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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.

Dr. Jocelyn

Jocelyn Spiga, DVM

Growing up on a farm in western Pennsylvania, there was never a shortage of animals. I could not get enough of all of the cats, dogs, sheep, rabbits, cows, and chickens. I even made friends with the mice in the feed room (much to my father’s dismay). My first pet was a baby lamb named Margaret, who was my best friend and followed me everywhere. She would headbutt anyone that came near me. From a young age, I never considered being anything other than a veterinarian and, luckily, I was driven enough to get into Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Working in private practice and shelter medicine upon graduation, I was able to appreciate the difficulties and rewards of treating owned animals as well as those that have been cast aside. My inherent belief is that every animal deserves to pass with the utmost love, respect, and compassion that we can supply. 

My most heartfelt euthanasia experience was with a Chow mix that I adopted from the shelter. We named her Karessa because she was the sweetest girl that just loved to be caressed. She had several concerning medical problems at the shelter and when no one came forward to claim her, I adopted her for seven blissfully sweet days. Unfortunately, her medical problems were too advanced and I had the distinct honor of letting her go peacefully in our home. It was a grief-stricken yet humbling experience for myself. I was so grateful to have that short amount of time to spoil her rotten and give her all of the love she deserved. Ultimately, that is what lead me to Lap of Love. There is nothing on this earth I would rather do than help a fellow pet owner feel the gratification and relief that comes with being able to let their family member go in the comfort of their home. 

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."  - A. A. Milne

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.

"Our family is so grateful for Dr. Rachel's kindness, compassion and skill as she helped Honey transition. It is so obvious that she is doing exactly what the Universe wants her to do: be a loving angel to those of us here on Earth as well as those heading over the Rainbow Bridge! It was immediately apparent how warm and nurturing she is when Honey wasted no time in laying in her lap, our other dog Cookie stopped barking and pacing very quickly, and even our reserved cat Pippy came over to nuzzle her.

We can't thank Dr. Rachel enough for making a difficult time so loving and peaceful."

Kierstan Boyd
Annapolis, Maryland

"Dr. Rachel has helped us say goodbye to not one but two of our critters in the past year. She was so kind and patient. So understanding. So wonderful at walking me through what to expect. I would recommend her to anyone who is the same unfortunate situation. I feel comfort in knowing our furry family members were in her caring hands."

Kirsten Bodnarchuk
Severna Park, Maryland

"I can't say enough good things about my experience with Lap of Love and particularly Dr. Rachel Klickman. The staff at Lap of Love was a Godsend at the most difficult time in a pet lover's life. I'm grateful that Dr. Rachel was the one who helped my Jacques cross the Rainbow Bridge. They have been exceptionally responsive, caring and compassionate. Dr. Rachel brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that I've rarely found in over 30 years of having fur babies. Thank you for all that you do!"

Judy Coleman
Baltimore, Maryland

"The decision to let our Fred go was incredibly agonizing and painful. But Dr. Rachel made our experience as peaceful and comfortable as possible. It brought us a lot of peace knowing that our sweetheart passed on with no pain and in the comfort of his own home. Dr. Rachel was so warm and compassionate - I never felt like we had a stranger in our home. When she arrived, Fred greeted her with his wagging tail and loving spirit and she knelt on the floor and loved on him as if he were her own. It truly takes a special person to compassionately carry out these services and we are so grateful for Dr. Rachel.

Dr. Rachel, thank you so much for your warmheartedness and for comforting us during such a dark time."

Jessica Beekman
Laurel, Maryland

"Dr. Jocelyn is a credit to her profession - kind, compassionate and so very thoughtful!"

Luke Driscoll
Lutherville, Maryland

"It broke our hearts when Frank was diagnosed with cancer. At 15 years, major surgery just was not a viable option for him. Always the trooper, he managed to hang on for several months; but he let us know when he was tired of fighting.

As tired as he was though, he seemed to light up when Dr. Rachel walked in, and immediately went to greet her. He purred as she sat down on the floor and petted him.

Dr. Rachel was so calm and gentle. She took her time and explained everything thoroughly. The whole experience, while sad for us, was completely calm, and gentle. It was the best exit that Frank could have had and the one that he deserved, which made his passing much easier for us to bear. We are eternally grateful."

Marla Hirth
Columbia, MD, 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
“Honey was the sweetest, gentlest and most sensitive dog. She will be loved forever by her human family as well as her fur siblings, Cookie, Pippy, Chessie and Sparkles.

Roll in the grass, dig as much as you want, eat as many cheese steaks and goldfish crackers as you'd like, and run with your friends and family in Heaven. See you at the Rainbow ...
Kierstan Boyd
February 12, 2019
“Loved by many, missed by more. You kept us calm and laughing.”
Kirsten Bodnarchuk
February 7, 2019
“Fred,
I don't even know where to begin. I could use any number of adjectives to describe just how amazing you were - loving, snuggly, spunky, social, adorable, curious, friendly - I could go on and on. You were such a people dog, you loved everyone you met. Even in your older age when you had lost your sight you still greeted everyone so ...
Jessica Beekman
January 16, 2019
“To The Most Interesting Dog in The World....we salute you our furry friend, our greeter at the door, our eater of all things cheese, chaser of squirrels (you did get ONE after all) and deer keeping them from entering our house which seemed to be your concern, finder of all things soft and snuggly to lie on, discerner of character (watch out ...
Luke Driscoll
January 16, 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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 1453
Annapolis, MD 21404

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