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 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.

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

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.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Katie

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. 

 

Dr. Will

Will Basinger, DVM

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 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. 

 

"Dr. Will made this process as painless as possible both for our beloved hound Blueberry and for us. We knew that Dr. Will was a good person when Beauregard (one of our other hounds) gave Dr. Will lots of "Beau Love". Beau doesn't make friends easily but he took a liking to Dr. Will immediately.

Thank You Dr. Will."

Charles & Kimberly Oswald
Lexington, S. Carolina

"Lap of Love was just what our Rudy and family needed. We were not ready to say good-bye to Rudy and we felt like he was not ready either. Dr. Katie came to our house and spoke to us for about 2 hours. She is so kind and held our hands through the last months of our wonderful Rudy's life. She was also available through email with any questions and to help us through managing Rudy's conditions. When it was time for the very difficult discussion, she was very supportive and helped us through the last breath. As you can imagine this was a very difficult time for my family. Rudy was part of our family and my kids grew up with him. We now have a beautiful urn and a shadow box in the family room. He will always be remembered and loved. Thank you, Dr. Katie for all your wonderful help through this difficult time."

Sandy Rasche
Blythewood, S. Carolina

"Dr. Will was so compassionate and gentle with Fender and us. This was such a tough decision but we are glad we chose Lap of Love. We feel we gave him the best we could. Dr. Will was amazing."

Amy & Nathan Garlington
Chapin, S. Carolina

"Dr. Will was amazing. He was so good with Demon and I can tell he truly loves what he does. He made her passing more comfortable and that made it easier for me to say goodbye to my wonderful Demon dog. Thank you so much Dr. Will."

Tawnie Krogman
Columbia, S. Carolina

"Dr. Will Basinger is a stand-up guy. I wish all vets were as compassionate as he is. You're a credit to your profession, Dr. Will!"

Beverly Pott
West Columbia, S. Carolina

"Dr. Will was a blessing to us. At his initial visit, we thought we'd have weeks or months to enjoy Priya's company and love her up. Sadly, only two days after that visit, Priya took a sudden downturn. Dr. Will responded immediately to my message that she was suffering and was at our home very quickly. Offering her an easy transition from suffering to peace was the last gift I could give Priya, and Dr. Will compassionately made that possible. I am grateful to him and to Lap of Love."

Jennifer Wheeler
Gilbert, S. 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
“To our beloved Blueberry – Dusty’s Fine Blueberry Whine:
You were hard-headed, fearless and willful; yet always nosy about what your humans were doing.
You loved to climb up on things and watch over your world.
You loved to ride anything that moved, so much so we dubbed the UTV your Mama.
If you were ever "missing" you were often found on ...
Charles & Kimberly Oswald
February 14, 2019
“We miss Fender so much. We had him for ten years and it wasn’t long enough. Fender was such a loving, smart, silly and snuggly boy. He had the most adorable pout when he wanted your attention. I love how he was so eager to make us happy and just loved going anywhere we went. He would watch you with the softest brown eyes. He was the best little ...
Amy & Nathan Garlington
February 12, 2019
“Mans best friend.
Nothing has been more true than that. There is a special bond that a human has with their dog. One that is unconditional and more pure than any. She was my happiness. She always knew when I was upset. I'd be crying and she'd walk up and nudge me until I gave her loves. Usually ended up as me crying on her head. She never did ...
Tawnie Krogman
January 29, 2019
“Shadow was a super special little guy. We only had him for the last 3 years of his life, but what an impact he made. He was absolutely the sweetest cat we had ever met- he never met a stranger, and he purred all the time. I miss you so so much, my little wobble-head- things just aren't the same without you... Please save us a warm spot ♥”
Beverly Pott
January 28, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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
PO Box 292233
Columbia, SC 29229

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