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
"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
"This was by far the hardest choice I've made in my entire life. So many emotions come with it. From feeling guilty and wondering if you are making the right choice to the overwhelming grief you feel with letting your beloved pet go. Dr. Suzanne was amazing every step of the way. She was so kind and gentle. I never felt rushed or pressured. She gave me all of the time I needed to be ready to let her go. She never once checked her watch or made me feel like I was taking too long. She sat on the floor next to me as I loved my girl for the very last time. I am forever thankful for her compassion. I would highly recommend Laps of Love and Dr. Suzanne to anyone having to go through this painful process. They were amazing."
Alyssa JacobsKansas City, Missouri
"I am so grateful to Dr. Suzanne for choosing to commit her life to helping pet lovers say goodbye to their beloved animals. It is always such a hard decision to make and having the option of inviting Suzanne into our home to make it a private and peaceful event was by far the best decision. She was so kind to our pets and so supportive of our feelings and wishes. I will be inviting her back to my home when we have to make end of life choices for our remaining cat. Thank you, Suzanne, it was such a pleasure to work with you during this difficult time."
Andrea HathawayPiper, Kansas
"There really are no words. Dr. Cosentino made this the best experience, considering the circumstances. I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, loving way to do this. I was so upset at the thought of doing this in a cold, sterile, strange exam room. Instead, he drifted off to sleep so peacefully, in my arms, in his home, surrounded by his toys, with his brother by his side. Dr. Cosentino was so patient and kind. She talked to Higgins. Took time to get to know him and he was completely relaxed having her here. He knew he was in good hands. She gave us private mourning time with him. Her demeanor was filled with so much compassion, empathy, reassurance.........and love! I will forever be thankful for her during such a horrible time. She handled every little detail so I could just focus on loving my puppy in those final moments. So unbelievably professional, yet it felt like she was a member of our family from the minute she walked in the door. Even following up with me to make sure I was doing Ok. Every staff member I dealt with that day was amazing. Each of them also reached out to me to express their condolences, their understanding and the offer to be there for anything that I might need. Thank you SO much, De. Cosentino. I'll never be able to thank you enough for helping me give him this last gift of my love."
Anne LewisKansas City, Missouri, Missouri
"We decided to use Lap of Love to say goodbye to our wonderful cat, Simon, in our home. Making the decision to say goodbye was one of the hardest things we have had to do but we could not have asked for a better person than Dr. Suzanne Cosentino to be there with us through the experience. She was professional and kept us informed of the process but did a great job relating to us and keeping the environment peaceful for Simon's last moments. She was genuine and kind. If you ever have the misfortune of needing her services, I highly recommend her."
Katelen SchnellOverland Park, Kansas
"We are so grateful for Dr. Suzanne. She was able to come out the same day that I called. She is very compassionate and professional. What a blessing to be able to say goodbye in the comfort of our home. The Lap of Love coordinator that I spoke with was also very helpful and caring. Thank you so much."
Becky WooldridgeKansas City, Missouri
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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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