Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$225
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
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 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 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 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, 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. Dawnetta

Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM

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, DVM, MPH

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, DVM

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.

About Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM

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

 

"This was our second time using Lap of Love. It is the most amazing service to offer to come to the home. It was peaceful and the anxiety level is very low for both animal and family. It is a sweet soft entrance into Heaven. Of course you cry and are sad but you are in your own space. The dignity she had when she took care of Bear was beautiful. I can’t thank her enough."

Marilyn Moresi
St louis, Missouri

"Dr. Morgan was simply the most gracious, kind, patient and caring person through the entire process. I recommend her and Lap of Love wholeheartedly to anyone and everyone who is remotely considering this service. I really did not want my sweet girl's last breath to be taken at the vet, a place she never liked to go in the first place. Having the last moment's of my sweet little Lucy's life be calm and peaceful, at home and in my arms, with myself and my partner telling her how much we love her and will miss her was the best gift we could give her as well as ourselves."

Angie Fulton
St. Louis, Missouri

"It is such an awful thing to have to make the decision to euthanize a pet. The people at Lap of Love made it the best experience it could be under the circumstances. All of the women who I talked to on the phone (I think 3 different ones) were just about the nicest people you could want to talk to. They were all very helpful, compassionate and understanding each time I called.

The vet, Dr. Keri Morgan, was also the sweetest and most caring person we could have asked for. She was so loving towards our dog and to us and made the whole process...(I want to say good, though it is hard to use that word in association with such sad thing).

It was so much better to do it at home as well because who would want their dog's last moments to be of a traumatizing visit to the vet clinic. Instead we were able to spend the last minutes outside in the sunny yard.

Again, for such a sad occasion, they really made it so much easier and I would recommend them to anyone who in in this kind of situation."


St Louis, Missouri

"On Christmas Eve, 2018, my sweet boy Ruyi’s body shut down. I knew it was coming for months, but his condition made even my most ardent denials untenable. I called Lap of Love and set an appointment for Christmas morning.

Dr. Morgan showed up at my door in the morning, as was as professional and kind as anyone could be, given the circumstances of having to work on a holiday.

It was a hard day - probably the hardest I’ve had - but Dr. Morgan was calm, loving, caring, and explained herself through every step of the process. She knew what I was going through, and her empathy was practiced; she felt my pain with every fiber of her being and it was sincere.

I wish these kind of experiences on no one, but they are inevitable. When they do finally come, you hope to get someone like Dr. Morgan, and I did. I will be forever grateful for her kindness and generosity.

Thank you,

Joseph Christy"

Joseph Christy
Webster Groves, Missouri

"Dr. Morgan made our last day with our wonderful companion, Rocco, the best it could be. We knew he was very ill, Dr. Morgan came to our home and evaluated the situation. She confirmed that Rocco was terminal and gave us all of the options. She was very compassionate and made the process as easy as it could have possibly been. I am a physician and deal with death and dying frequently. I would hope that I am as compassionate with my patients as Dr. Morgan was with us. I would rate Dr. Morgan and Lap of Love as a 10/10."

John Daniels
Town and country, Missouri

"I can't give enough thanks to Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff. From the moment she walked in until the moment she left, I don't think I could have asked for or pictured a better experience. I was already kind of nervous about this process because of a situation that I went through as a child with my dog. She quickly showed me that it would be nothing compared to what I have "thought" my whole life and for that I am more than grateful. My 9 year old wanted to be present so she did the best she could to help her as well. I'm just thankful I chose this route and not a more stressful experience for our bubs, Kane. She answered any questions I had, reassured me that I was making the right decision and that she wouldn't feel comfortable going through with anything if it wasn't clearly the right time to "set him free" as she says. I could honestly go on and on about her...but just know, with Lap of Love I'm sure I can speak for everyone in saying...families are in good hands and so are their beloved furry family members. Thanks again Dr. Dawnetta!"

Samantha Slater
SAINT LOUIS, Missouri

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
“We only had him a short time. A little over a year but we fell head over heels for him and loved him so. I think I kissed him and hugged him enough to last him until I see him again.”
Marilyn Moresi
January 17, 2019
“Lucy was a "Once in a Lifetime" cat for me. So petite and sweet, my girl never once got upset, she was always where I was and her purr was like the roar of jet engine at times! Towards the end, when she was deaf, her purr got even louder (along with her voice :-) and I called her Miss Purr Buckets. Her official nickname however was "Princess ...
Angie Fulton
January 10, 2019
“Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed ...
Jamie Flaugher
January 1, 2019
“Sasha was a great Black Mouth Cur Dog. She was queen bee in my house. Sasha loved the 15 acreas that Sasha and I lived on for most of her life. Sasha was very special to me and I would of gave up my life to save her if I could. Sasha helped me out a lot when my blood sugar dropped. Sasha was not trained to do anything but her instincts was to ...
Jess Kuhl
December 27, 2018
Payment Options

We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love'), credit card, 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
5640 B Telegraph Rd, #238
St. Louis, MO 63129

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

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