Columbia & Surrounding Areas

  (803) 752-0665

  [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$300

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$400

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 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$390

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

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 a farm in Greenville. 

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

Dr. Will

Will Basinger

The son of two incredible veterinarians, my life growing up in Ballentine, SC was one filled with many animal companions. Some of these four-legged family members we raised from birth, while others we welcomed later in life. As a result, I have been lucky to share distinct bonds with more pets than most. These characteristics of my childhood were integral parts of my development, making my career path an afterthought. Through it all, I’ve learned that like a shooting star, an animal’s light burns brightly but fades all too quickly. While their lifespan may be short, our pets’ abilities to provide unconditional love, laughs, and adventure, make them just as much a part of our family as the rest of the household. This bond overwhelms our hearts with joy, while also creating one of the toughest challenges when it comes time to say ‘good-bye,’ emphasizing why the end-stage of life deserves special attention and care.

After graduating from the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department at Clemson University, I moved to Athens, GA for four years of training at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, I met and fell in love with a classmate who moved to San Diego with me, where we both survived rotating internships in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Upon completion, we practiced emergency medicine in California before moving back to my hometown. Tara took a job at a local veterinary emergency hospital while I worked part-time at two general practices. We share our home with three wonderful mixed breed dogs; Kona, Brynn, and Lily, as well as an elderly Cockatiel who rules the roost. In our free time, we enjoy water sports, rock climbing, hiking, and traveling to see family as much as our schedules allow.

While I have found the diverse challenges of general practice and wellness care rewarding, I have come to recognize an expanded need for hospice and end-of-life care in the Columbia, SC area. Because our pets’ lives are disproportionately short compared to how quickly they work their way into our hearts, I feel an overarching desire to focus on helping families and their pets in this delicate phase of their lives, especially in the comfort of their home. My goal is to guide families and their beloved pets through this difficult and emotional time with as much peace and dignity as possible.

About Will Basinger

The son of two incredible veterinarians, my life growing up in Ballentine, SC was one filled with many animal companions. Some of these four-legged family members we raised from birth, while others we welcomed later in life. As a result, I have been lucky to share distinct bonds with more pets than most. These characteristics of my childhood were integral parts of my development, making my career path an afterthought. Through it all, I’ve learned that like a shooting star, an animal’s light burns brightly but fades all too quickly. While their lifespan may be short, our pets’ abilities to provide unconditional love, laughs, and adventure, make them just as much a part of our family as the rest of the household. This bond overwhelms our hearts with joy, while also creating one of the toughest challenges when it comes time to say ‘good-bye,’ emphasizing why the end-stage of life deserves special attention and care.

After graduating from the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department at Clemson University, I moved to Athens, GA for four years of training at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, I met and fell in love with a classmate who moved to San Diego with me, where we both survived rotating internships in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Upon completion, we practiced emergency medicine in California before moving back to my hometown. Tara took a job at a local veterinary emergency hospital while I worked part-time at two general practices. We share our home with three wonderful mixed breed dogs; Kona, Brynn, and Lily, as well as an elderly Cockatiel who rules the roost. In our free time, we enjoy water sports, rock climbing, hiking, and traveling to see family as much as our schedules allow.

While I have found the diverse challenges of general practice and wellness care rewarding, I have come to recognize an expanded need for hospice and end-of-life care in the Columbia, SC area. Because our pets’ lives are disproportionately short compared to how quickly they work their way into our hearts, I feel an overarching desire to focus on helping families and their pets in this delicate phase of their lives, especially in the comfort of their home. My goal is to guide families and their beloved pets through this difficult and emotional time with as much peace and dignity as possible.

"Dr Basinger made a difficult day as pain free and positive as it could be. Based on my experience with Josie, I can fully recommend Dr. Basinger and Lap of Love."

James Hunter Desportes
Columbia, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was the most companionate person ever. He was so wonderful to make sure we were comfortable and to understand exactly what was happening. He allowed our sweet boy peace in his passing.

Thank you so much, Dr. Will for your compassionate care for our sweet boy. We appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts."

Cathie and Jim Firlein
Chapin, South Carolina

"Thank you Dr. Will. Your visit made us know we had made the right decision. It was so so wonderful to keep her at home until the end. Your gentleness with Jane was just what we needed. Again, we are so grateful for Laps of Love."

Kay and Glenn Garrett
Irmo, South Carolina

"God truly gifted us when Dr. Will Basinger first saw our "girls" several years ago at Seven Oaks Animal Hospital and especially last July when he confirmed Katie and Kallie would not live much longer. We wanted to keep them as happy and comfortable as possible and be with them in the end but, with Covid restrictions, we didn't know what to do. He told us about Lap of Love, gave me a brochure and his phone number and told me to call whenever we felt it was time or even if we had any questions or concerns. When I finally called, Deanna answered answered and God truly sent her too! I didn't know what to do, if it was time , etc., and she patiently and compassionately let me talk and cry, ask questions, and guided us to make the right decision on our own, and followed up our call with the most compassionate and informative email. Dr. Will was, again, a Godsend, from the time he arrived until the time he left with our precious girls. We will never be able to thank him enough...for his compassion and sensitivity to our feelings as well as to our other maltipoo, Lexie, and for the gentleness and love he showed Katie and Kallie. If anyone ever asks me if I know of anyone who was fulfilling God's purpose for them, I would have to say "yes, without a doubt, Dr. Will"! God Bless you, Dr. Will and Deanna, and Lap of Love!"

Linda and Glenn Davis
Irmo, South Carolina

"Dr Will was absolutely amazing to assist us with Tia’s transition. So compassionate and handled everything so gently. Being able to allow Tia to pass in the comfort of her own home was a great gift and provided comfort for our family. Thank you so much for everything!"

Julieann Hasinger
Lexington, South Carolina

"This was our first experience with Lap of Love, and for a sad occasion, it was the best experience we could have ever asked for. Dr. Will was very compassionate and knowledgeable when he came to assess our dog, Slim. He let us have as much time as we needed to say goodbye, and made sure Slim was comfortable and cared for as he made the transition in the comfort of our home on his favorite bed. I would recommend Dr. Will and Lap of Love to anyone who needs end of life care for their pets, and we will certainly be using Lap of Love services in the future."

Gabrielle Scott
Blythewood, South Carolina

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (803) 561-0015

South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, Columbia

Pet Loss Support Group

  (803) 465-9150

PawmettoLifeLine

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 865-1418

Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals, Columbia

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

  (803) 995-8913

Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarians proudly serve the Columbia area and surrounding counties. A drive fee of $30-$75 may be assessed based on the distance travelled by our veterinarian. Please call for details.

Pet Memorials
“Josie was a black and tan beagle mix, as pretty and sweet as any dog there ever was. She was never needy or aggressively friendly, but when we would leave her alone in the house, she would go back into a our bedrooms and pull out a dirty t-shirt or underwear to take back to her bed to sleep on. Sometimes we would find several items of dirty ...
James Hunter Desportes
January 13, 2021
“Our sweet Nicholas left us yesterday for the Rainbow Bridge. He almost made it to 17! To say we are heartbroken is a total understatement. We loved him more than words can say. He was the love of our lives and we miss him so terribly much. He was the sweetest dog and our best friend. We know that he is with the angels now and is playiing with ...
Cathie and Jim Firlein
January 4, 2021
“Jane was our precious little girl. We miss her kisses and snuggles. You were our baby for 16 + years. We will always miss you. Jane loved her home and yard . She loved sunny days in our lap while sitting outside. It has been such a sad time without her. Our memories will keep us smiling. Love you little Jane Garrett.”
Kay and Glenn Garrett
December 20, 2020
“So many memories you girls have given us over the last 15 years...Katie with your hugs and Kallie with your kisses! Katie talking back like a teenager since you were a puppy and Kallie always just wanting to please me. Katie with your fussing when you were ready for me to go to bed and both of you snuggling up beside me to sleep and competing with ...
Linda and Glenn Davis
December 14, 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 453
Ballentine, South Carolina 29002

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