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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us. In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge.
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 very gentle and showed so much compassion. I wouldn't have wanted anything other than Dr. Suzanne and Lap of Love."
Julie ChurchmanParkville, Missouri
"Dr. Suzanne was simply amazing. I struggled through the decision making but when she took over -- it was just meant to be. She was calming to the adults and Carly. The process to end Carly's life was as a journey that she managed with love, respect and dignity. I was not strong enough to be on the floor with Carly but my daughter was and Dr. Suzanne was on the floor and supported us. I looked at Carly once and her expression was peace --- thanks to Dr. Suzanne. Your presence was not measured in time but measured in care. It was a room full of care."
Dan WartickKansas City, Missouri
"I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Suzanne. I cannot even begin to say how grateful we were that it was her that was here with us and with Sketch. So caring and understanding, she was not in a hurry at all, she answered any questions, she was so sympathetic, she was just a great blessing!"
Tiffany HallmonIndependence, Missouri
"Dr. Cosentino provided a caring, compassionate experience for me during this very difficult time. She treated AJ as if he were one of her own family. Though this was a hard decision to make, I know that it was right and compassionate. She really echoed that sentiment as we talked through the process. Though these are tough decisions to make, I would bring her back to my home without hesitation to walk through this process with any of our furbabies."
Scot KoehlerKansas City, Missouri
"Dr. Suzanne made this process easier. She was reassuring that we were doing what was best for Max. She was gentle and caring with him and with us. We are both very grateful."
Breanna FoutesGladstone, Missouri
"I simply didn't know what to expect. I mean, I googled. I read. I fretted, googled and read more. None of that mattered because I still had no idea. Dr. Suzanne called when on her way, asking me if I had any questions or concerns. When she arrived, she saw Ozzy suffering and sat right down on the floor to be eye level with him. She talked to him while she looked him over, and talked to me from there. She made him comfortable and he finally got to have some peace. Dr. Suzanne cried with me, consoled Bella and honestly was exactly the human I needed at that moment. She even checked on me and Bella the next day. I can't recommend her strongly enough."
Kansas City, 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.
To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.
We also accept Care Credit.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 1481Lee's Summit, MO 64063