Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Euthanasia$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 - 150 pounds$315
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$150
Pets 125 - 150 pounds$200
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet The Doctor

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. 

 

"Thank you for coming to our home and helping Delaney pass peacefully, surrounded by us and in a familiar setting. It was worth the small financial sacrifice to be able to have this done at our home.

You helped make a truly rotten situation more bearable and we appreciate how lovingly you handled Laney after she had passed. Our biggest concern was that she'd be tossed about and that would just break my heart.

We appreciate you more than you know. Thank you for caring enough to help us during this time."


Columbia, S. Carolina

"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 Hartley
Columbia, S. Carolina

"Dr. Katie was wonderful and we really appreciated her care and compassion during this emotional process."

Jennifer Pryor
Lexington, 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 Sox
Lexington, 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!!!

Warmly,

Melody M"

Melody McCallie
Chapin, 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

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 561-0015

South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, Columbia

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 865-1418

Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals, Columbia

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

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
“We said goodbye to our loyal companion of 14 years yesterday. So very hard to see his health declining over the last few years. He was the best!! We loved him so much and will miss him dearly.”
Jennifer Pryor
July 15, 2017
“Our dear sweet Cricket "Crickey", "Cricket Puppy", "Puppy", left this Earth peacefully and surrounded by his loving human parents and 3 human little brothers. He was such a good dog who loved us with everything within him. He was loyal until the end as he laid in each of our laps and told us all goodbye on the day that we knew it was time for him ...
Leah Sox
July 12, 2017
“Devastated doesn't begin to describe how I feel without my sweet boxer Mary Jane. There are simply no words. There will forever be a paw sized hole in my heart that only she could fill. I have never had such a protective, devoted, loyal, & loving companion. My childrens "4 legged mommy" as she was lovingly referred to by her human sister Faith. ...
Melody McCallie
June 27, 2017
“Bear you are the light of our lives and your only desire was to be with us and please us in every way. We will miss the way you would back up to us so you could have your hind quarters scratched and petted. We often called you Bear Butt with love and humor. We were so sorry when you first injured your right leg and we tried to keep you ...
Linda Miller
April 19, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 292233
Columbia, SC 29229

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