PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$435

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$335

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.

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$310

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$160
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$205

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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

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

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.

"Dr. Rachel … an angel sent from heaven. She brought us through one of the hardest decision we had to make. Her bedside manner was exemplary, her love she shows for pets are shown in her work that allowed us to let go.

Thank you Dr. Rachel for assisting with our mending hearts."


Hunt Valley, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was so kind, gentle, understanding and supportive. I would recommend her and your services to anyone I know wanting to give their pet the dignity of passing peacefully in their own home. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and she was so gracious."

Melissa Fry
Davidsonville, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel Klickman was absolutely amazing. Her calm and gentle demeanor put us all at ease and even Cindy seemed to sense that Dr. Rachel was there to help her. We cannot thank her enough for such an incredible experience. Cindy's last moments were pain-free and extraordinarily peaceful. Thank you, Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel. We were so blessed to have your kindness and expertise during this sacred time of transition for our family.

The Rogel Family"

Susan Rogel
Bowie, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel made what seemed impossible, possible and even comfortable. Not only did she go through the steps of the procedure in a careful and gentle way, but she talked my husband and I through what’s been going on with our dog, Layla. Layla had cancer and Dr. Rachel helped us to understand that Layla was probably experiencing more discomfort and difficulty than she was showing. We then felt reassured us that not only was this the right thing to do, but it was also the right time. She assured us that Layla would be in no pain and, better yet, a state of bliss when her time of peace finally came. Dr. Rachel seemed to completely understand the absolute heartache I had been experiencing for days, and gave me a most comforting hug before leaving.

My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Rachel and the entire Laps of Love process. We are completely satisfied customers and would strongly recommend this service to anyone who is in need of a vet to serve in their home. I’m so grateful to not have had to endure a torturous ride to and from a vet’s office, the stress Layla would have to take on there, and facing people in public while experiencing this trauma. It truly was more comfortable, peaceful, and all-in-all, a better experience, without a doubt. We cannot thank Dr. Rachel enough."

Molly Keeler
Annapolis, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel provided the best experience we have had with losing with our girls. Although it is never easy to lose someone, it is so helpful to limit the trauma and be surrounded by someone who cares. She provided us with helpful information, was kind and patient. We love the paw impression and the opportunity to honor our baby. We have already shared our experience with friends, family and strangers and will continue to do so. Thank you for making it as easy as possible for Tiger Lily."

Kathleen Hannon
Arnold, Maryland

"Very special thanks to Dana Rine & Dr. Rachel Klickman, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. Dana went out of her way to find a vet who could come that day, & found Dr. Rachel, who was such a Godsend, and made saying goodbye so much easier. Both sent me lovely personal messages following his death which were so warm & caring. Dr. Rachel was very careful to ensure that I had time with Polar, that I was comfortable at every step, & looked out for my other dog's reactions as well. Polar was the first pet I had to make this decision for, but I was so comforted by having a caring provider help Polar and me."

Nalini Cherian
Silver Spring, 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
“To my eyes and ears, you never know how much I loved you until you were gone. I will miss hugging that big neck of yours, the love you always showed me even when you were at your weakest. I will miss how you would almost knock me over every time you wanted a hug or attention.

Our hearts are still broken and I still look outside because for ...
July 30, 2019
“Miley Fry
9/29/2010 to 7/26/2019

Miley gave our family an incredible amount of unconditional love.
I miss her company in my office all day, I miss her waiting for me to go upstairs for the night, I miss her in the mornings when I wake up and her bed is empty, I miss her wine and bark...she is missed beyond words. A piece of my heart is ...
Melissa Fry
July 30, 2019
“Cinderella "Cindy" Rogel We all miss you, Cindy. We are still expecting to see your face at the front window when we return home, or to see you curled up at night in your bed. We know that you are no longer in any pain and that you are romping at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for thirteen years of furever love with us.”
Susan Rogel
July 22, 2019
“Thank you for all that you gave us, there is a hole that will never be filled. We are so grateful that you found us and allowed us to be a part of your stay on this Earth. Tigs, we miss you so much and always will. Be happy and warm the hearts of all those angels up there.”
Kathleen Hannon
July 8, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 1453
Annapolis, Maryland 21404

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