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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.
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.
Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA
"We have been privileged to share our lives with many four-legged furry children, but when the time came to say goodbye to them, it always seemed so awful to carry them to the vet's or the SPCA, and for their final hours to be spent with total strangers in a scary place. When I first read about "Lap of Love" and their unique pet euthanasia services, I knew what I wanted for every dog of ours going forward. We were also so fortunate to be located in the part of MD where Dr. Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA, works; though, I am equally sure all the vets who work for "Lap of Love" are also dedicated to the elderly dogs and families they have chosen to work with. We found ourselves in the situation of having not one but three Golden Retrievers who were all very close in age. Dr. Rachel has now come to our house three separate times in one year to help each of our dogs be euthanized in the most peaceful and comfortable way possible. She impressed me so much by her obvious love for and understanding of each individual dog. She spends her time with them getting to know them and putting them and their anxious, grieving owners at ease. I watched each dog relax under her gentle knowing touch. She also answered any questions we had and told us all we could expect as our pets fell gently to sleep still wrapped in the love and safety of their family and in their own home. Please check out their website to get more detailed info on what you can expect. Dr. Rachel, thank you for leaving your private veterinary practice to tend exclusively to pets facing the end of their lives. We miss our beloved dogs, but we know we gave them the very best care from their puppyhood to their deaths thanks to you and the much needed and appreciated service you provide."
Janet and Tony KearneyCatonsville, Maryland
"Dr Rachel was one of the most kind, empathetic and patient vets I have ever met. Marley went right up to her and she talked and petted him the whole time she was here. She spoke to us and made us feel like our decision was the best and only decision for Marley. She gave me great comfort and support during this whole process. I can't imagine it could have gone any better. It was more than I could have asked for during this difficult time. She truly put us at ease from the moment she came into our house."
Chrissy BarnettCOLUMBIA, Maryland
""THANK YOU" Dr. Rachel Klickman from the bottom of our hearts. Right now our hearts are breaking due to the loss of our sweet puppy Buffy. She was our little dumpling. Dr. Klickman made Buffy's transition into the spirit world peaceful and dignified. Buffy was so special and Rachel with so much empathy, kindness and her professionalism made her passing special as well. For that we will be forever grateful."
Mary & Dot ConeryGlen Burnie, Maryland
"Our wonderful Katia developed lung cancer when she was 15. It was heartbreaking knowing we were going to lose our wonderful Court Jester. She was always making us laugh at her antics and she didn't care and was never embarrassed when she fell off a table or got her head caught in something or chased her tail, bit it and scared herself! It was like her mission in life was to love and entertain all around her. Watching her decline the past year was almost more than we could bear.
When we knew it was getting to be time to be merciful and allow her to be pain free and at peace, we knew we didn't want to take her to our vets office. We wanted her stress free and at home surrounded by her family. I researched several at home options and decided on Lap of Love. Their website is very informative and after speaking to someone there, I knew our baby would be in excellent hands.
Dr. Rachel came to our home and sat on the floor and just talked to us. We told her all about Katia and how wonderful she had been as well as what she was going through. Dr. Rachel was so kind and compassionate. We were all crying and knowing we had to proceed, but Dr. Rachel told us to take as much time as we needed before she would start. She shared with us her own experience with one of her cats that also died of cancer, so we knew she had gone through what were were now experiencing. Once she gave Katia the sedative, our dopey got up, went to her food dish and got something to eat. The sedative kicked in and Katia fell asleep with her face in the food dish! This was not the 1st time that had happened! She would sleep in the funniest places, as all cats tend to do. Once she was sedated, Dr. Rachel administered the last drug and before she was even finished, our Katia was at peace. Dr. Rachel took a Paw Print and clipped some fur for us to keep in the keepsake box my husband had specially made for her. She gave us as much time as we needed to say our final goodbyes. When we were done, Done Rachel wrapped Katia in a nice purple blanket and put her in a nice basket for her final trip.
We are all still crying today, but we know our baby is at peace and frolicking in Kitten Heaven and Dr. Rachel and Lap of Love made her final transition so pain free and we know we did the right thing.
Thank you Dr. Rachel."
Melody BlerschRockville, Maryland
""We are so appreciative of Dr. Rachel's care of our sweet cat Zoe and her tremendous comfort to us during a heart wrenching time. She has such a calm and caring presence and was so gentle and loving to Zoe during her first meeting and provided such a peaceful passing for Zoe from her favorite pillow in our home to heaven. We will forever be grateful for her kindness, warmth, compassion, and caring during one of the most difficult times in our lives. She took great care of our baby, Zoe. Thank you.""
Natalie Boan-KapustinDavidsonville, Maryland
"We are so appreciative of Dr. Rachel's care of our sweet cat Zoe and her tremendous comfort to us during a heart wrenching time. She has such a calm and caring presence and was so gentle and loving to Zoe during her first meeting and provided such a peaceful passing for Zoe from her favorite pillow in our home to heaven. We will forever be grateful for her kindness, warmth, compassion, and caring during one of the most difficult times in our lives. She took great care of our baby, Zoe. Thank you."
Natalie & Ellie Boan-KapustinDavidsonville, Maryland
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
Capital Gazette: "Terminally ill pets now have local hospice care"