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 8am-8pm 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

 

"Thank Dr Chris, or Aunt Chris, for visiting Pumpkin with warmth and kindness on your last day. Your caring words and voice calmed Pumpkin and she trusted you to approach her as I sat on the couch next to her. Everything you did was slow and caring, you even got small and kneeled on the floor while Pumpkins sedative calmed her. It hurts to remember Pumpkins last breath but thank you for letting me leave to go cry in my own bathroom while my husband held Pumpkin. Your service is a blessing. Thank you with all my heart."

Tracy Lanes
Maryland Heights, Missouri

"Laps of Love came to our home and helped Poncho on his journey. This organization is really awesome! Dr. Christina Scudder came to our home. She was kind, compassionate and very respectful. Not just to me and my family, but Poncho too! Having Laps of Love come to our home helped us with what was really a difficult time. I'm so glad we helped Poncho on his journey from home than going to a cold vet's office. It was a beautiful experience. I felt more at peace (I hope Poncho did too) and not so empty inside. I would highly recommend them if or when you find yourself in this situation."

Deborah Fultz
IMPERIAL, Missouri

"Dr. Chris Scudder was so kind and gentle and authentic when she helped us say goodbye to our precious 15 year old shih tzu, Maggie.

From the first telephone call to set up the appointment, until she gently carried her body out in a blanketed wicker basket, Lap of Love vet, Dr. Chris and the office coordinators I spoke to over the phone - were all efficient and empathetic and patient and gentle. These were the traits we needed to be surrounded with as we made difficult decisions and as we helped our Maggie cross over to the "Rainbow Bridge."

Since we're in the middle of a pandemic, and had to be masked with airflow arranged, Dr. Chris even offered to step outside after the sedation injection which allowed us to remove our masks to nuzzle against Maggie and kiss her goodbye before the final end--- We will ALWAYS be grateful for this moment of grace and kindness. We were able to hold Maggie and she wasn't afraid at all - Dr. Chris's energy was soft and quiet and just what we all needed.

THANK YOU - It was as perfectly peaceful and comforting as a pet's final moments can be."

D Schott
Chesterfield, Missouri

"Dear Dr. Chris,

Thank you so much for being there for my family last week and for taking such sweet, loving care of our precious Riley. I was devastated when I learned that we would have to say goodbye to her on New Year's Eve, but when I found out that you were coming, I was so relieved since I knew it would be as peaceful as possible like it was for Tank last year. Every pet owner should have you there at the end!!!

With gratitude and hopes for a brighter 2021!

Annie

Riley"

Annie Menees
St. Louis, Missouri

"I can't say enough good things about our experience with Dr. Chris and Lap of Love. They were able to schedule with us so quickly, and the team member I spoke with on the phone was so patient. Dr. Chris and Lap of Love approach their work with kindness and thoughtfulness. I'm grateful for Dr. Chris' professionalism and caring nature in this difficult moment."


St Louis, Missouri

"There are not enough words to say how thankful we are that we discovered Lap of Love to see our beautiful Koda across the Rainbow Bridge. We have been involved in dog rescue for many years and, as a result, have seenmore dogs than the average family over the Bridge. A veterinarian at Mizzou told us when we brought in our Boxer with pancreatic cancer to be put to sleep that we had a gift to give her--the gift of not letting her suffer. I have always taken that to heart when faced with the decision to help one of our beloved pups over the bridge. We love our family vet and had planned for him to see Koda over the bridge when we learned of Lap of Love. From the first phone call to schedule them to come to our house, I knew it was the right decision. I spoke with Gen who took the time not only to answer all my questions but to allow me to talk a little about our Koda girl. She never rushed me off the phone and understood my sadness and tears as I was making an appointment to end Koda's pain. We set the appointment for the day after Christmas--a cold but sunny day. My daughters carried her into the yard to potty because she could no longer negotiate the steps. They brought her back into our sun room, which she loved, and put her in her bed. When Dr. Chris arrived, Koda was snoozing comfortably. Koda woke up and wagged her tail at Dr. Chris as she explained everything to us. She was so kind to all of us and was so understanding at how distraught we all were. She was patient with our 4 other dogs who wanted her attention as well. When it came time for Dr. Chris to give the sedative to Koda before the final injection, I could swear that I saw Koda almost breathe a sigh of relief from the pain. We had as long as we wanted to say our final goodbyes before Dr. Chris saw her over the bridge. It was the most kind, calm, loving environment for Koda's passing. There was no fear (from going to the vet's office), no over-excitement from the car ride, no new animal smells to contend with. Koda was in her own bed, comfortable and content with her family--both human and canine--around her. Again, Dr. Chris gave us as much time as we needed to say our last goodbyes. With the help of my daughters, Dr. Chris lifted Koda gently on the stretcher, carefully strapping her in and covering her up with a colorful quilt. She looked like she was peacefully sleeping.

I can't say enough good things about Lap of Love and the services they provide for end of life care. If I had known about them sooner and that they offer hospice care, I definitely would have met with them to know how better to take care of Koda during the final months of her palliative care. If any of my dogs are ever in a similar situation to Koda in the future, I will engage with Lap of Love Hospice care and their at-home euthanasia services. I am at peace knowing that we did everything in our power to care for Koda after her shoulder sarcoma diagnosis--to not only keep her comfortable, but to maintain the best quality of life possible for her until the time came when there was nothing more we could do. Lap of Love and Dr. Chris stepped in and made the inevitable passing of our girl to be as loving and peaceful as it could be--for all of us. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone at Lap of Love for helping the families see their beloved pets through the end of life."

Deanna Reinwald
Troy, 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
“Juggernaut, you were a perfect gentle soul. I was so lucky to have you in my life. Your calm nature was an example to so many foster dogs that passed through our lives, helping them to adapt from stressful or abusive situations and blossom into amazing companions just like you had. I love you and miss you every day.”
Leslie Kinder
November 14, 2020
“I have been blessed by this guy for 13 years. Goodbye is never easy but it was time. I want to continue to enjoy the good moments we had with him and smile at the memories.

Rob Verbarg was definitely his favorite person. Max would SHOWER him with joy whenever he saw him. And by ‘’joy” I really mean pee. Haha!

When Max was a puppy he loved ...
Whitney Hubbell
November 11, 2020
“Daisy was always the sunshine in our lives.”
October 31, 2020
“We are completely broken hearted that we said goodbye to our sweet Sunny today. After a four-month battle with oral cancer, he died peacefully at home with us by his side. For 17 years, Sunny was our baby boy. My husband Daniel and I never had kids and perhaps never will, but several months after we married, Sunny became ours. The sweet, gentle ...
Jennifer Ashton
October 20, 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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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff.

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