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
"We will be forever grateful to Dr Katie for her sensitivity, care, and compassion. Willie fought a long hard battle with Lymphoma for nearly 3 years, but we'd promised him we'd let him go when his quality of life went down and he was ready. As hard as it was, and as much as it still hurts over 4 months later, Dr Katie was supportive, empathetic, and made the whole process as smooth and comforting as possible. After all those vet visits, we were thankful to be able to spare him that last one. Thank You!"
Cyndi JonesColumbia, S. Carolina
"I cannot thank Dr. Katie enough for her service. Lap of Love was very professional and did not try to sell upgraded services on such an emotional time. Dr. Katie so warm and kind to Cami as well as to our family. She handled herself with utmost tenderness. Cami *was* part of the family. Since I worked out of my house she was by my side most days. I cannot express my gratitude once again for Dr. Katie's kindness. We all held Cami to the end. I was so afraid I would not be able to sleep that night but knowing how she was loved and cared for from the day we brought her home, to the time she left, my mind was at rest."
Columbia, S. Carolina
"Dr Katie was patient, compassionate and kind. Some angels walk the earth. She treated L.O.U.I.E. like he was her own kitty."
Will and Jen Hatchell and PlaszczenskiColumbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie made the passing of Ripley so much easier. She was very sympathetic and professional"
Evelyn MayColumbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie showed our family more love and compassion than I can say. She was so gentle with my Ed, and took time to really see him. I can not express our gratitude to her on making a heart breaking time slightly better. Thank you from the bottom of our heart."
Jaimee VandenboogaardColumbia, S. Carolina
"On Wednesday 12-20 our family experienced one of the most heart wrenching days of our lives, making the decision to let our precious Ginger cross the Rainbow Bridge.
She was a 12 year old terrier mix we adopted 10 years ago from a shelter. Every day was a day of joy Ginger shared with us. She had always been so healthy until she started a rather sudden decline and was diagnosed with nasal to brain cancer at the South Carolina Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Care in mid November by neurologist Dr Draper and oncologist Dr Fritz. Options were explained to us and we decided to keep her home with us until we had to make the decision we had dreaded to make.
We had received information from Dr Fritz about Lap of Love and made the call on 12-19. We were given an appointment with Dr Katie for 12-20 at 10:00.
When Dr Katie came to the door we knew immediately our prayers had been answered to help us and Ginger with this decision. Dr Katie was so compassionate and understanding and explained everything in detail of what was going to be done to Ginger. We held her in our laps and soothed her and whispered our "Goodbye precious Ginger" until she peacefully drifted across the Rainbow Bridge to never experience pain again.
We truly believe Dr Katie has a very special gift from God to help families with this grief. Meeting her we all felt we were in the presence of an angel unawares.
Dr Katie, Dr Draper, Dr Fritz and everyone associated with Lap of Love will always be in our hearts."
Rod and Susan MorganColumbia, 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