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 7am-9pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 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. 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

 

"Our baby girl, Trixie, was not quite 2 years old when her life ended after a long battle of chronic illness. I am a veterinarian and chose Lap of Love because of their reputation and ability to provide in-home services for our family. The service we received was beyond anything I could have imagined. From the caring, compassionate people listening to Trixie's story and helping to plan what was best for her, to the actual euthanasia...everyone was amazing. Dr. Chris Scudder came to our home and helped ease Trixie's pain and suffering in a calm, caring, compassionate, professional way. Trixie ate her favorite snacks, received a sedative, and relaxed while being snuggled until the end. I cannot say enough about Lap of Love and Dr. Chris Scudder. It was so nice to be able to rely on these wonderful people in such a time of turmoil."

Mylissa & Matt Hites & Kelly
St. Peters, Missouri

"Our 13-year-old standard poodle, Wallace, began a long slow decline over the last year. The last month was more frequent trips to the vet. The day she passed, I came home from work in the afternoon to find she could not stand. I knew right then she was in great pain and it was time to help her pass. My vet was busy but recommended Lap Of Love. Mercifully, they were available at the last moment to come help Wallace be free of pain.

I was amazed at how thoughtful and warm the arriving vet, Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff, was. She gave us plenty of opportunity to say our goodbyes, made claw casts of Wallace's paw, and in all made the whole process so much more family oriented than a trip to the vet office would have been. I wince at the thought of how stressful Wallace's final moments could have been had we not contacted Lap Of Love.

Thank you!"

Daniel Roberts
St. Louis, Missouri

"This is WAY overdue, but I knew this would be hard to write and I procrastinated. It’s been two months to the day since Dr. Morgan came to our home to help us with Jake, and it’s time. I’m sorry it took so long. I really can’t say enough about Lap of Love. What a wonderful group of people! I talked to 3 people on the phone, and all 3 were so caring and compassionate. Perfect. All three knew the right questions to ask and the right way to ask them. They listened so, so well! I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank-you, dear people!! Dr. Keri Morgan had such an easy going demeanor. I could tell I liked her even before she got into our door. You know how it is, sometimes you just know with people. She did everything well - everything. From how well she listened and how calm she was, to how wonderfully gentle she was with Jake (and us) during Jake’s last moments. She reassured us. She reassured him. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and patiently, and knew what advice and knowledge to share with us to comfort us and ease our minds. The entire process was peaceful. Relaxed. Comforting. Gentle. Loving. We’ve done the vet’s office route 3 times, and although it has it’s place, we just couldn’t do that again. This was perfect. I can’t say it was wonderful, but that’s no reflection on Dr. Morgan. Losing our dear friend and companion can’t in any way be described as anything less than horrible. But Lap of Love and Dr. Morgan made it so much "less horrible" than the other three times. It was exactly as we pictured it - Jake was sleeping comfortably on the sofa, exactly where he spent so much time watching tv or napping with one or both of us. He got to say hi to Dr. Morgan, and he fell back asleep. He was relaxed and comfortable, and was surrounded by love. When we were ready, she helped him relax even more, and then…DARN this is hard to write! When we gave her the ok to take the final step, we knew Jake was finally out of any discomfort, free from any pain, and knew he would worry no more. Losing a part of your soul is never easy. But Lap of Love, their incredible team, and especially Dr. Keri Morgan, eased our minds and our pain while helping Jake, and I can’t thank them enough."

Judy Reynolds
Florissant, Missouri

"Thank you Dr. Chris. You were kind and gentle during a very difficult time. The service you provide makes it a more private way to say good-bye."

Joyce Pluhar
Webster Groves, Missouri

"Dr. Lindsey Wittmeyer was an angel! We could not have asked for a more tender-hearted, understanding, patient, but skilled vet to tend to our sweet girl and help us through it. We are so grateful to have found her."

Jill Marchant
Kansas City, Missouri

"I first heard of Lap of Love from my daughter. She used the service for the family cat last year and I was touched when she shared the experience with me.

I called on Lap of Love twice in the last week, once for my sweet 15 year old Border Collie Nae Nae then a week later for our 10 year old Pit bull, Luna.

We are never prepared to let go of someone we love so much, but love let's us know when their quality of life is waning and we unselfishly let them go.

I feel very blessed that Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff was the angel that eased their release and comforted my sorrow. She listened to everything I told her about my dogs and answered every question I had. I told her that her compassion was palpable. I will never forget her."

Judy H
St. 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
“Trixie never did ANYTHING half-way, for better or worse. She had an energy and joy for life which she shared with everyone. She was incredibly loving, playful, and feisty to say the least. I have never seen a kitten move so fast in my life. Hide and seek was an everyday game where she would purr like crazy once you found her (always in a new ...
Mylissa & Matt Hites & Kelly
September 16, 2019
“Josie was the fluffy white glue that bonded our new little family together 17 years ago. We are now learning to be a family without her. She was smart, well-mannered, sweet, cuddly, and cute as ever. She was the 4th child. She loved our life in the suburbs of KS, on our little farm in KY, and in our high rise condo in midtown Kansas City! She ...
Jill Marchant
September 6, 2019
“Taz was honestly a perfect fit for me. Like a jigsaw piece, he inserted himself into my life and fit flawlessly. Now that he is gone, I feel like a puzzle with a missing piece. Now that he is gone, there is a gaping hole where he once was. My fiancé and I are homebodies, Taz was too. He was content to just stay home with us, cuddle, and watch us ...
Amanda Steffey
September 3, 2019
“Run free my sweet boy. I know you had quite the welcoming committee ❤ You no longer have to be frightened of Thunder or fireworks.
No more pain or struggling to breathe. Just blue skies, grassy meadows and comfy couches and beds everywhere. We miss your gentle snoring and the sound of you kicking and running in your doggie dreams. Until we meet ...
Susan Huelsing
August 29, 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.


Mailing Address

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

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

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