Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Euthanasia$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$235
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$270
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$305
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$135
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$170
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$205
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

Availability

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.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Suzanne

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.

 

About 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.

 

"I wanted to send a long overdue thank you for your help and support during what was one of the hardest things we have ever done. Dr. Suzanne was a godsend and made what seemed like an unbearable task a bit more manageable. Her compassionate approach and kind nature helped to put us, and Stella at ease before our last goodbyes."

Amy Nohl
Prairie Village, Kansas

"Dr. Suzanne was gentle and compassionate at a very difficult time. Making the decision to stop our beloved Buster from suffering was such a hard decision. Dr. Suzanne made us feel comfortable with our decision. It was a peaceful way to say goodbye to our furry friend in home where he felt comfortable. So glad we choose Lap of Love and Dr. Suzanne."

Terry Riepe
PLEASANT HILL, Missouri

"I could write a novel about my sweet angel Ace. At nearly 10 he had the personality of a much younger pup and people were often shocked when I would tell them his age. A true gentle giant, a lover of life and adventure. Always happy and never a bad day....until there were. Ace wasn't right and had suddenly dropped weight. Upon taking him to the vet we found out he was ate up with cancer. It had overtaken his spleen, lungs and had spread to his bones. He was struggling to breathe and he was scared.

I knew I had to let him go. The thought and pain of it was so scary to me. I can not write enough kind words about Lap of Love and Suzanne. Read all of the comments, she is amazing!!!!!!!!! I never in a million years thought I could feel so comfortable and comforted in such a situation. All I can say is thank you and that doesn't seem like enough."

Gina Murphy
Liberty, Missouri

"Obviously a very difficult and hard time for anyone, but having Dr. Cosentino come to our house to make it easier on Buster was the best thing we ever could have done for him. At the point of his passing he had been drug to the vet a few times and very unhappy with being moved anymore. She was also extremely comforting to my wife and I. She's very good at helping the families and pets with this difficult transition."


Grandview, Missouri

"Dr. Suzanne Cosentino was the most kind and gentle person in our time of need. I don't believe we could have been more comforted. The process was peaceful. Thank you so much for being there for us. I recommend Lap of Love to anyone."

Keith and Ramona Lathrop
Kansas City, Missouri

"Dr. Cosentino was so incredibly kind, gentle and loving. At no time did I feel she was “in a hurry” or just doing a job. Instead she asked about Licorice and told me stories about her fur-family. She was respectful, but not sad or depressing. I could tell that she truly loves all creatures, and she practices what she preaches—love them as long as you have them, and the final act of love is setting them free from suffering. She told us what she was doing in each step, and allowed me to try to be as close to my sweet girl as I could, until she flew away. I am so grateful for her kindness, gentleness and understanding. She truly was an answer to a prayer and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs an awesome vet."

Kathy Bond
Liberty, Missouri

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (816) 891-8888

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets Support Group, Kansas City

  (913) 642-9563

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park

  (913) 722-5566

VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center, Mission

  (816) 554-4990

Blue Pearl Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit

Pet Loss Support Group

  (816) 561-4466

Pet Grief Support Group, Kansas City

  (816) 960-4525

KC-Pet Loss Support Group, Kansas City

Service Area

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. 

Pet Memorials
“Buster was a great puppy. He loved working on bones, and chasing laser lights. He went crazy over over dry spaghetti. He was very attentive and sweet, following us from room to room when he could and just lying near us. He picked up on all our cues, anticipating treats and walks before us. The sweetest dog I've ever seen.”
February 2, 2019
“The most wonderful and truly loved pet left this world on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He was our best friend and he was always there for us. We loved him so much Rest in Peace, Baby Boy!”
Keith and Ramona Lathrop
January 29, 2019
“Licorice, and her brother Toffee were the sweetest little strays that God sent to me just when I needed them. Licorice outlived her brother by 5 years, and I like to hope that they are running and playing together again today in the forever-sunshine. I long for the day I will see them again.”
Kathy Bond
January 27, 2019
“How were you the last one of the litter? How was it that out of all the dogs that people picked no one picked you? You were the cutest. The best one. I feel so lucky that everyone else thought you were too quiet, too reserved, too small. You were our angel that’s why. Your love lifted us up when we were sad or lonely. You were always there, giving ...
Matt Brummett
January 18, 2019
Payment Options

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. 

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 1481
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

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