able to romp, jump, run, and walk as once I had been able to do. My legs and feet now feel light as a feather, and I am having such fun running through the meadows, playing kickball in the fields, and reuniting with my 3 other Old English Sheepdog sisters who had already transitioned and were here waiting to greet me.

Mommy and Daddy thank YOU from the bottom of their hearts for your empathy, for your very gentle, supportive, kind approach and manner shown to both them and me and for providing such a calm, peaceful, loving and beautiful transition for me. I do so appreciate their choosing YOU to help them help me through what was such a difficult decision for them!

Remembering you, Blessing you in my Puppy Prayers, and Thanking God for your help, Dr. Kimmie,

Chloe Lesko and her parents, Mike and Dee"

Dee Lesko
Summerville, S. Carolina

"I was very impressed with the service of this practice. I knew on a Friday night that I was going to have to put my dog down the next day. I called a local vet on Saturday morning, wondering how I was going to get the poor dog in and out of the car. The vet did not have any availability and gave me the number for Lap of Love. I didn't even know they existed. It was, by far, the best experience I could have asked for. Dr. Kim was very kind and understanding. She shaved a little dog hair for keepsake and made a keepsake doggie print for me. Yesterday, I received a hand written thank you card from her in the mail. I will definitely use their services again for my other furry family members, and I highly recommend them to everyone I talk to."

Dawn Groom
Summerville, S. Carolina

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (843) 614-8387

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

Pet Loss Support

  (843) 763-4246

Bees Ferry Veterinarian

  (843) 744-3372

Veterinary Emergency Care, N. Charleston

  (843) 216-7554

Veterinary Emergency Care, Mt. Pleasant

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Charleston area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 fee based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“With a bright fire burning and surrounded by his family, our much beloved Bandit fell asleep for his final slumber yesterday, 12/27/18. A single look was all it took for him to steal your heart away. He was many things to many people. He was as stubborn as any hound and as intelligent as any shepherd. Bandit will forever be remembered as the ...
Alexander and Alexandria Maish
December 28, 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
P.O. Box 1601
Johns Island, SC 29457

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