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.

"In the past, all of our other dogs were put to rest at our vet clinics. Each time was so emotional because they were scared when they would go to the vets office on a good day let alone their last day on earth. That was heartbreaking! This time I called Lap of Love and so glad I did! Their website had info that helped us with our decision as to when it was time to let Annie go. We want to thank Dr. Will for coming to our home. It was a pleasure to meet him. He helped make Annie’s last day peaceful without fear. He was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of time to say goodbye to her. Thanks again we will never forget him and his kindness. He is my hero. In the future I will always choose to let my furry best friends pass away in peace at their home surrounded by family."

Sandy Johnson
Columbia, South Carolina

"I like to say this when Dr. Will came - he has such a compassionate heart, he was so amazing full of love for animals, he spoke to Luke with gentle words, and to us - he also offered to helps us, since Luke weight was 112lbs. He got Luke onto a blanket,,, he explained everything were we understand it more of what was going to take place, and we the Bledsoe thank you so much for Dr. Will"

Doris Bledsoe
Sumter, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was the best, totally awesome. He was compassionate, caring, and took the full time to explain every step of the way to us. He did not rush and he even answered all of my 5 year old daughters questions. As sad as it is, we would definitely use Dr. Will and Lap of Love again when needed, but hopefully no time soon."

Shawn Herzog
Lexington, South Carolina

"Sam and I can't thank Dr. Will enough for his kindness, his thoughtfulness, his patience and his lovingness to us, Bella and Lucce. Dr. Will took his time and explained everything to us and even when our neighbors unexpectedly sent a text to ask if they could come and say 'goodbye' to Lucce, he was so kind and never once did he rush us during this time.

Thank goodness for Bella - what a love bug and she has been 'there' for me to get me through the past week. She seems to be doing well - I guess she knew Lucce was so sick and would be leaving us so she was going to be strong and helpful for 'mom'.

He was so gentle to our Lucce and it is so obvious that he takes every passing personally.

Sam and I really want Dr. Will to know just how much we appreciated him - thank you!

Thanks again Dr. Will - we will never forget you."

Netty and Sam Estes
Lexington, South Carolina

"I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and compassionate person than Dr. Will to be there when we had to say goodbye to our precious fur baby. He recognized how distraught I was about the circumstances and treated me with kindness and patience, explaining everything to me and making sure that I was ready for him to move forward with each step in the process. He treated my sweet Biggsy with dignity and respect, both during the event and afterwards. Dr. Will was sensitive to our grief and gave us the privacy we needed to say our final goodbyes. Dr. Will has found his calling, and I feel so lucky that he was the one responsible for transitioning Biggsy from this life to the next."

Cecile Grimes
Irmo, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was exceptional. He got to know Baby and her humans in a very short period of time. He treated all of us with the utmost care. Thank you so much for your loving treatment in the most difficult time."

Val Bishop
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
“On 10/15/20 we had to say goodbye to our precious sheltie, Annie. We were fortunate to have her for 13 1/2 wonderful years. She was beautiful inside and out with a shy but friendly personality. Her “favorite place” in our home was lying on the foyer floor looking out the front door, letting us know every time a person, dog, cat, squirrel, etc., ...
Sandy Johnson
October 25, 2020
“Luke was the BEST dog , He was gentle, sweet, loving dog - and loved everyone, who came over to visit my husband. I remember I use to play hide and seek with Luke, lol, he would find me and run down the hall way, in the trailer you would says sound like a horse , the trailer would kind shake.. ha ha,,, We miss you dearly. Sometime it like I hear ...
Doris Bledsoe
October 20, 2020
“Our Missy, it's taken over 13 months to write our memorial for you, not at all out of selfishness, but out of sadness and tears of having to let you go. You were our everything and everything we could have wished for in a dog, best friend and companion. Even though you were never officially trained as a "Service Dog" you were always right there by ...
Shawn Herzog
October 19, 2020
“Lucce…..7 years, 1 month and 19 days…. <3

On September 26 our beautiful Lucce crossed the rainbow bridge at home at 11:00 with the help of Dr. Will from Lap of Love but not before she let us know she was going for one more swim. She stirred & tried to get up around 8:30 so with the help of a towel around her tummy to support her we let her ...
Netty and Sam Estes
October 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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