Columbia & Surrounding Areas
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 wooden urn with flower engraving and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 on a farm in Greenville.
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.
Katie Gies, DVM
Growing up in Concord, NC, my family always had many animals and they have been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my pets have been my best friends both as a child and as an adult. As a child, I was especially influenced by the care and concern that a local ER had for my family and our pets and decided that was the path that I wanted to follow as I entered college and began to seek a lifelong career. I attended the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006.
I am especially personally invested in caring for animals in their greatest times of need - when they have a crisis or in their final moments. This is why I have spent the last 10 years almost exclusively in emergency medicine and why I am now working with Lap of Love as well to offer home euthanasia and hospice care. As an emergency veterinarian, I often get asked the question, "How can you do this job?", particularly in reference to the higher numbers of euthanasias that we are called upon to do. Though it can be challenging at times, I feel that helping our pets in their highest times of stress or pain is the best service I can offer to them and their families; whether that be to provide them healing and relief or to help them pass without pain and with dignity.
I experienced the role that hospice can play in end of life care with the passing of my own mother several years ago. Through that difficult time, I came to understand that losing our pets can be every bit as emotionally difficult as losing a close family member. This realization, which was very surprising to me at the time, has deepened my empathy with clients and their pets during this most important and most difficult time in the pet and family relationship. My goal is to provide both pet and family with a compassionate, calm and painless experience which will serve as a comforting memory.
"I know this is not a "typical" testimonal. But it has taken me this long to be able to bring this to your website. This a letter to my sweet Nikki Mae, who went to the bridge six months ago today. God bless and thank you Lap of Love for helping me and my Nikki with her final journey. Dr. Katie Gies is an angel.
Six months ago I held you in my arms for the last time. I kissed your face. I brushed your hair. I talked to you and told you so many things. You were so quiet. You were so peaceful. I knew that it was time. Dr Katie gave you an injection so you would relax. You started dozing off. I remember you were snoring. So cute. I told Dr. Katie that we were ready. I held you tight and she gave you another injection. I felt your last breath. I felt your last heartbeat. Your body went limp. I told you how much I love you and for you to go ahead and cross the bridge. I know there were many animals and people waiting to see you. I told you to not be scared, that it was okay to go without me. I told you I love you and that I would see you later. I held you for just a little while longer. I called Dr. Katie back in. It was time to let your physical body go. Dr. Katie had the sweetest little basket to put you in, and a blanket to cover you up. She did not cover your face. I thought that was nice. I asked her if I could carry you down the stairs and put you in her car. She said I could. It was the last time I would carry you down those steps. She let me put you in the front seat. I put my hand to your face to close your eyes. I closed the car door and Dr. Katie gave me a hug. We said our goodbyes and Dr. Katie drove away with you. I watched until her car was out of sight. I looked up at the sky. It was a perfect sunny day. No clouds. Just blue skies.
Helping you cross the bridge was both the best and worst day of my life. I always promised you that I would be with you when that time came. But my soul died when you did my love.
I hope you are happy. I hope you are running and playing and being my silly girl.
I love you so so much Nikki.
Be a good girl and please come visit soon.
8-15-02 - 6-14-16"
Lisa BallColumbia, S. Carolina
"Thank you, Katie. You helped our beloved cat have the most peaceful end possible, in the comfort of his home and without pain. I will grieve for a long time, but the one thing I have no regrets about is having you come to our home to give him a peaceful and loving end. It was far less traumatic than having his last hour on this earth be full of the fear and stress associated with going to the vet's office."
Nancy BowersLexington, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie Gies made a difficult task bearable. Salt passed peacefully at home knowing he was loved."
Eva TurnerWest Columbia, S. Carolina
"Dr. Katie went out of her way to help us in a time of great need. She was incredibly supportive and caring, as well as professional, during an obviously very difficult time.
I have no hesitation recommending her and would absolutely request her specifically again."
Courtney LColumbia, S. Carolina
"I am so grateful that I found Lap of Love online. A rep called the same day I sent contact information. Dr. Katie Gies called me soon after and even offered to come immediately if I dealt my sweet Sally, a chihuahua, was suffering as she struggled with congestive heart failure and mast cell cancer. I decided to attempt to allow two days for goodbyes. Dr. Katie treated us as if she'd known Sally her entire life. She handled Sally - and me - with the utmost respect and kindness. We had Sally cremated and Dr. Katie made sure we received her here at home instead of having to pick up at vet office. Kind e-mails and cards followed. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Katie Gies."
Angela WilliamsWest Columbia, S. Carolina
"I cannot recommend Dr. Katie Gies enough. No one is more fit to be beside pet parents when it is time to put down a beloved pet. The thought of moving my senior golden, Maggie, from her comfortable spot at home gave me a great deal of anxiety and would have caused her additional pain. It was truly a blessing to be able to, with Lap of Love's assistance, allow her to fall asleep in the living room just as she did every night. Dr. Gies' professionalism and empathy was evident from the moment she walked through the door of my home. Her instructions and explanations throughout the process helped a great deal. My golden was so comfortable around Dr. Gies, and that put me at ease, too. In the days after Maggie's passing, Dr. Gies wrote a kind memorial about her, an email, and mailed a kind sympathy note, along with my dog's cremation certificate. From the first time I called Lap of Love, through the procedure, and in the days after, I felt that I had the assistance and support of an organization and a vet who understands and appreciates the grief pet owners and their families experience. I've already recommended Dr. Gies and Lap of Love to friends with senior dogs and will continue to do so."
B. HinsonColumbia, S. Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Support Group, Goose Creek
South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, Columbia
Palmetto Regional Emergency Hospital for Animals, Columbia
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serve the Columbia area and surrounding counties. A drive fee of $30-$75 may be assessed based on the distance travelled by our veterinarian. Please call for details.
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 292233Columbia, SC 29229