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

 

"Words will never express how difficult it is to make this kind of decision for your best friend, but Lap of Love gives gentle and caring reassurance and assistance from beginning to end. I appreciate being able to look at this website for current testimonials form others going through this painful process, the ease and sensitivity in scheduling the appointment over the phone with Suzie, and of course the very tender and caring way that Dr. Chris helped with our boy Damien. I was a wreck and kept trying to second guess myself, thinking maybe I should reschedule. But I certainly had not made this decision lightly. After prayerful consideration, I knew that I could not bare to let my little boy continue to deteriorate in pain from swiftly advancing cancer. Dr. Chris has a lot of experience and reassured me that our babies put a lot of energy into those "good days" and usually suffer greatly when people delay their original decision. I truly appreciate her kindness in my despair, taking her time to listen to me and reassure me. And it was truly a blessing to say goodbye in the comfort our home, with Damien at ease to the end. Ultimately, we'll always have pain no matter what when we lose our beloved friend, but I am grateful for choosing Lap of Love."

Tracy St. John
ST. LOUIS, Missouri

"Dr. Scudder was An angel through this entire process. From arriving same day within hours to understanding when I was frazzled and scared. Maggie was laid to rest peacefully and with ease she passed over the rainbow bridge and I appreciate the kindness and compassionate care we all received during this difficult time in our lives. Thankyou for making this easier on us and reassuring us while helping Maggie rest peacefully."

Sarah Mercurio
Red Bud, Missouri

"Dr. Chris was wonderful. So empathetic and kind. She made a very difficult time a lot easier. Thank you very much, Dr. Chris."

Diann and Tom Gordon
University City, Missouri

"Dr. Chris' presence during our beloved Buckley's last moments was welcome and we're very appreciative of her loving and kind way. She helped us through a very difficult experience and let us see the beauty in it. Our best friend was treated with the dignity and love he deserved."

Jason Roland
Chesterfield, Missouri

"When you live with an animal for over 16 years they feel more like a roommate than a pet. Spirit was the only living thing outside of my blood family that I learned to love unconditionally. Other than the basic necessities, the only thing she ever asked of me was my physical closeness. Snuggled against my side, wedged into the bend of my arm, or encircled in my legs were her favorite ways to relax and it helped me to do the same. She got me through so many painful situations with her affection and cuddles that it was the least I could do to return the favor. Seeing your best friend suffer is awful, I knew I needed to help her, but she hated the vet and I didn't want her last moments to be scary. Friends of mine had just told me about Laps of Love and how they had just used their services for their oldest dog, Puck. It sounded peaceful, painless, private....perfect. I scheduled my appointment for less than 24 hours later which was nice since I could tell my baby kitty was in a fair amount of pain. Dr. Scudder was the sweetest, nicest person, so loving and respectful you'd have thought it was her own cat. She calmly walked me through everything that was about to happen and then gave me the time and space to just hold my friend as she went to sleep for good. She let me know when Spirit was gone and then carefully, gently wrapped her up in a blanket to take with her. She apologized for not being able to hug me due to the Covid guidelines which I thought was nice of her. Dr. Scudder had noticed almost immediately upon coming into my home that Spirit was a polydactyl (on every paw!) and helped me get a great paw print for my keepsake. As awful as it was, I just couldn't imagine doing it any other way than at home with each other. My little six-toed kitty was the furriest love of my life, Laps of Love helped me treat her as such. If you want to give your pet one last honorable gift, this is the way to go."

Devon Palmer
Saint Louis, Missouri

"I don't know where to begin....only to say that Lap of Love and Dr. Chris and Dr. Dawnetta are truly gifts to anyone who has made the difficult decision to help their pet crossover the Rainbow Bridge. In December Dr. Dawnetta helped us with our 14 yr old Sheltie, Riley. And just this last week, Dr. Chris helped us with our Catahoula Leopard, Linus. Each of our circumstances were somewhat unique...Riley who was a very shy rescue and Linus whose other owner has hearing and speech issues (due to a stroke). Dr. Dawnetta took a lot of time making sure that shy Riley was comfortable and not stressed. It was time consuming and she did not rush it. Dr. Chris was so kind and accommodating to help with our communication challenges. She was so kind and caring and made sure that everything was communicated well. She was so wonderful with Linus. (This was all done with the special challenges due to COVID).

These two women are unbelievable! They are gifted, caring, compassionate, and wonderful human beings. I can't imagine things going any better than they did, at one of the most difficult times there is."


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
“Maggie we love you and miss you forever and always.

I am so thankful for all of the support from the moment I called and spoke on the phone to Laps of love, to Dr. Scudder and her amazing understanding and ability to just be the calm in the storm. I’m an anxious person by nature and this was a bit much for me to take in. It was relieving to ...
Sarah Mercurio
August 5, 2020
“Thank you for the happy days that you gave to us, for the protection that you bestowed upon your family which was so incredibly important to you. Thank you for supporting your elder brother, Kabu, in his final illness. We know it wasn't easy. But you proved yourself to be a loving and caring gentleman throughout the trying period. We thank you ...
Diann and Tom Gordon
August 4, 2020
“Louie you are really, really missed. Your SPOT is empty and so are our hearts. You were a sweet and gentle man and a big one at that. You had to be big just to house that heart. We love and miss you . Give Thelma some kisses.”
Michael Barczewski
July 14, 2020
“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
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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