PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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$375

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$285
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$300
Pets 125 - 149 pounds$315
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$365

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$150
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$175
Pets 125 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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
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.

"I did not know this organization existed until the week I had to put my sweet dog down. It was highly recommended by two different veterinary clinics in the area. I was told on a Monday night that my little one was suffering and that euthanasia would be the best case scenario. I called Lap of Love on Tuesday morning and they were completely understanding and compassionate about what I was going through. I scheduled them to come to my apartment on Friday afternoon and everything went as smoothly as possible. Dr. Basinger did an excellent job of communicating everything that would happened before, during and after the euthanasia. Despite the circumstances, and the grief I was feeling their service was impeccable and I would absolutely use their services again. The concern and kindness shown to my dog in her last moments exceeded any expectation I had. The entire exchange was respectful of our time and grief and I am so happy that my little one had the chance to go in the comfort of my home. It was an incredibly difficult time but Lap of Love helped ease that anguish with their professionalism and overall care."

Citlalli Gomez
Columbia, South Carolina

"Thank you Dr. Will for you help you Dale Earnhardt. You made that day for me so much easier for me to say goodbye. You came into my home like we have been friends for years which that made things better for me.

Thank you for what you told me which I had a gut feeling what was all wrong with Dale Earnhardt."

Carla Courtney
Columbia, South Carolina

"I would recommend lapof love for anyone that Hass to go through a day like we did. They made the day special in every way. I couldn’t ask for a better way to have to put my dog down. Dr. Will was the best so loving and kind, made everybody feel at peace."

Melissa Punska
Lexington, South Carolina

"We thank Dr. Will for making the at home passing much for peaceful. Bullet hasn't eaten in a few days and Dr. Will saved the day to help ease all of our minds with peanut butter. Thank you again!!"

Heather Powers
Sumter, South Carolina

"Dr. Basinger was so comforting in our time of despair. We were able to let our dog pass on a beautiful day in our back yard. I felt like he had all the right things to say. My favorite is when he said the white on her aging face looked like it had been “dipped in a plate of sugar”. It made me smile in a time of such great pain. Everything was so beautifully done, and he walked us step by step through the process. We would use him and this service again."

Danielle Swindall
Columbia, South Carolina

"Many thanks to Lap Of Love for helping us through a difficult time. Valerie was very sympathetic during the planning process. Dr. Will showed extraordinary kindness and compassion not only for Gypsy, but also for us. A blessing through and through."

Stefanie Seebauer
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
“My little Dolly was the sweetest companion for 14 beautiful years. In that time she survived dealing with me during my pre-teen years, high school, long nights of studying in college and various trips across the country for my internships. We had a lot of fun along the way visiting the beautiful Rockies of Colorado every weekend and the sunny ...
Citlalli Gomez
May 14, 2020
“Dale today is a week that I had to say goodbye to you. My heart still hurts for you but I know you are in a better place.
I talk to you every day. We went through so much together. I know you had no clue as to why your sister
was taken from us. You tried to get to her but to no veil. I talked about a lot to you and I know
you didn't forget ...
Carla Courtney
May 3, 2020
“Duke was our pride and joy. He was a sweet loving dog. Everyone he met they just fell in love with him. He gave us many years of joy and happiness. We were so sad to have to let him go, but if I can say one thing Dr Will made it a very peaceful loving day for duke and our family. We could have not asked for a better way to say goodbye. We will ...
Melissa Punska
April 26, 2020
“Today my best friend went to doggie heaven. When I walked in the house last night she was tired and weak but still stood up and even wagged her tail. I cuddled her all last night in the “big bed” and this morning she had steak and a Bud Light for breakfast.

I’ve had her since I was in college at a time that I definitely shouldn’t have been ...
Danielle Swindall
March 31, 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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