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 would like to thank Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice and Dr. Christina Scudder for providing compassionate and gentle end-of-life care here in our home. It was a blessing to give Sunny such a dignified goodbye. We are forever grateful for Dr. Scudder's compassion, empathy and gentleness during such a difficult time. She allowed us to grieve openly and helped Sunny to the other side."

Jennifer Ashton
Imperial, Missouri

"We learned about Lap of Love even before knowing we would one day need it for our own sweet Phoebe. Under the saddest of circumstances, we were glad the organization was there for us too.

After the initial call to the office, Dr. Chris spoke with us at length, learning about Phoebe's declining health. Without rushing into any solutions she asked us important questions to help us determine a course of action. The decision was always ours without pressure one way or another. Dr. Chris ensured a very quiet, peaceful time together only moving forward when we were ready. She was compassionate in her words and actions.

Lap of Love didn't make the end-of-life decision any easier, but the level of sincerity and care they brought to our home gave us and Phoebe comfort we may not have received elsewhere."

Bill and Robyn Streck
Glendale, Missouri

"Dr Chris came to our home and assisted with my cat, who I had for 20 years. She was so kind, caring, and compassionate it made me feel so comfortable during such a hard time. She was very gentle and caring, not only to the kitty but also to me, and her dedication to the animals was evident. I would absolutely recommend."

Erica Horten
Ellisville, Missouri

"We had the best experience with Dr. Scudder on one of the most difficult days. She showed such kindness and compassion for our dog and for us. She answered all questions we had and helped ease our mind about the process. We were able to take all of the time we needed to say goodbye and she made the worst situation into the best experience we could have had. I can't imagine saying goodbye to a pet any other way. We were in the comfort of our backyard, where our dog was most comfortable and could have her sister right by her side. I knew it was time for our dog and Dr. Scudder helped reassure us that we were making the right decision for our beloved pet. I will forever appreciate Lap of Love and Dr. Scudder."

Shannan Bernico
St Louis, Missouri

"We are so grateful to have found Lap of Love and Dr Christina. Having a caring and empathetic Vet like Dr Christina come to your home and gently guide you through the process is so much better for pet and family than having to take them out of the home, to the vet. In our backyard, on the grass with beautiful weather, Dr Christina took the time to learn about or dog and our family while allowing us as much time as we needed to ready ourselves and our baby. It was peaceful, moving and beautiful. I will do this at home with any future pet when their time comes. Thank You Dr Christina. John and I are very grateful."

Dustin Norman
St Louis, Missouri

"To anyone who is going through the process of letting a pet go. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Christina.

We were made to feel comfortable from the first phone call to inquire about their services to the actual time we laid our dog, Buddy, to rest. We felt as if we were in very competent hands and were relieved because of that. Dr. Christina, let us pick the place within our home. We were fortunate to have a beautiful fall day and his favorite space in our yard. Which made it easier for him as well as us. Thank you so very much for your help Dr. Christina"

John Napoli
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 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
“A life well-lived, Buddy
05.04.2009 to 10-01-2020
Our hearts are broken today as we had to say good-bye to our family dog, Buddy. His heart was pure; he just wanted to love us and please us his humans. We hope that we gave him a good life. I know we spoiled him as he always had to get a taste of our meal. He loved his squeak toys, and we loved ...
John Napoli
October 2, 2020
“My Boy.

I don’t know where to begin. I suppose I start with what matters most: I love you. There’s a point where a dog stops being a pet. There is no master. You were never mine in that regard. But we’ve always had each other. Never my pet. You were so much more. You were my loyal companion. Always with me. Always you and me against the world. ...
Marcus Eder
September 18, 2020
“Tiger Lily was our beautiful, sweet kitty with a very gentle temperament--very "chill." She was Mama's kitten from her 1st litter, and we were blessed to have her in our lives for the last 16+ years. So many wonderful memories of Tiger Lily, her sister (S'mores) and Mama...all memories intertwined with my own beautiful daughters childhood and ...
Tracy Arata
September 12, 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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