PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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$375

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$285
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$300
Pets 125 - 149 pounds$315
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$365

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$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175
Pets 125 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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
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.

"Many thanks to Lap Of Love for helping us through a difficult time. Valerie was very sympathetic during the planning process. Dr. Will showed extraordinary kindness and compassion not only for Gypsy, but also for us. A blessing through and through."

Stefanie Seebauer
Columbia, South Carolina

"Kai was 105 pounds of intelligence, love, goofiness and loyalty to every member of his human family. He was uncommonly handsome and though he looked imposing he was always only on the look out for a new friend. We can only remember him barking with a purpose twice as he chased an intruder out of his yard. He lived for rides in the car, swimming, and above all chasing a frisbee.

He gave all of his humans so much joy and love and we each miss his presence.

We are grateful to Dr. Will for all of his compassion and concern to a beloved member of our family. It was especially important to my nephew, Jack whose dog he was, as my nephew is stationed at Ft. Wainwright in Alaska and could not be here at his dogs side."

Sarah Sivils
Sumter, South Carolina

"Dr. Will is a very kind and compassionate person. The sympathy he expressed towards us and the gentle way he had with our sweet Nova will always be remembered and appreciated. His kind and objective words really helped us through the hardest decision, he was her voice. Even after our goodbyes as we cried over her, he was so gentle and even placed his hand on her so loving. He let us talk about her, cry over her, hold her for as long as we felt we needed to. Of course for me, I could hold her forever but had to let her go. Dr Will helped us in knowing we were doing the right thing at the right time and we thank him so very much."

Stephanie Reeves
LEXINGTON, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was the most compassionate and kind veterinarian I have ever worked with. He was a blessing to me during this difficult time and comforted our in making the best decision for our sweet, precious canine family member, Peak during her last days on earth. We are forever thankful."

Joyce Pipkin
Columbia, South Carolina

"“Dr.Will” was a kind and compassionate veterinarian. He explained everything to be expected in a calm, professional manner. His empathy was quite evident. Marmaduke left this earthly home peacefully and painlessly because of Laps of Love’s “Dr. Will!” I am forever grateful."

Moe McCurry
West Columbia, South Carolina

"Dr. Will is an outstanding veterinarian. The compassion he showed my beloved pup and me is far beyond anything I can put in to words. As awful as it was to say goodbye to my baby girl, Dr. Will made it all peaceful much easier to bear for her and me. He completely understands the bond between a pet and their human. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Will."

Ashley Reynolds
West Columbia, 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
“Putting a fur-baby down is the toughest decision a pet owner must make, even if it is for the welfare of the pet. Our sweet Gypsy was no exception. She was loved by many and often claimed to be the favorite of the pack. We have wrapped all of our treasured memories in love and sent them with her to the GREAT BEYOND. She now runs and plays with her ...
Stefanie Seebauer
March 26, 2020
“Tomorrow marks two weeks ago we said goodbye to our sweet Nova. She was such a good, loyal, obedient, sweet, spoiled, smart, silly, goofy, beautiful and loving dog. We miss her desperately. She was such a huge part of everything we did and her absence is overwhelmingly difficult to come to terms with. The love and the bond we shared with her ...
Stephanie Reeves
March 26, 2020
“Our dear sweet Peak - you were the sweetest dog ever and we thank God for the blessing of your constant trust and unconditional love for the 13 years you were part of our family. You yearned to love every human that you met and that is what life is all about. We miss you so much and so does your "sister" Heidi. We will search for another ...
Joyce Pipkin
March 9, 2020
“My “Big Boy” is waiting for me now at the Rainbow Bridge!”
Moe McCurry
March 3, 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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