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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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.

"Making the decision to let our precious JB, who had been in our hearts and home for over 16 years, go was not an easy one. But a series of incidents, failing health, and, more importantly a continued lessening of quality of life for our boy convinced us that it was time. My vet recommended getting in touch with Lap of Love and, because we preferred to keep JB at home in his final moments, we did.

Dr. Will came to our house and couldn't have been nicer, kinder to JB (even bringing a jar of peanut butter!), and more respectful of our emotional state. Quietly and compassionately explaining everything to us, Dr. Will let us know that he would proceed at our pace, as we were ready.

Nothing was left to chance or confusion. Dr. Will had every detail covered, and guided us expertly through the sad experience. He was so gentle with JB and acted like he had known him forever.

After having experienced Dr. Will and Lap of Love, I will never consider the difficult task of deciding on when my pet's last day will be again without requesting them to help us manage this very emotional task.

I had several interactions with the staff of Lap of Love on the phone both before and after the procedure, and everyone I spoke with was kind, professional, and aware of the sensitive nature of their business and my emotional condition. I would like to thank all of them for their wonderful customer service and for the valuable service they offer pet owners who truly care about their fur babies."

Dottie Reynolds
Columbia, South Carolina

"I can't thank God enough for sending Dr. Will Basinger to us. We were terrified at the idea of even getting her into the car to take her to a vet's office. But God helped us by sending Lap of Love. He made everything so peaceful for her. His immediate attention to her with a huge jar of peanut butter calmed her sown. He explained her condition more to us, something we didn't get from the vet that diagnosed her, and knowing then how much pain she truly felt reassured us that we were doing the best thing for her. He then helped us say goodbye. His compassion, kindness, empathy, and overall energy was a blessing to us during this time. There's no easy way to say goodbye to a furbaby but having someone like Dr. Will to come to your home and make it as peaceful as possible made it manageable. We won't ever forget him!"

Rebecca Manley
West Columbia, South Carolina

"As hard as it was to say goodbye to our baby girl Diamond, Dr. Will was an answered prayer. His compassion and empathy and overall care he showed to us truly made this a peaceful goodbye at home. We are so grateful for his help during such a sad time. We were terrified but he helped reassure us that we were doing the best thing for her. We just truly feel that God sent him to us to help and would absolutely recommend him and Lap of Love to other pet families who are facing the same difficult decision. Thank you Dr. Will Basinger!!!!! We won't ever forget you or what you did for us today."

Rebecca Manley
West Columbia, South Carolina

"I could not bear the thought of driving to our vet and having my dog euthanized in a clinical setting. Lap of Love was very compassionate and professional. My dog did not suffer. She just rested on her favorite blanket and ate some peanut butter while the sedative was being administered. Definitely worth the extra money to reduce the trauma to my dog and to us."

Karen Wilson
Columbia, South Carolina

"They made a very painful thing manageable. Respectful, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Dr. Will was very gentle with my beloved cat. He answered all my questions and walked me through every step taking pains to make sure there were no surprises. My dear Lucy departed from this life in the best way possible. Thank you, Dr Will. Sincerely, thank you."

Amanda Golebiowski
Columbia, South Carolina

"Dr. Will was fabulous, as was his staff. The gentleness and compassion he showed not only with my sweet Jake, but also with me, really helped ease the pain of what was an incredibly hard decision and a painful event. The dignity and love that my sweet boy passed over with is something I will never forget."

Christie Thompson
Elgin, 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
“Our home is not the same without you babygirl. My heart is one piece smaller. You were such a loving and sweet girl that brought so much happiness to our lives. I miss cuddling with you and singing your song. Daddy misses your sweet kisses!! We just miss you. It still doesn't feel real, I still want to call out your name and hear you coming down ...
Rebecca Manley
September 26, 2019
“Lucy was a beautiful sweet girl. As a calico, she was uniquely beautiful. Her long silky coat was bright white with equally bright colorful spots. A proper prissy gal always made sure she was presentable. She acted shy but once "a people" earned her trust, that person never failed to notice just how sweet and gentle she was in personality.

She ...
Amanda Golebiowski
August 29, 2019
“In loving memory of our precious Jake. My sweet, precious Jake. I still remember the day God first brought you into our lives. You were a puppy, only a couple of months old, and you were injured. The pad of your front paw was sliced all the way through, and the same front paw was severely broken. From the moment I laid eyes on you, it was love ...
Christie Thompson
June 25, 2019
“Our dearest Ginna, Boo, Boo Girl left us yesterday to go over the Rainbow Bridge. She loved to give out Kissy, Kissy Girls to her Daddy and slept by his side for nearly 20 years. She was there through the good times and bad times for her Daddy and he with hers. She was his Baby Girl who loved her unconditionally and she did the same with him. ...
Bobby Weatherford
June 21, 2019
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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