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.
Suzanne Cosentino, DVM
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.
"Dr. Suzanne is a God-send to anyone facing the difficult decision to say goodbye to a pet. She is compassionate, professional, and caring. Dr. Suzanne was gentle in everything she did and said. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her. "Thank you" does not begin to encompass everything she did for our family.
Also, Carrie was wonderful over the phone as well. She was patient and caring and talked me through everything the evening prior to Monday's passing."
Anna HazenKansas City, Missouri
"I never imagined anything could make the decision to put my sweet kitty to sleep less painful, but Lap of Love was absolutely amazing. They took the time to call and explain everything, while being extremely kind and comforting. The day of, Suzanne was absolutely amazing. She explained everything, sat with me, talked to me, and honestly made the whole experience more manageable than I ever thought it could possibly be. I would recommend these services for anyone having to make these hard decisions because they are amazing. I feel lucky and extremely thankful for all they did for me."
Christina BradleyKansas City, Missouri
"In a letter I wrote to Dr Suzanne, I told her that I was not sure she was human. It felt as if she had been a guardian angel watching over us for years, who came to us when it was time for Stewart to make his journey. I really felt like she had known us for years and really understood what we needed to get through this.
Her compassion and dedication to our family during this experience was unlike anything I had ever known.
The main thing we wanted was for him not to spend his last moments on earth in fear at a vets office, which traumatized him every time we went. I can't begin to put in to words how relieved and comforted we were by having Dr Suzanne help him with his journey here in the home he knew, surrounded by the people he loved and trusted and adored him endlessly. It was truly a beautiful goodbye. He was not afraid and never showed any signs of pain or discomfort. We are so grateful to have had her here to guide us all through such an emotional time. Thank you Dr Suzanne!"
AnneMarie McLaughlinLee's Summit, Missouri
"Dr. Suzanne was absolutely amazing, she helped our little girl pass peacefully and pain free. I wouldn't change a thing with our experience and will forever be grateful to Dr. Suzanne."
Amanda and Abbie WestOverland park, Kansas
"Many thanks to Lap of Love. An hour after I submitted the form, I got a call from a wonderful woman named Donna...even though it was Thanksgiving night. She was caring, compassionate, and helped us make all the arrangements for the next morning. I then got a follow-up email from her.
Dr Suzanne Cosentino was incredible and helped us through every step Tucker passed peacefully, on our bed, with us and 2 tennis balls by his side. Suzanne really reassured us, and helped us through every step.
I am so thankful there is a place like Lap of Love."
Beth BertochKansas City, Missouri
"Dr. Cosentino was so kind to myself and Lady. Very respectful and compassionate at one of life's most difficult times.
Letting go of Lady was so hard, Dr. Cosentino truly was an angel and I am so grateful for her.
It is hard to tell you how much you being there meant, thank you!"
Doug LindemanIndependence, Missouri
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets Support Group, Kansas City
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park
VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center, Mission
Blue Pearl Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit
Pet Grief Support Group, Kansas City
KC-Pet Loss Support Group, Kansas City
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