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.
"We said goodbye to our sweet girl today. Suzanne was so kind and compassionate. It was so incredibly hard but i couldnt have asked for a more peaceful experience for her or I. Lola went to sleep in my arms at home. There was no anxiety or pain. William (our other Shih tzu) got to say goodbye too. We will miss you dearly Lola. You were a member of the family and the best dog ever. You loved to cuddle, play and go on walks. I dont believe living life in a cone was a quality life for you. We tried everything we could to help you and make you comfortable, but nothing worked.
I know that Zoey will miss playing with you. She loved you.
Now you can run free in doggie heaven. There are no cones in heaven.😢😢😙😙❤️❤️"
Melissa ZadowOverland Park, Kansas
"Thank goodness for Suzanne and all the folks at lap of love. I hope to both write a positive testimonial as well as catch the eye of those out there that may be struggling with the whirlwind of emotions. I've gone through the process before at the vet with individual dogs. That feeling of betrayal and having the past anxiety your dog time and time again from visiting the vet rewarded, with this last visit. This service removes all of those emotions and you have control over the whole visit at home. This time I had two dogs. A bounded pair of pugs. This service will give you additional tools to make your decision. However, ultimately, the decision will be yours to make. Maybe you are like me and have your dogs just age to a point where their bodies could not keep step with their spirit. Just know that when you do make you mind up, you have complete control with this service. For your pet its as if you are opening a door for your loved one to walk through. So at some point you have to do what’s best for YOU I say directly. I can't say your heart won’t be a mess. When we began the process, I felt my heart tearing down the middle so I choose to say my final good byes as my dogs slept next to me on the couch. I did not stay for the final and I think it saved me. Again you are free to make up your own itinerary, but what helped me keep it together during the visit was I wanted to be strong for Suzanne. She does this every day and did not see my dogs run so fast I could not catch them or jump on my bed and wake me up at all times of the night. Lastly, my next loved ones are out there waiting for me. I was so depressed after my first dog, it was months before I welcomed Zeus and Poseidon in my life. Later I regretted so much that I waited so long! This smooths out the circle of life such that we can get back out there and meet the future ones who are waiting to meet us!"
Sam HillOverland Park, Kansas
"Knowledgable Care and a Compassionate transition- My beloved pet was cared for with an immense amount of dignity and care. The methods used to help my pet transition were implemented with expert veterinary skills and a deeply compassionate heart. My family is very grateful for Dr. Suzanne's care of my Skipper."
Caroline PoolerKansas City, Missouri
"Dr. Suzanne was a blessing. She was kind, gentle, sweet, loving and wonderful with us and our girl. She could tell me were losing not just a dog, but our light. She guided us through it with love and professionalism. I knew my girl would be well taken care of and she was. She was back home with us in less than 24 hours. We highly recommend this service. To be able to keep our girl comfortable at home was the greatest gift of all. Thank you Dr. Suzanne for everything."
Maureen and Ron HallOlathe, Kansas
"When the time comes and you must make one of the
most difficult decisions in your life, please consider
using Suzanne Cosentino, DVM and her
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc.
She was very soothing to my wonderful best friend,
letting us take our time to say goodbye and being as kind
and gentle as we could have hoped for.
It was one of the most difficult days of our lives and
she certainly made a big difference for us."
Mike & Tina CampbellIndependence, Missouri
"Suzanne was tender and kind, yet professional. We did not feel rushed. She is just what we needed at a highly sensitive time. My Pie gave me 19 beautiful years. He deserved to die with dignity, at home."
Jennifer Janeskokansas city, Kansas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park
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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