Kansas City & 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 walnut urn with an engraved nameplate 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 work.
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 by the crematory in their garden which is open to the public.
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 6am - 10pm. 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 grew up in Lee's Summit, Missouri, in a family that always had at least one dog, and frequently birds, fish, hamsters, and more. My parents are both animal lovers, so it was natural for me to grow up with a love and respect for our pets. A school project in sixth grade involving an article about a veterinarian who treated horses was my inspiration to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Shortly thereafter, witnessing a veterinarian successfully treating a horse for a bout of colic further reinforced my passion for helping animals.
When I was fourteen years old, my family acquired a nine-week-old female Boxer puppy we named Cookie. Cookie and I were virtually inseparable. She was my best friend, my study buddy, my walking partner, and more. I was fortunate to have Cookie in my life for more than fourteen years. In March of her fourteenth year, she was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma. I was devastated. How could this happen to us? Because of her age and other medical conditions, I decided that invasive surgery and chemotherapy would not be fair to her. Instead, we opted to keep her as happy and comfortable as possible. Six weeks after diagnosis, she began to experience abdominal pain that no longer responded to her medications. On a sunny Saturday morning in late April, I held Cookie in my arms while my boss gave her the gift of euthanasia that released her forever from her pain. Saying goodbye to her was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. Even after all these years, I still miss her terribly, but I am comforted by the fact that she did not suffer.
In 2005, I graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. I've had the privilege of working in a mixed-animal practice, treating not only dogs and cats, but also horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, rabbits, birds, rodents, and reptiles. I particularly enjoy soft-tissue and reconstructive surgery, oncology, equine medicine, and gerontology. I find particular satisfaction in helping senior pets and their people find options to make growing older easier. Having senior pets of my own, I'm constantly on the lookout for products and techniques to improve mobility and stability, as well as helping to maintain overall happiness.
I have always felt that one of the most important parts of being a veterinarian is helping people when it comes time to say goodbye to a beloved pet. There is something very special about sitting down with an individual or a family and honoring their animal in their own way while guiding them through the process of a peaceful death. It is truly an honor to be chosen to assist pets and their people in this most important experience.
My husband and I live on a farm outside a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. We have two Boxers, Shorty and Brasky, two French Bulldogs, Annie and Curie, Cats Tim and Lu, as well as six horses, an elderly mule, and two donkeys.
Suzanne Cosentino, DVM
"Dr. Suzanne was wonderful. She was very respectful and kind.
Letting Onyx go was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
Dr. Suzanne made a horribly difficult and stressful time, a little less so. Onyx left peacefully, in her own bed. I am so grateful to everyone at Lap of Love that she didn't have to spend her last moments being nervous and scared at the Vet's office."
Louie McVeyIndependence, Missouri
"I woke up one morning after a long night with my precious kitty and new that it was time to make the trip over the Rainbow Bridge. I did not want to stress Dharma, my faithful soul kitty of 16 years, by taking her to the vet.
I called Lap of Love and Camila assisted me, talked me through everything with such compassion. Dr. Suzanne called and notified me when she would be arriving. She was so kind and caring. She talked to me and let me share how special my Dharma was. She took her time and talked me through everything. As hard as it was she made everything so peaceful. Dharma drifted off to sleep with no pain with her arm over her favorite toy. I got to keep a clipping of her hair in a special container. Dr. Suzanne let me pick out which paw to take an imprint of. I am so grateful for her presence and for helping me. She gave me some time alone and then carried my sleeping angel out to her car tucked under a blanket in a little basket. Dr. Suzanne's kindness, compassion, and empathy is unparalleled. She even sent me a follow up e-mail to check in on me a few days later. I would recommend her services to anyone wanting a peaceful transition for their fur baby."
Kara EricksonKansas City, Kansas
"It was a tough day when you have say goodbye to your buddy of 14 1/2 Years. I couldn’t of imagine having to carry him into a clinic where he wouldn’t be comfortable. I was able to give him a very comfortable last day and leave this world with his friends and family in his home. I heard about Lap of Love's service through some friends and I couldn’t be more thankful. I highly recommended this very humane service it makes tough times a little easier.
Michael MathisKansas City, Missouri
"I am so grateful for Dr. Suzanne. What she does and did for us is incredibly brave and compassionate. She held space for me to tell her about Milo and his life and while I know every fur mom knows their babies are special, she honored just how special my little man was to me and Maya. Thanks so much for all that you do Dr. Suzanne!"
Molly McEachenKansas City, Kansas
"I wanted to write this before I let it be moved to a back burner. Dr. Suzanne just left my home and considering she was here for euthanizing my cherished dog, Trigger, she has a real gift. She was an incredible comfort for my family and my dog. I was a Hospice R.N. for almost 20 years so I have experience with end of life care and I can say without hesitation she is the best thing to happen to us under the circumstances. I am grateful for her existence. Thank you Dr. Suzanne."
Jeanne McMonigleKansas City, Missouri
"It was hard enough that Papo unexpectedly got so sick so fast. Within hours I was faced with making the hardest decision of my life. Thank God for Lap of Love. With no advance notice I contacted them and they kindly guided me thru the process and set a time when the vet wound arrive. Dr. Suzanne came and it was as if we’ve met before. She was so kind, sat down right next to me and Papo and spoke as if she was family. She treated me and Papo as family. The soft blanket she wrapped him in that said “Love and Dignity” was my favorite part. He looked so at peace for his last ride from home. This process is hard enough and I’m thankful I chose Lap of Love to help me give Papo the most respectful and dignified end to his life. It was the least I could do for all he’s done for me."
Angie BaratiKansas City, Missouri
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Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area, including Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Independence, Liberty, Grandview, and Harrisonville. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.
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 LoveP.O. Box 1481Lee's Summit, MO 64063