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 ore 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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctor

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.

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.

"I am thankful to Lap of Love and especially Dr. Rachel. From the first phone call I knew we were in good hands. Romeo had a peaceful death and I am so grateful. He was loved and he knew that until his last breath.

Thank you."

Kelly Loughran
White Marsh, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was the most wonderful guide for our dog Rigby to pass from this earth to dog heaven. Her voice calmed Rigby, but also calmed the family. We were given so many choices to allow our pet to have a peaceful passage into death. Every fear we had she alleviated and the process was explained in gentle snippets so that we weren't overwhelmed. She was truthful and direct but Dr. Rachel's expertise in providing my pet the calmest, pain free death we could have ever hoped for. She truly was the guide on the side. She was an answer to my prayers."

Sharon Fogler
Baltiimore, Maryland

"My thanks again to Dr. Klickman for being so wonderful in helping poor old Jake when his time came. And congratulations on the nice article about her that just appeared in our local weekly, The Bowie Blade, which means it must have also appeared in the daily Annapolis Capital."

Craig Henderson
Bowie, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel, was absolutely wonderful. She was warm and kind to us and very patient with our question asking children. She put Asher at ease and had such good technique that Asher did not even twitch when given the sedatives. Thank you Dr. Rachel for giving Asher such a special goodbye. We cannot thank you enough."

Jessica Buchta
Silver Spring, Maryland

"Thank you Dr. Rachel. You truly did care for our beautiful boxer during a time in need. Your bedside manner was beyond what we could have asked for in the final moments of Lilly's life and we have you to thank for the comfort, compassion and care you offered. The paw print mold and quality time with Lilly you offered us was beyond what we could have thought to receive from an in-home veterinarian who we had only met moments before saying goodbye to our baby girl. Thank you for being so wonderful. -Jill & Dave"


Baltimore, Maryland

"Rachel was an incredible gift during our time of such intense loss. She brought in a spirit of peace and love which definitely helped heal our broken hearts. There are not enough words to describe my thanks and recommendation of this sweet Dr.

<3"

Bethany Tate
Annapolis, 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 for extended travel.

Pet Memorials
“Cheers to my baby wherever you are. You were loved and you will be missed forever. You were one of my favorite things in this life and I will never forget you! Thanks for being my little buddy all of these years”
Kelly Loughran
November 11, 2017
“Rigby, we miss you so much. Today was our first day in the house without you. You were a pretty "big" presence with your funny personality and stubborn attitude. You were our family baby for almost 9 years. I ❤️ your big brown eyes that were so full of expression and I could always tell when you were sorry for some naughty thing you had done! ...
Sharon Fogler
October 28, 2017
“Yesterday we said goodbye to Asher. He came to us a 3 legged, hit-by-car stray during my first year of Vet school. He has been a good and loyal dog. And he will be so missed. He was tired of hopping and having a very hard time getting around, so with the help of Mom and Dad to see it was time, we said goodbye. He had a wonderful last day ...
Jessica Buchta
October 3, 2017
“To my best friend, protector, running buddy, wind chaser, taste tester, comforter, walk partner, listener, coworker, morning coffee date, love bug, adventure buddy, and sunshine on a cloudy day: I will miss you until the day I die and you greet me with a wagging tail and the sweetest hug a girl could ask for. Thank you for being my best friend. ...
Bethany Tate
October 3, 2017
Payment Options

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.

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Lap of Love
PO Box 1453
Annapolis, MD 21404

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