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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Katie Gies, DVM
"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
"Dr Katie was wonderful. We are so glad she was available to come to our home."
Nora MullenColumbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was a Godsend when it came time to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Diesel. Her caring spirit was obvious, and I could not have wished for a better end for our family pet. I highly recommend Dr. Katie for anyone in a similar situation."
LINDSEY SMITHWest Columbia, S. Carolina
"Yesterday we said good bye to our dog Shelby. She lived a great life of 15 to 16 years but the time had come for her to leave us. We contacted Lap of Love for final arrangements at our home and Shelby left us on a beautiful sunny spring afternoon in probably the most loving atmosphere she could enjoy. We had been logging her medical and emotional condition on Lap of Love website and it became time after reviewing the quality of life scale that it was time for her to leave us. We contact our local person - Dr. Katie - and they arranged within a couple hours to come by so Shelby could move along. The whole process was very peaceful, we held our big girl and she was able to drift away in her favorite spot outside in the spring breeze. Dr. Katie was exceptionally compassionate and painlessly helped Shelby to earn her Angel Wings.
We have had to help a couple of our pets over the year move along and this be far was the best experience given the emotional and stress of the event. Our Shelby being able to enjoy her final moments in her favorite place was peacefully set to run free in her fields again.
Thank you so much.
Steve and Iliana"
Steve BourqueColumbia, S. Carolina
"Thank you, Dr. Katie, for the service you provided us. You made this experience as "easy" as it could be, considering the circumstances. Thank you for being so understanding, comforting, and reassuring so that we knew we were doing the right thing for Bailey. It's hard not to feel the guilt, but you helped us overcome that. Thank you again, I have already spoken highly of you and Lap of Love to people so they know this option is available."
Julie DavisColumbia,, S. Carolina
"Thank you to Dr. Katie and Lap of Love for being there for Speedy! My strongest wish was that she would not have to go to a vet's office at the end, as she has always been terrified and stressed there. Regrettably I was out of the country when Speedy's time came, but Dr. Katie was able to give her a peaceful passing in my parents home while also being extraordinarily empathetic and supportive to my parents on-site and myself over the phone. I cannot thank you enough for providing such a gift of service at this difficult time."
Mary CorbettCharleston, 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