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
Thank you for your compassion and professionalism during this difficult time. You were patient, kind, and empathetic.
I still miss my big buddy every second of every day...I am still not ready for him to be gone...but I am at peace knowing he is not suffering.
Donna L. Cookhopkins, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie made one of the hardest days of my life a little bit better. She explained everything in great detail, was very understanding and offered me a lot of comfort. She was kind to my other pets, and helped them to understand what was happening along with me. I would never not recommend her and this service. I couldn’t imagine having to go through this any other way."
Laura PerozziColumbia, S. Carolina
"I can't express enough gratitude for Dr. Katie and the Lap of Love mission. Our sweet senior cat of 17 years collapsed at home and was in severe distress and could not be moved. Lap of Love answered our call and Dr. Katie was remarkably at our home very quickly. She was so tender and compassionate and just the answer we needed. We were so grateful to see our little love pass away peacefully at home with us, without prolonged suffering or the trauma of going to the emergency center. It's a sad day for us, but we're very thankful for the loving help."
Elena MaringChapin, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie was amazing with our baby girl, Tasha! She came to our house and made all of us feel comforted in the final moments of our cat's life. She walked us through the procedure, allowed us to be with Tasha and did everything she could to ensure the process was not scary or stressful for her. We are so unbelievably grateful we found Lap of Love, rather than going to a clinic. Dr. Katie then made a pawprint impression, gave us a keepsake lock of her hair, and gave us all a hug before departing. I would highly recommend Lap of Love, home service, to anyone looking to spend their last moments of life in their own home.
Sincerely Grateful - Bernie, Jana, and Nina"
Bernie & Jana SkaudisBlythewood, S. Carolina
"I'm eternally grateful for your help in making Nola's transition easy on all of us. It was the best gift I've ever been able to give one of my pets. We will definitely miss her and this will be the first time since I'm a child that I won't have a dog in my life. I take comfort in knowing that she is in heaven with my father and her siblings and I know that I will meet her again one day. Thank you again for making a very sad time a beautiful moment. The care and kindness for you to perform this for people at home is amazing."
Orangeburg, S. Carolina
"Dr. Will was so thoughtful and compassionate. He spent time getting to know us and our dog and he helped our sweet pup transition without any distress."
Jennifer BrockLexington, 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