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 rosewood urn with a brass nameplate and will be returned to you.within two weeks via mail.
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 at a pet cemetery.
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.
Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA
I come from a family of animal lovers. My life started surrounded by cats and dogs, and eventually my family expanded to include goats, rabbits, rats, and a number of birds. I've always loved animals but it wasn't until I met a veterinary technician during one of my own pet's appointments that I decided to make it a career. I started by working at an emergency clinic in Baltimore as a receptionist, then went to school to become a registered veterinary technician. After several years working in emergency, specialty, and general clinics as a technician, and with an ever increasing passion, I decided to apply to veterinary school and graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, I shared my life with more cats and dogs, my big (ok, fat) grey cat Guiness, his fiesty housemate Tiger (yes, a tabby!), my goofy Rotti mix, Chance, and my diva toy poodle, Pixie. Each of them developed chronic health problems as they got older and taught me not only about medicine from a doctor's point of view, but also about the joys and struggles of caring for aging pets as an owner. I learned through experience that you can't always do every treatment available or run every test…that sometimes there is no answer, or no treatment…that quality must always be more important than quantity and there is a time to say no more. And when each one left me, I knew it was right, but that didn't make it any easier.
I realized during my decade in general practice that one of the most important things I do as a veterinarian is to help owners at the end of their pets' lives. Surgery and medicine are rewarding, but the most difficult decision and time in many people's lives is the last good bye. This is when veterinarians are needed the most. I was able to honor some of my clients' requests to help their beloved dog or cat pass at home and saw the relief in their eyes that they didn't have to stress their pet one last time. My own pets hated coming to work with me and I understood as an owner how important it was for them to take their last breath in their own beds, if possible. As I have gotten further in my career, it has become more and more important to me that owners have the option for in home hospice and end of life care. Working for Lap of Love gives me the ability to devote all my professional time to helping pets pass peacefully and to helping owners through this process. It’s not easy to make this decision but it is a gift that we give, to love them so much that we let them go.
My family now consists of a Dachshund with short dog syndrome, a Bernese Mountain Dog who loves life and everyone in it more than anyone else I know, and 2 cats who rule us all. They are my constant companions, whether I am working on a craft project, cooking, making wine, or reading. They remind me every day that the bond we humans have with the animals in our care deserves respect and they drive me to make sure I give people and their pets the care I would want for my own crew.
"I had just read about Lap of Love in Whole Dog Journal as the day approached to help Duke cross to the Rainbow Bridge. I wanted to use a vet Duke did not know after months of Vet visits and Lap of Love was just what we needed to bring a peaceful end to the fur love of our lives. Dr. Rachel was so kind, compassionate, and put us at ease about our decision. It was the most peaceful transition I have ever experienced with a fur-baby. She was Duke's guardian angel (ours too)."
Marie MartinezChester, Maryland
"Thank you, Dr. Rachel, for your kind and caring service for Boomer and his human family."
Kevin & Rene PowellAnnapolis, Maryland
"Dr. Rachel Klickman was so wonderful and so caring. Our lab had been diagnosed with a possible brain tumor and in the middle of the night developed what we later learned was a kind of infection that caused him to thrash and spin around in total panic -- this was a very strong 65 lb. lab. He was too strong for us to be able to get him down the stairs and to an emergency vet, so we just had to hold and comfort him all night until 7am when Lap of Love 's hot line opened. We were all incredibly distressed.
The receptionists on the phone were kind and caring, and Dr Klickman was at our home by 8:30am. We were so happy that she quickly sedated our dog so he could relax in peace as we took some time to then talk before the final euthanasia. It was expensive but given the super quick service and the incredible care Dr Klickman gave both our pet and us, totally worth it. Hope to never been in an emergency euthanasia situation again -- but if ever needed. recommend Lap of Love so highly. They care for the humans and the pets."
Dawn StoltzfusAnnapolis, Maryland
"On July 7,2017, I googled how do you know and found a very helpful video to share with our 23 & 26-year-old daughters because I knew that the time was quickly approaching. The was sooner than we knew, the next day our 13 ½ year old yellow lab Diesel took a fall that he would not recover from. So, July 9th Dr. Rachel Klickman of Lap of Love Hospice came to do the procedure. My husband made an appointment through a company that was referred by our vet and later I realized it was Lap of Love. Diesel was our first family pet and we knew it was going to be hard but didn’t know what to expect. Dr. Rachel explained the process and was so patent with us. I can’t say enough about how compassion she was and how such she put our minds rest.
Thank you, Dr. Rachel Glickman,"
Sandra PettyMillersville, Maryland
"Dr. Rachel helped make a gut-wrenching, but necessary decision, a little more bearable. Everything about her, from her compassion and empathy, to her knowledge and professionalism were nothing less that what we had hoped for to help us through an impossible situation. The world is a better place with people like Dr. Rachel in it."
Nick & Dee H.Arnold, Maryland
"I can't say enough about the value of having Dr. Rachel help with the passing of our beloved family member. She was empathetic and made the entire process a beautiful experience. Everything was explained and nothing was rushed. My 12-year old daughter participated and I truly believe it provided her with an invaluable life lesson. Dr. Rachel took the time to make sure my daughter understood everything that she was doing. I will never take another pet to the vet when their time has come. I feel as if I did right by Kitty instead of putting her through a traumatic experience at the end of her life."
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis
Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Catonsville
Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic, Bowie
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the areas in and around Annapolis and Baltimore. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be additional fee of $50 for extended travel.
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 1453Annapolis, MD 21404