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 were very fortunate to be able to spend Ares' final hours together in our home, thanks to Dr. Rachel Klickman who made the entire process as comfortable as possible. Dr. Klickman was incredibly compassionate and patient with us during this difficult transition. Gently walking us through every step of the way. Everything from the arrival to the departure with our beloved Ares was perfect. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Klickman for this type of experience during a time when our hearts were so heavy."

Sarah Sterling
Crownsville, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was so compassionate and loving to Cody and to us. She walked us through the whole process and gave us as much time as we needed. She is a wonderful vet and human being, and she made a difficult time feel peaceful and meaningful. We are so grateful she was there for Cody and for us. We have so much respect and appreciation for her. Much peace and love to you, Dr. Rachel."

Janet Rohlfs
Savage, Maryland

"I originally crossed paths with Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel Klickman about 4 months ago, when she was an exceptionally calming presence as I said goodbye to my sweet boy Jacques, an 18 year old Chihuahua mix. At that same time, I also needed help in understanding options for my 16 year old boy Snoop, who had become lame in both hind legs. From her initial assessment of Snoop through now as she continues to work with him, I've always felt that she's had his best interests at heart. The holistic treatment plan that Dr. Rachel has developed includes acupuncture, nutrition, and consideration of his mental wellness, among other things. She is so gentle, well-informed, insightful and patient (with my many questions). Our goal is to keep Snoop as comfortable as possible for as long as he has the will. He has good days and not so good days but Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel have always just been a phone call away to assist and support. To see him greet her at the door and be happy to see her tells me that he knows that she makes him better. This is the kind of care and compassion that I owe to Snoop. Although nothing can prevent the heartbreak that will come when Dr. Rachel makes one last visit for Snoop, I will know that he's truly had the absolute best care that I could ever hope for for my fur babies and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Rachel for all that you do - you are a blessing!"

Judy Coleman
Baltimore, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was caring, professional and very respectful. She made an unbelievably difficult situation far better than we could have imagined. It was so hard to say goodbye to our wonderful Jack. He was almost 15 years old, a loyal friend, who loved belly rubs and lounging in our bed. I am so lonely without him. The entire process with Lap of Love was designed to make us comfortable. It was a blessing to be in our home with our beloved Jack until the end. Thank you Dr. Rachel."

Valerie Portner
Ellicott City, Maryland

"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Rachel. She went above and beyond to discuss Lily's needs with me for several months leading up to her passing. She was kind enough to check in on me periodically even when I wasn't ready to talk to her, I knew she was available. When the time came I knew exactly who to reach out to. The entire process was really amazing and as good as saying goodbye could have been. I really never thought I could see my self letting a dog go in my home, but I am truly happy that I did."

Lisa Butler
Baltimore, Maryland

"Dr. Klickman has a wonderful bedside manner. I could not have hoped for a more peaceful passing for Minna, and I know it was because of Dr. Klickman. She took her time, explained everything, and most importantly, clearly cared that our family was experiencing immense sadness. She helped us honor Minna's life, and that is all I could hope for in this type of situation."

Linda Herbert
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
“We were heartbroken to say goodbye to Ares on April 5, 2019. He was exactly 13 yrs and 10 months old. We were hoping he would make it 14 but feel very fortunate to have had him in our lives as long as we did. He was the best dog and is already deeply missed. He brought smiles to everyone everywhere he went. Even later in life when he couldn't walk ...
Sarah Sterling
April 9, 2019
“Cody, you will always remain in our hearts. You gave the best kisses. You were a 60 pound lap dog with no personal boundaries, and we loved you for that. May you be running and hopping through a field of new-fallen snow as you wait for your Mommy and Daddy to meet you at the gate. We love you, Bubba Gump Shrimp! 😥💔💔”
Janet Rohlfs
April 9, 2019
“In loving memory of Lily. I'm not really sure there are adequate words to express the relationship Lily and I shared and the impact that she had on my life. This was truly the hardest decision I have ever had to make. For 15 years she has been by my side through every up and every down. She accompanied me to work daily for 14 of those years. She ...
Lisa Butler
March 18, 2019
“I will miss my dear, sweet Minna more than I can express in words. She was my little furry life partner who came to greet me when I came home from work and tried to stow away in my suitcase when I packed for vacation and work trips. Like the fox in The Little Prince she tamed me as much as I tamed her. I've always known that the pendulum of ...
Linda Herbert
March 5, 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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