Columbia & Surrounding Areas

  (803) 752-0665

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from August 14th - 17th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon his return.


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

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from August 14th - 17th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon his return.


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. Will comforted me during one of the most stressful and painful times of my life as I, with his professional and gentle assistance, released my precious best friend, Dicky, from his diseased body. I have known Dr. Will’s mother and father, both of whom are top tier vets for years and I made a mental choice to call on Dr. Will when the time came after Dr. Kraizer at C-Vets confirmed lymphoma and started Dicky’s chemo treatment. Although lymphoma is not curable, Dr. Kraizer gave Dicky 9 very good months but as true to the nature of lymphoma, Dicky could not outrun the ravages of the disease. I called Dr. Will for assistance in determining Dicky’s life from a quality of life standpoint. Dr. Will spent time with us and Dicky in my bedroom where Dicky always loved to hang out. He advised that Dicky’s quality of life had deteriorated to the point that there was no turning back and there would be no “good” days left. The decision to let Dicky go was heart wrenching but I loved him too much to make his suffer Just to meet my needs. Dr. Will eased Dicky out of this life and into his next life as Dicky lay on his and my bed, cradled in my arms, and in the company of his other cat friends who had already been in to wish him a happy journey. I have used Lap of Love before and I can honestly say that at that sad and heartbreaking time that will come if you outlive your pet, having Dr. Will by your side will help you get through a very painful experience and you will know that you did the right thing for the pet you loved. There is a heartache in every pet and if you live long enough to see them through their life, you will feel it. It makes it easier to have a truly caring veterinarian put your pet through a peaceful passing in the home environment they shared with you."

Rosemary Calhoun
Chapin, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was very compassionate during our difficult time. When telling him of our life with Hercules he himself got choked up. From that moment on I knew Hercules was in the best hands and would be taken care of like he was his own."

Rae and Jim Boothe
Chester, South Carolina

"Dr Will, was amazing, very caring. He made the process as easy as it could be. So glad we decided to use Lap of Love, my baby was much more relaxed being in his home with the ones he loved. Thanks Dr Will for making this process a little more barrable."

Jennifer Rawlings
Lexington, South Carolina

"We were so thankful to find such an amazing service and Doctor to help us with this incredibly hard time! Dr. Will was absolutely the best. He treated our old man Ernie the Bulldog like it was his own fur-baby! He was so gentle and caring through the entire process. He explained everything upfront, and communicated everything that he was doing and what was going to happen all through the process. We were so pleased, we would not hesitate to recommend this service! Thank you Dr. Will!"

Daniel and Daphne Bukszar
Lexington, South Carolina

"I did not know this organization existed until the week I had to put my sweet dog down. It was highly recommended by two different veterinary clinics in the area. I was told on a Monday night that my little one was suffering and that euthanasia would be the best case scenario. I called Lap of Love on Tuesday morning and they were completely understanding and compassionate about what I was going through. I scheduled them to come to my apartment on Friday afternoon and everything went as smoothly as possible. Dr. Basinger did an excellent job of communicating everything that would happened before, during and after the euthanasia. Despite the circumstances, and the grief I was feeling their service was impeccable and I would absolutely use their services again. The concern and kindness shown to my dog in her last moments exceeded any expectation I had. The entire exchange was respectful of our time and grief and I am so happy that my little one had the chance to go in the comfort of my home. It was an incredibly difficult time but Lap of Love helped ease that anguish with their professionalism and overall care."

Citlalli Gomez
Columbia, South Carolina

"Thank you Dr. Will for you help you Dale Earnhardt. You made that day for me so much easier for me to say goodbye. You came into my home like we have been friends for years which that made things better for me.

Thank you for what you told me which I had a gut feeling what was all wrong with Dale Earnhardt."

Carla Courtney
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
“To my precious DemoCAT Dicky, you were and always will be the light of my life. You smoothed all the rough edges and left peace and tranquility in your wake. I miss our “conversations” and your back talk always asking me “why” when I told you no. I miss you sitting in my lap every night watching the evening news and your purring reassurance ...
Rosemary Calhoun
July 31, 2020
“We may have only had you in our lives for a such a short time but the love you have given us will be in our hearts forever. You will be missed very much by all the lives you have touched. Most of all I will miss you, your wet kisses, and not having you right next to me all the time.

We will see you again in heaven one day!

Rest in peace ...
Rae and Jim Boothe
July 17, 2020
“We were lucky to have 11 amazing years with Banjo, he was one of a kind. He was our best friend, he was always by our side. We loved coming home because we knew he would always be there to greet us at the door. It was the one thing in our life we could always count on. He was definitely our stress reliever, he loved cuddling,. Laying on the couch ...
Jennifer Rawlings
July 11, 2020
“My little Dolly was the sweetest companion for 14 beautiful years. In that time she survived dealing with me during my pre-teen years, high school, long nights of studying in college and various trips across the country for my internships. We had a lot of fun along the way visiting the beautiful Rockies of Colorado every weekend and the sunny ...
Citlalli Gomez
May 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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