Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

Euthanasia$325

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

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.

Additional Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$265
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$285
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$195
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

Availability

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Rachel

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.

About 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.

"We are so appreciative of Dr. Rachel's care of our baby Morgan and her tremendous help to us during one of the most difficult times of our lives. She has such a calm and caring presence and was so gentle and loving to Morgan. She helped us navigate 8 months of Morgan's cancer and helped Morgan peacefully pass from her little bed to heaven. Dr. Rachel is very kind, present, and warmhearted. We will forever be grateful to her."

Natalie & Ellie Boan-Kapustin
Davidsonville, Maryland

"There are not enough words to express how wonderful Dr. Rachel is. She is compassionate, understanding and loving during such a difficult time. I am so glad that she was here with me to help Woody pass peacefully and lovingly."

Betsy Godbold
Annapolis, Maryland

"We were so privileged to have Dr. Rachel help us bring Dabu into his next adventure. Dr. Rachel took care of everything and we felt and saw her compassion. Dabu was relaxed and stress free and she Dr. Rachel not only for him but for us. We appreciate her so much and are happy we chose Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel. Thank you so much!"

Vilma Cruz
Hanover, Maryland

"I reached out to the incredible staff at Lap of Love/Annapolis when it was time to say goodbye to my sweet girl Penny. The first thing I want to say is that every time I called Lap of Love, I was greeted by someone different and every single staff member I spoke with was fabulous and could not have been sweeter and easier to deal with. We invited Dr. Rachel to meet us at our family home to say our goodbyes to Penny and from the moment she arrived, she put our minds at ease with zero judgment and complete understanding of our relationship with our girl. This was the worst, yet best, decision I have ever had to make. While I had to send Penny's soul to doggy heaven, I couldn't have done it without the help of Dr. Rachel and I immediately knew I reached out to the right people to help me with this decision. In the days following the appointment, I received a sweet note from Dr. Rachel and I knew she was the right person to help free Penny from her ailing mind and body. I will forever be grateful for Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel."

Anne Bagliani
Baltimore, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was so wonderful! It was a long and difficult decision to let our senior boxer, Brynn go. She was such a sweet girl and very much loved. She had been struggling with Degenerative Myelopathy for a year and it became too much for her to get around well. We knew it was time and wanted her to go surrounded by love in her own home. This is where Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel came into our lives. We had done this before through our vet's office, and what a difference. We wanted our kids to have the chance to say goodbye and be a part of this transition, we wanted to be in a place where we could mourn in private. Dr. Rachel gave us so much warmth and understanding. She listened to us talk about our Brynnie girl as she prepared, she explained every part of the process, she talked to the kids (10 and 15) and offered privacy when it was done. She was respectful and sweet and loving towards Brynn. She reached out with her condolences after and really made this difficult time much easier.

Dr. Rachel, thank you so much! You made such a difference in how we processed this loss."

Angie J
Crofton, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel Klickman was the vet who assisted us. She is a very soft-spoken, extremely caring and AWESOME person! She explained everything to us as to what she was going to do and what Bullitt's reactions may or may not be. She never rushed us in any way and gave us our time to grieve before and after his passing. We could not have asked for a better vet to assist us in such a difficult time.

If her office was closer to our home, we would definitely be switching vets. If ever needed, please contact her."

Darlene Behner
Baltimore, Maryland

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (410) 224-0331

Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis

  (410) 788-7040

Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Catonsville

  (301) 809-8800

Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic, Bowie

Service Area

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-$100 for extended travel.

Pet Memorials
“Our sweet baby Morgan...gone too soon. She filled our lives with so much love and joy; and she was so brave the last 8 months battling cancer that finally took her from us and into heaven . She lived each and every day to the fullest, always giving endless head bunts and tons of love. She was so fun and had the best baby "eeehhhh" meow from her ...
Natalie & Ellie Boan-Kapustin
June 15, 2019
“Woody quite literally brought me back to life. He was a gift to me when I didn't think I could love another pet and he wiggled his way into my heart like no other could. He was another child to me without the back-talking and with all of the unconditional love. Woody brought me joy every day of his life and I will forever be grateful to him for ...
Betsy Godbold
June 15, 2019
“Dabu, how we miss you so. When Eric asked if he could have a Pitbull, my answer was no. I didn't know anything about Pitbull's; only what I'd heard. What a huge mistake. Eric knew that once I saw you, I'd fall in love and I did. You have made our lives better. You were playful and loving. You loved to cuddle but always ready to go out when asked. ...
Vilma Cruz
May 30, 2019
“Bullitt Mcqueen Behner
Bullitt was by far the best dog we ever had. He was Very gentle and loving. He fought thyroid cancer for three years, but you would never know anything was wrong with him except for the lump in his throat. Six months ago he dislocated his hip and we didn't think he would make it through surgery but he did. He continued ...
Darlene Behner
May 10, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred.  We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit. 

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Lap of Love
PO Box 1453
Annapolis, MD 21404

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