All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
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.
Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA
"Rachel was extremely sensitive to our love for Blue. She immediately understood how difficult the decision was for us. I can't imagine allowing our Blue to leave us any other way. Rachel provided the best care and attention possible during this very heart-wrenching time in our lives. We take solace in knowing that she enabled us to allow Blue, our angel, to leave our world in our company, in her favorite spot, with us by her side every second."
Dan JohnsonBowie, Maryland
"Dr Rachel was a tremendous comfort to us. She came on a cold blustery day and was soothing presence to us in an awful time. She took good care of both Trixie and her family, patiently explaining and never rushing us. We found the whole process cathartic, thoughtful and peaceful."
Heather SkillingSilver Spring, Maryland
"Rachel was so kind and helpful in this difficult and emotional situation. She helped me understand my options, and when it came time to say Goodbye to my beloved pug Bean, she made it a peaceful process for my old friend. She wrote a wonderful tribute to him, and I'll forever be grateful for her help in Bean's passing. Thank you Rachel."
Jean StonerSilver Spring, Maryland
"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.
Kelly LoughranWhite 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 FoglerBaltiimore, 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 HendersonBowie, Maryland
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis
Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Catonsville
Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic, Bowie
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.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 1453Annapolis, MD 21404
Capital Gazette: "Terminally ill pets now have local hospice care"