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.
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
"Dr. Rachel couldn’t have been more perfect. The minute she walked up, sat on the grass and started stroking Billy we knew we were in good hands. She said all the right things at exactly the right time. The Hughes family wants to thank you for your professionalism your kind thoughts and words and your caring nature.
We were skeptical at first calling a national service but were more than pleasantly surprised at the caring. From the phone call to the service, they were people that genuinely care for your pet and your emotions.
Thank you Lap of Love and especially Dr. Rachel for treating Billy like your own and giving us a tender service.
Jeff, Tricia, Megan, Devin and Billy."
Jeff HughesPasadena, Maryland
"Thank you Dr. Rachel for your kindness and your gift of time and for letting us keep Pip in a safe place (and consequently US in a safe pace too). Being able to be with him at home was such a gift to him and us.
Here are some other things I appreciated in hindsight.
The call to let us know you were coming.
Knocking on the door instead of ringing the bell.
Not being in a hurry and listening to our stories about Pip
Being so accepting and loving about our tears.
Letting us know what to prepare for.
The follow up call to our Vet so we didn't have too.
Loving Pip, too.
It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved fur-kid, but I am so thankful that Pip was allowed to go with Pug dignity and without being anxious. Held by the two people who loved him the most in this world. Thank you for being a part of that time."
Glennyce GrindstaffBeltsville, Maryland
"Dr. Rachel was the most kind and compassionate person I have ever met. Our family feels truly grateful and blessed to have found her. The way Dr. Rachel handled the procedure was so peaceful! I am so glad that we were able to have Grayson taken to his final resting place at his home. I highly recommend Dr. Rachel."
Susan SquiresGlen Burnie, Maryland
"Dr. Rachel was wonderful in helping us send our little girl, Cally, home. Dr. Rachel was very thorough in explaining every step of the process. Her calm demeanor and putting our Cally at ease made the whole situation less painful. This was our first time with an at-home euthanasia and we were very pleased by Dr. Rachel and Lap of Love. Their professionalism, understanding and compassion meant the world to us and we are so happy Cally was able to be in her own home when she got her wings. Thank you Dr. Rachel. You have a true talent and we value your commitment to helping our pets in their final stages of life."
Donna BremermanHanover, Maryland
"My beloved pup, Kona, was in Lap of Love hospice for about a month when he experienced a sharp decline. Dr. Rachel kindly came to my apartment on an emergency appointment to help me make the final decision and say goodbye in the best way possible. This was a terrible time for me, and Dr. Rachel was understanding, patient, and helpful. We talked through the different options and ultimately I decided to say goodbye. Dr. Rachel provided loving support for Kona and I through the entire process. Kona left this world on a sunny day, on green grass, with minimal discomfort. Afterwards, I was heartbroken and Dr. Rachel continued to provide care and comfort for me.
I will always miss Kona, but I am thankful that his passing was not traumatic for him. I will always appreciate Dr. Rachel's help through this difficult time.
I commend Lap of Love veterinarians for their compassion, flexibility, understanding, and expertise. All of the call center staff that I spoke with throughout the month were compassionate and helpful, as well."
Jennifer McCulleyROCKVILLE, Maryland
"When the time came to let go of our handsome boy, Action, we feel blessed to have reached Dr. Rachel. Her compassion, expertise, professionalism, kind-heartedness, tenderness, wisdom and patience are just a few of the qualities that made this distressing experience much more peaceful and bearable than we ever could have imagined. We are so grateful for Dr. Rachel and her obvious commitment to well-being for all. Thank you Dr. Rachel! Many blessings to you."
Bridgette RatnamLaurel, 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"