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 veterinarians in your area.
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.
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
Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA
"Dr. Rachel gave me and Ringo many gifts, The gift of Listening - hearing our long struggle and the gift of Rest for my baby. And the greatest gift of Peace in our hearts and memories of happy times of a Big Life! She is like an angel!"
Cindy AquinoBaltimore, Maryland
"Thank you to Dr. Rachel for being an angel on earth and helping MaxCat pass over to the other side with love and peacefully. I knew MaxCat was in good hands and he received the best and most compassionate care. She also was able to put me at ease during one of the worst times of my life. She was amazing."
Jen GAnnapolis, Maryland
"I just want to thank Dr. Rachel. Your compassion and kindness made a horrible time a lot easier to bear. Thank you so much for helping to remove the guilt. I think that is the hardest thing to bear. Even though you know that its time - making that call is so hard. Also, being able to keep Grizzly at home and in his comfort zone made it all so much more easier to bear. Grizzly was relaxed and the whole family was able to be together which was really nice. Thank you again Dr. Rachel."
Nancy KreisMillersville, Maryland
"The day that you lose a family member pet is never a good day, but Dr. Rachel was so empathetic and genuine that she eased our pain. It was comforting to keep our little guy at home where he belonged until the end. I can't Thank her enough for her loving care and service that she provides."
Donna RaganEdgewater, Maryland
"Dr. Rachel couldn’t have been more perfect. The minute she walked up, sat on the grass and started stroking Billy we knew we were in good hands. She said all the right things at exactly the right time. The Hughes family wants to thank you for your professionalism your kind thoughts and words and your caring nature.
We were skeptical at first calling a national service but were more than pleasantly surprised at the caring. From the phone call to the service, they were people that genuinely care for your pet and your emotions.
Thank you Lap of Love and especially Dr. Rachel for treating Billy like your own and giving us a tender service.
Jeff, Tricia, Megan, Devin and Billy."
Jeff HughesPasadena, Maryland
"Thank you Dr. Rachel for your kindness and your gift of time and for letting us keep Pip in a safe place (and consequently US in a safe pace too). Being able to be with him at home was such a gift to him and us.
Here are some other things I appreciated in hindsight.
The call to let us know you were coming.
Knocking on the door instead of ringing the bell.
Not being in a hurry and listening to our stories about Pip
Being so accepting and loving about our tears.
Letting us know what to prepare for.
The follow up call to our Vet so we didn't have too.
Loving Pip, too.
It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved fur-kid, but I am so thankful that Pip was allowed to go with Pug dignity and without being anxious. Held by the two people who loved him the most in this world. Thank you for being a part of that time."
Glennyce GrindstaffBeltsville, Maryland
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Annapolis
(410) 833-8848 x219
Baltimore Humane Society
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-$100 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"