PRICING AND INFORMATION


APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$275

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$275

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$225
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cherry wooden urn with an engraved tag 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 you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$100
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$150
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$200

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 a pond in the country.

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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

Dr. Dawnetta

Dawnetta Woodruff

From the age of 7, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up on a farm, our family had many dogs and cats - but as with most animal lovers, there is frequently one that touches your heart more than the rest. For me, that one was Whitey, my Great Pyrenees. She was by my side every day as I did chores at the barn, as I played outside, and even as I waited at the bus stop. She was a gentle soul, and always seemed to sense my mood. When I was happy she wanted to play, when I was sad she would sit with her head in my lap giving me comfort and companionship - but when I moved away to college, Whitey got sick. My parents called to tell me that Whitey may not be able to hang on until I returned home. I went home that weekend to see her one last time, and I felt blessed that during Whitey's last minutes, we were both at home and she was able to lay her head in my lap and pass away with dignity and in peace.

During my career as a veterinarian, I have worked in a mixed animal hospital, in an emergency clinic, and in a small animal hospital. The experiences have been very different, however my favorite aspect of the job remains the same; I love interacting with clients and witnessing the bond that they have with their pets. A pet loves unconditionally and brings joy to the family. I believe it is the same kind of unconditional love that allows us, as veterinarians and pet owners, to make the difficult decision of when to say goodbye to our beloved companions.

We are never truly ready to let go, and euthanasia is never an easy decision - however a familiar, comfortable environment can make the process less stressful and more peaceful for everyone. My hope is that I can provide a listening ear, professional advice, and a compassionate experience for you and your pet when the time comes to say goodbye and allow them move on to a better place.

 

Photo Courtesy of St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

Dr. Keri

Keri Morgan

As a small child, I spent most summer days convincing my friends to help me scour the neighborhood to find and save all of the fuzzy caterpillars.  No matter the species, every animal I saw had a special place in my heart.  My first pet was a cute, white rabbit I craftily acquired for “free” on Easter Day when my parents were conveniently out of town.  Before too long, I got an additional rabbit friend by presenting a well-thought-out PowerPoint on why rabbits need companions.  In addition to rabbits, we had three wonderful cats.  Naturally, in my mind the next project was a dog.  In middle school, my family adopted a Collie named Charlie from an animal rescue.  Charlie was found abandoned on the side of the highway with two other puppies.  Despite his tough beginnings, Charlie was a patient, gentle dog that touched everyone in my family.  Unfortunately, Charlie’s last day with my family was abrupt.  My dad and I rushed him to the emergency room one night for respiratory distress, but he was never able to recover.  Even though the end to Charlie’s life was difficult, I will forever cherish the bond we shared.

As a pet owner and a veterinarian, I understand how leaving the comfortable, safe home environment lends a level of anxiety for most pets. During my time at Mizzou Veterinary Medical School, I focused my interest on animal behavior.  In my final year, I become Fear-Free certified so that I could minimize the stress of every animal I treated.  Working for Lap of Love, the anxiety of leaving the house is eliminated.  With gentle handling, I can focus on every pet’s individual needs, whether that is making the last months comfortable or making those final moments as peaceful as possible.

Very early in life, I learned the value of the human-animal bond.  Rabbit, cat, dog – the connection we make with each of our pets is unique and special.  I am honored to work with a group of veterinarians with so much care for each and every life.

Dr. Carrie

Carrie Roberts

I wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age and consider myself lucky to have grown up in a family of medical professionals. My parents helped me nurse several injured animals (wild and domestic) back to health throughout my childhood. It was incredibly rewarding to watch those animals thrive, and it solidified my decision to pursue veterinary medicine. 
 
Our family dog was an amazing Labrador named Shadow. She was an incredibly smart and loving dog. She was our shadow, always following us around to be part of our activities. She seemed to be able to sense and react to human emotions in a very special way, which made me feel even closer to her. When she fell ill suddenly, we were devastated. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and we were informed that surgery would not extend her life. We made the difficult decision that day to let her pass peacefully. It was incredibly painful to lose her, but I am thankful that she didn’t have to suffer. I will always be grateful for the time that we shared and all of the wonderful memories of Shadow that I keep close to my heart. 
 
I grew up on the West Coast, and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Since graduation, I have worked in small animal practices caring for dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rodents, and other small pets. I especially enjoy working with senior pets and assisting them with their unique needs. I recognize that a lot of pets are fearful upon entering a veterinary hospital and assisting with end of life care surrounded by their family with treats, toys, blankets can ease their distress.
 
I consider it a privilege to work with pets in the comfort of their own home. I enjoy hearing stories about each pet and how they have touched the hearts of their loving owners. The human-animal bond is truly beautiful and special. Helping pets pass peacefully is one way I can help honor that bond. 

My husband and recently moved to the St. Louis area with our four cats: JB, Wyatt, Izzy and Baker. We enjoy volunteering with rescue organizations to help find forever homes for pets.

Dr. Christina

Christina Scudder

Since I was a child, I remember my mom telling stories of my grandfather’s veterinary practice and his compassion for animals in need. My parents soon recognized that same compassion in me and encouraged me to pursue my dream of following in his footsteps. Growing up around a small farm in northeast Missouri, I was able to experience firsthand the joy of sharing life with a variety of animals. My first love was a Quarter horse named Babe, who was my partner in crime, shoulder to cry on, and a little horse-crazy girl’s dream come true. She always greeted me with a nicker, especially if I came bearing treats. From her, I learned patience, perseverance, and above all, the power of the human-animal bond. 

The discovery of the impact of the human-animal bond made me determined to acquire the necessary skills to help others nurture and sustain that bond with their own pets. This determination to become a skilled and caring veterinarian led me to graduate in the top of my class from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. 

Just weeks before graduation as a veterinarian, I suffered from sudden heart failure secondary to a previously undiagnosed adrenal tumor. An amazing team of doctors and a major surgery allowed me to walk across the stage and fulfill my dream, but the weeks of recovery to follow gave me time to reflect on my experiences and also a newfound empathy for pets suffering from similar chronic conditions.

Several months after graduation, I entered general practice in the St. Louis area with the goal of helping pets to live full and happy lives with the owners that love them. It was here that I first discovered my interest in end-of-life care. Watching families say goodbye to their scared and confused companions in an unfamiliar environment broke my heart, and I tried my utmost to improve the experience for those families when I could. When I discovered Lap of Love, I knew I had found the perfect way for me to help those families make their pets’ last moments as comfortable and loving as possible. Our bonds with our pets have a profound impact on our lives, and I strive every day to preserve that bond, especially throughout the difficult decision of saying goodbye.

About Dawnetta Woodruff

From the age of 7, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up on a farm, our family had many dogs and cats - but as with most animal lovers, there is frequently one that touches your heart more than the rest. For me, that one was Whitey, my Great Pyrenees. She was by my side every day as I did chores at the barn, as I played outside, and even as I waited at the bus stop. She was a gentle soul, and always seemed to sense my mood. When I was happy she wanted to play, when I was sad she would sit with her head in my lap giving me comfort and companionship - but when I moved away to college, Whitey got sick. My parents called to tell me that Whitey may not be able to hang on until I returned home. I went home that weekend to see her one last time, and I felt blessed that during Whitey's last minutes, we were both at home and she was able to lay her head in my lap and pass away with dignity and in peace.

During my career as a veterinarian, I have worked in a mixed animal hospital, in an emergency clinic, and in a small animal hospital. The experiences have been very different, however my favorite aspect of the job remains the same; I love interacting with clients and witnessing the bond that they have with their pets. A pet loves unconditionally and brings joy to the family. I believe it is the same kind of unconditional love that allows us, as veterinarians and pet owners, to make the difficult decision of when to say goodbye to our beloved companions.

We are never truly ready to let go, and euthanasia is never an easy decision - however a familiar, comfortable environment can make the process less stressful and more peaceful for everyone. My hope is that I can provide a listening ear, professional advice, and a compassionate experience for you and your pet when the time comes to say goodbye and allow them move on to a better place.

 

Photo Courtesy of St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

"Lap of Love was amazing during this difficult time, from my initial call to the follow up after Leo had passed. No one wants to have to make the decision, but after using Lap of Love, I can’t imagine doing this any other way. Dr. Keri was the best. I appreciate everything that she did."

Michelle Mendonsa
Belleville, Illinois

"Dr. Keri was such a comfort to us in assisting with Mindy's last minutes and her passing. She was professional, compassionate, and very kind. Dr. Keri listened to us, gave us needed private time to say goodbye, and treated Mindy with loving care. I am so grateful to her care in this challenging moment for our family. I wholeheartedly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Keri for anyone facing a beloved pet's transition."

Carol Trissell
St. Louis, Missouri

"Dr. Kerri Morgan assisted us. She was so patient and compassionate. Her attention to our needs and wants and our stories of Samspon was remarkable. I would highly recommend her for this difficult process and decision. She assured us that we were making the right choice. She even made an extra paw print for the previous owner without us even asking. This was one of the hardest things we had to do. Her use of tender terminology and care meant everything. Thank you so much Dr. Kerri! Samson is at peace but will always be missed by so many."

Mica and Rigo Curiel
Belleville, Illinois

"On this extremely difficult day, we met an angel named Dr. Dawnetta. She came to our home to help our beloved Bailey to peacefully leave his earthly existence. Being able to hold Bailey in my arms while Dr. Dawnetta gently administered a sedative and being able to constantly kiss his forehead and whisper over and over how much I loved him before he drifted off to eternal sleep was extremely comforting. Bailey was in his home with its familiar smells and sounds versus a vet hospital.

Thank you Dr. Dawnetta for your compassion and tender touch.

Cindi Tedesco

St. Charles MO"

Cindi Tedesco
St. Charles, Missouri

"Dr. Morgan was awesome. Very kind and heart-warming towards what was going on, knowing how tough it is. She asked about Trina and just sympathetic."

Michael Bauer
Saint Louis, Missouri

"I can't say enough good things about Lap of Love and Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff. I first contacted Lap of Love about Lexi, my 13 year old labradoodle who was diagnosed with cancer at the end of April - Dr. Woodruff was so helpful to us when we got Lexi's diagnosis, and we had mentally been preparing to say goodbye to Lexi, so it was a bit of a shock when our 14 year old labradoodle, Doobee, took a turn for the worse unexpectedly right before the 4th of July. I contacted Dr. Woodruff about Doobee via email and she responded right away - Dr. Woodruff had so much compassion and understanding for what we were going through. She was at our home the next morning, and we all sat on the floor with Doobee as we said our goodbyes. Dr. Woodruff explained each step of the process, made sure we understood and that we were ready to proceed. After Doobee had passed, she brought in a stretcher with a blanket and we all helped move him onto the stretcher. Dr. Woodruff lovingly wrapped him in the blanket and we helped carry him to the car. It was a very rough day for us, but having Dr. Woodruff come to the house and help Doobee cross the Rainbow Bridge at home on his favorite bed, make the memories of this day better. When Lexi's time comes, in the not so distant future, Dr. Woodruff will be with us again as we say our goodbyes."

Marietta Miller
Highland, Illinois

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (314) 822-7600

St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic South (Big Bend & 141)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 240-5496

St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic O'Fallon

Emergency Clinic

  (314) 739-1510

St Louis: Associated Veterinary Specialists (Bridgeton)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 536-4991

St Louis: Midwest Veterinary Referral Clinic (Chesterfield)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 227-9400

St Louis: Veterinary Specialty Services (Manchester)

Emergency Clinic

  (618) 346-1843

Illinois: Animal Emergency Center (Collinsville)

  (314) 608-6150

Christine Corrigan Mendez, M.Ed., PLPC

  (314) 602-1854

Allison White (licensed social worker)

Baue Pet Services - grief class & pet loss support group

  (636) 284-4747

Paws Forever Pet Loss Support Group

Forever In My Heart Pet Loss Group - Franklin Co Humane Society

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving the St. Louis / St. Louis Metro areas including:
Affton, Arnold, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clayton, Fenton, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Lemay, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, Oakville, St Louis City, Sunset Hills, Town & Country, University City, Valley Park 
 
Proudly serving the IL / Metro East areas including: 
Belleville, Columbia, Dupo, Fairview Heights, Millstadt, Swansea, Waterloo

Extended MO Travel Areas (additional $50 charge applies to these areas):
Defiance, Ferguson, Florissant, Hazelwood, High Ridge, House Springs, Lake St Louis, O’Fallon, Pacific, Spanish Lake, St. Ann, St. Charles, St. Peters, Wentzville, Wildwood
 
Extended IL Travel Areas (additional $50 charge applies to these areas):
Caseyville, Collinsville, Granite City, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Mascoutah
Pet Memorials
“My loving and gentle friend. We miss you so much!”
Carol Trissell
July 19, 2019
“I decided living by myself to get a little bit of an older dog since they don't get adopted as much. So I got a very laid back pit mix who was 7 years old right after Thanksgiving. She was stubborn and had to be bribed to leave her bed when I first met her at the shelter.
She was extremely serene dog who didn't show much emotion, didn't run, ...
Michael Bauer
July 16, 2019
“Maggie,
Where do I begin to tell you how much you meant to our family? I remember when I saw your picture in the album of adoptable pets, I thought you were so cute! I had no idea of what you had been through already in your life. I'm thankful to the group that rescued you and found homes for all of your babies and we were the lucky ones who ...
Kim Foster
July 10, 2019
“Brancusi was a trained young dog when he came into my husband's home as a young dog from the Bouvier breeder. Not much after that, my husband's wife developed ovarian cancer and over the next few years fighting that she died. Our boy Brancusi was a bit neglected and confused due to this and therefore did not have a focused introduction to the ...
Brancusi Judge
June 27, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 344
Waterloo, Missouri 63129

IN THE NEWS
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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff.

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