Columbia & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with flower engraving 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 your home or office.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Katie Gies, DVM
Growing up in Concord, NC, my family always had many animals and they have been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my pets have been my best friends both as a child and as an adult. As a child, I was especially influenced by the care and concern that a local ER had for my family and our pets and decided that was the path that I wanted to follow as I entered college and began to seek a lifelong career. I attended the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006.
I am especially personally invested in caring for animals in their greatest times of need - when they have a crisis or in their final moments. This is why I have spent the last 10 years almost exclusively in emergency medicine and why I am now working with Lap of Love as well to offer home euthanasia and hospice care. As an emergency veterinarian, I often get asked the question, "How can you do this job?", particularly in reference to the higher numbers of euthanasias that we are called upon to do. Though it can be challenging at times, I feel that helping our pets in their highest times of stress or pain is the best service I can offer to them and their families; whether that be to provide them healing and relief or to help them pass without pain and with dignity.
I experienced the role that hospice can play in end of life care with the passing of my own mother several years ago. Through that difficult time, I came to understand that losing our pets can be every bit as emotionally difficult as losing a close family member. This realization, which was very surprising to me at the time, has deepened my empathy with clients and their pets during this most important and most difficult time in the pet and family relationship. My goal is to provide both pet and family with a compassionate, calm and painless experience which will serve as a comforting memory.
"Your calm, sensitivity, skill and empathy made Swampy's leaving so much more peaceful than it might have been. And of course that made it far easier for me as well. You have a true calling. Thank you for sharing you gift with us."
Kate HartleyColumbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was wonderful and we really appreciated her care and compassion during this emotional process."
Jennifer PryorLexington, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was absolutely phenomenal. She was kind and compassionate and even loved on Cricket. She was very thorough and she looked at each of my sons when she explained the process. She let them ask questions and answered them as well. She sent us a follow up email and mailed a card. She has assured me that we did the right thing and helped Cricket feel better. We really appreciate you Dr. Katie!!"
Leah SoxLexington, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie Gies.
I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness & compassion for Mary Jane & our family. It was such a crucial yet vulnerable time in my life & you were just so patient & comforting to me. I also really appreciate how gentle & loving you were with Mary Jane! I can only imagine the sorrow you face on a regular basis yet you choose to provide this difficult but necessary service day after day. It takes a special person to provide this service for people & their beloved pets. I really dont have words to express my gratitude to you but God Bless You for being by my side in helping ease Mary Jane's journey to "rainbow bridge". I wont hesitate to refer you to anyone who may need your assistance. If I should ever need this service again I couldn't imagine going on this journey without your support & personal touch! God Bless You!!!
Melody McCallieChapin, S. Carolina
"I can't express to you how comforting it was to be able to allow Murray to pass away peacefully in his own bed with Dr. Katie, Blount, & me at his side. At nearly 16 yrs old, we knew that his little body was worn out. We knew his hearing & vision were almost gone. We new about the degenerative disc disease in his back. It was hard to watch him struggle with increasing difficulty to get up and make his way to the front door to go outside. We knew his liver & kidneys were failing. When he refused all food for the last few days, we knew he was ready and that it was time for us to let him go. We are thankful for your presence, compassion, & patience with us during his final moments."
Chapin, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was very gentle and loving toward Bear and was supportive and understanding of the very difficult time we were having saying goodbye to our beloved Bear."
Linda MillerWest Columbia, S. Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Support Group, Goose Creek
South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, Columbia
Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals, Columbia
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO Box 292233Columbia, SC 29229