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.

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.

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.

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 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. 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

 

"We are so grateful for Lap of Love and Dr. Chris. As if losing our good boy Max was not going to be difficult enough, adding in the issues with COVID-19 made it even harder. It was such a tough decision and we are so very sad. But we are so happy that Max could be in our home, surrounded by his human family. Dr. Chris was so kind and caring throughout the visit and as she helped Max make the peaceful trip over the rainbow bridge. We want to say thank you to Lap of Love. The service you provide is wonderful."

Joyce Bertelsman
St. Louis, Missouri

"I am so thankful that we found Lap of Love! Everyone that we interacted with did so much to make this experience more manageable. Dr. Chris was wonderful and she was so warm and friendly - it did not feel like we had a stranger in our home, but a friend. She was soothing and gentle and it meant so much to us that our dog Ivan could be relaxed, in his own bed with us at his side. He was comfortable and snoring until the very end. This truly was as great of an experience as you can hope for on such a terrible and emotional day."

Emily Harpel
Saint Charles, Missouri

"Thank you so much Dr. Chris for your compassion, patience and the loving care you extended to Neko during his last moments on this earth. You made his transition to the "rainbow bridge" as peaceful as possible. Thank you also for the grace and care you extended to us, Neko's "parents," as we went through the painful experience of letting him go. We so appreciate having Lap of Love as an alternative to the vet or animal hospital. Our pets give us so much and your service allows us to show them how treasured they are while allowing them to leave with dignity. Thank you again."

Vanessa Glenn
St. Louis, Missouri

"Dr. Scudder was amazing. She made an incredibly difficult day so so much easier. It's hard to let go after 17 and a half years, but she made it just a little easier and seemed to totally understand Gizzmo and how he fit in our family. I'm glad Gizzmo could go the way he did."

Terri Johnson
St. Louis, Missouri

"Our 15-year old dog, Pepper, had been struggling with his back legs for a while now. It got worse in the last few months and we finally had to make the decision we never wanted to make last week. Dr. Chris made his experience as well as ours the absolute best it could have been. We could not have asked for a more compassionate person to be with all of us and help us through one of our worst days. She did not rush us and took the time to learn all about him and his story. It did not feel clinical in any way and our dog who usually has a lot of anxiety was unbelievably calm. This was my first ever experience with having to make such a decision for a pet and I am beyond grateful I found out about Lap of Love as I couldn't imagine having to do this outside of our home. We feel that Pepper was able to go with the care and love he deserved. Thank you, Dr. Chris!"

Jeannie DeLuca
Ballwin, Missouri

"On June 12th, our loving gentle giant had reached the end of his wonderful life, and we had to make the difficult decision to let him pass on to a better place.

Thankfully, a friend and our vet referred us to Lap of Love, and that ended up being a blessing.

Dr. Christina Scudder was kind and understanding, gave my wife and I all the time we needed to get ourselves as ready as we could be, and treated our sweet, elderly gentleman like he was a member of her own family. Her kindness and compassion made Jake’s departure gentle and peaceful.

We will never be able to thank Dr. Christina for her care and help during one of our saddest days and she has our heartfelt thanks."

Dan and Jan Ashdown/Koertel
Chesterfield, 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
“Sadly, we said goodbye to our good boy, Max. He joined our family in December 2004. He has brought us so much joy, laughter, mischief & unconditional love. We did not do a very good job of training him, but he trained us to open our hearts; to make new friends; to get over a bad day or sad mood; that accidents happen and that sitting with your ...
Joyce Bertelsman
July 6, 2020
“This Dog's Life - A Tribute

A big dog with a big personality,
Truly embodied "Man's Best Friend."
Companion and devoted protector,
Loyal and true to the end.
Quick to learn and slow to forget,
Giver of pure unconditional love.
Surely, a one of a kind dog.”
Vanessa Glenn
June 25, 2020
“Today was an extremely emotional day in the Johnson household. Gizzmo, our dachshund, is now at rest. He was 17.5. We got him in the spring of 2003. Yeah. He’s been around a long, long time. To say he was a good boy might be an overstatement to some, but he was our boy. And he was loyal to a fault. It’s hard to say goodbye when your dog has been ...
Terri Johnson
June 25, 2020
“Our dear sweet girl, Senga, we'll miss you so much.”
Irene Niemeier
May 14, 2020
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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Owned And Operated

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

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