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 name 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
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.
Katie Gies, DVM
"We are truly thankful and so grateful for Dr. Katie from the Lap of Love (Columbia, SC). She is a beautiful, smart, loving, kind, and very caring veterinarian. Dr. Katie was VERY thorough and after examining Princess, explained our options, more than once. I cannot say enough how super amazing she is. I knew it from the very moment she greeted us. We were blessed to have met her. Our only regret is that she was not Princess's full time vet. Dr. Katie was a true God-send who made our significant loss, less difficult. To all of you who have fury love ones, you must review https://www.lapoflove.com – this organization is truly wonderful and the services they provide are amazing!"
Chandra LewisColumbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was compassionate, professional, kind and empathetic. She offered words of wisdom, condolence and helped us work through the process taking place. We couldn't have asked for someone more caring and gifted as she, for the service she provides. Her passion for animals was very evident and helped ease the painful loss of our Dutch."
Beth, Scott and Honey Bear FarmerIrmo, S. Carolina
"I cannot even express how much I appreciated the love and compassion that Dr. Katie Gies showed to me and my two precious kitties. She did not rush the process and even after they had passed away she handled them so gently. I highly recommend her. She will always have a special place in my heart."
Eleanor WickerWest Columbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie again assisted our family with a home euthanasia. She took the time to reassure us with the whole process. She allowed us ample time to say goodbye and to share our special memories of Ruby Jean. I can only describe her as amazing."
Meredith LopezColumbia, S. Carolina
"This was the most peaceful experience. Dr. Katie was wonderful and gentle and kept us so calm. And you would've thought she has known Charlie girl. It was the way she made us feel and she handled our baby with such dignity and it was so appreciated. It was so worth the money we spent and more. This was a part of our family and I felt like I had been to a memorial service afterward.
Thank you for your wonderful love and ministry. Because that's what it reminds me of not just a service but a ministry."
Cindy ReeseColumbia, S. Carolina
"I just wanted to say thank you very much for your assistance with making Sam's last moments with us special. While we will miss his presence, I am grateful for the 12 years of love, joy, and fun that we were able to share. If he could have talked, I'm sure he would want us to celebrate his life instead of mourn his death. He was a great dog and meant the world to me. Sadly, as you said, there were no more good days left for us. Easing his pain was the best decision we could've made.
Everything about the way you helped us with this decision and helped Sam passed, I cannot express how thankful and happy you made Taryn and I. I was so impressed with not only your service, but your support and kindness throughout the whole process.
I will happily recommend Lap of Love to anyone and everyone. And again, thank you so much for your service."
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
Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty
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