PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$360

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$255

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.

Dr. Kelly

Kelly Stockton

I grew up in the 70’s in Chevy Chase, MD which is a suburb of Washington, DC.  It was a lovely area and time that allowed me to have pets throughout my life.  I wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age as evidenced by stories that I wrote in elementary school – one wherein I had to patch up one of Santa’s reindeer one Christmas Eve. 

Luckily, I was able to fulfill my dream and graduate from the Veterinary school at VA Tech - the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  Over the past 20+ years, I have exclusively practiced emergency medicine enjoying the spontaneity and variety of cases that presented themselves.   

A significant amount of cases required counseling owners about when it would be in their pet’s best interest to consider euthanasia which is the ultimate responsibility for an owner to handle.  Having been in their position, with my first pup as an adult, I know it is the hardest decision to make and one that is almost always second guessed.  Helping owners make the decision and to confirm that they are doing the best thing for the loved one is a rewarding experience. 

When I am not working, I relax with my sweet pup, Cricket, who is a Schnorkie.  We watch movies, build LEGOs, play Sudoku, and cross stitch.  My little sister and her family live nearby giving me the chance to watch her kids grow up.

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. Kelly was wonderful with us - Oreo, our doggy Otto, my son and I. She took great care to explain things, and to show us all love and compassion. She made this experience bearable, as hard as it was. Thank you so much Dr. Kelly - we are forever grateful to you. God bless you for all that you do. Much Love to you."

Susan Gray
Odenton, Maryland

"We highly recommend this service for anyone who lost a pet.

In fact, dogs or cats would want to die at home instead of at a vet with no homely environment. Pet owners would want to feel much comfortable with their dying pets at home with the help of this service."

Fred, Becky, Adam & Kyle Hartman
Clarksville, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel made the very saddening experience much more comfortable and personal. I feel as though Puff got to be relaxed her final moments with the help of Dr. Rachel. Thank you so much for giving peace in a difficult situation."

Amanda Wise
Baltimore, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel is amazing. She has such quiet compassion, and it's evident that she truly cares and believes in what she does. I am so happy she has the strength to do this. She put our mind at ease with our difficult decision - what made it so hard, is Harry was eating and drinking, and was not in any pain, yet we knew it was time, and Dr. Rachel just reinforced that for us, and made us comfortable with our decision. His passing was beautiful, and that was because she made it that way. Thank you again, Dr. Rachel, for what you do."

Chris Tucker
Ellicott city, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel was a perfect combination of quiet compassion and honesty. She walked us through everything, and gave us the assurance that we had made the right decision for our almost 15 year old standard poodle Harry. It was all we could have wanted. Harry went to sleep on his bed, peacefully surrounded by those he loved, and spent his last few moments drifting off into blissful slumber, feeling the touch of his owners petting him. Although it's hard to say goodbye, this home euthanasia made such a difference for us. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Rachel and Lap of Love. Thank you for making this difficult experience a peaceful one for our boy."

Chris Tucker
Ellicott city, Maryland

"Our beautiful sweet soul boy Bentley left this earth last Sunday. There are no words to fully explain the emptiness and sadness we are feeling. Our boy was 13 years old and brought us so much joy and unconditional love. When it was decided that Bentley was not improving and only getting worst, Bentley's eyes said it all.....in his eyes I saw hopelessness and I knew we had to make the decision to set Bentley free and let him cross Rainbow Bridge. My vet recommended that I contacted Lap of Love to help us set Bentley free.

Dr. Rachel came to our home exactly on time as we scheduled. At a time when our hearts were broken, Dr. Rachel exhibited such a sweet kindness and understanding of walking us through the process showing much love and compassion. Dr Rachel, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for how gently and kindly you handled the euthanasia of our sweet dog, Bentley. You were an angel sent from above, who will remain in our hearts next to our special boy. Thank YOU, you do amazing work, and we will never forget your compassion and kindness."

Julie Lamartina Dinko
Arnold, 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 Oreo, our wildman - You brought such joy to our home, such love. We will miss watching you chase the red dot, tearing through the house, playing with your toys, chewing the toilet paper, getting in trouble, your defiant attitude, your bravery, and most of all - YOU. Mama and Jonathan will always love you. Come visit us from time to ...
Susan Gray
March 14, 2020
“Buddy (age 16)
Rescued in 2008 from Howard County Animal Shelter. He fulfilled his life with amazing adventures - swimming, riding on a jet ski and boat, playing his furry friends in Lake Anna, VA, watching us catch crabs in Chance, MD, hiking, playing with his favorite stuffed toys, riding in cars, just to name a few. Thank you Buddy for a very ...
Fred, Becky, Adam & Kyle Hartman
March 11, 2020
“Harry, you were such a part of our life. From the moment you tumbled out of the car onto the grass, to the moment you closed your eyes for the last time, you loved fiercely, and you were loved back the same.

I still think I have to let you out, and my eyes still leak, I guess that will take some time. But you were such a part of our family, ...
Chris Tucker
March 10, 2020
“Smokey Bear, our sweet girl. You brought us so much happiness. I can only hope we brought you half the amount of happiness you brought us. You lived a great life, your family will miss you more than ever. It’s so hard to let go of something that gave so much love unconditionally. I’m not looking forward to going to bed and waking up without you. ...
Jenn/Joe Thiele
January 29, 2020
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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