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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.

Additional Appointment 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), 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, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 50 pounds$195
Pets 51 - 75 pounds$225
Pets 76 - 100 pounds$250
Pets 101-150 pounds$275
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted$300

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 19 pounds$80
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 pounds and over$125
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM

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

 

Carrie Roberts, DVM

I wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age and consider myself lucky to have grown up in a family of medical professionals. My parents helped me nurse several injured animals (wild and domestic) back to health throughout my childhood. It was incredibly rewarding to watch those animals thrive, and it solidified my decision to pursue veterinary medicine. 
 
Our family dog was an amazing Labrador named Shadow. She was an incredibly smart and loving dog. She was our shadow, always following us around to be part of our activities. She seemed to be able to sense and react to human emotions in a very special way, which made me feel even closer to her. When she fell ill suddenly, we were devastated. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and we were informed that surgery would not extend her life. We made the difficult decision that day to let her pass peacefully. It was incredibly painful to lose her, but I am thankful that she didn’t have to suffer. I will always be grateful for the time that we shared and all of the wonderful memories of Shadow that I keep close to my heart. 
 
I grew up on the West Coast, and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Since graduation, I have worked in small animal practices caring for dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rodents, and other small pets. I especially enjoy working with senior pets and assisting them with their unique needs. I recognize that a lot of pets are fearful upon entering a veterinary hospital and assisting with end of life care surrounded by their family with treats, toys, blankets can ease their distress.
 
I consider it a privilege to work with pets in the comfort of their own home. I enjoy hearing stories about each pet and how they have touched the hearts of their loving owners. The human-animal bond is truly beautiful and special. Helping pets pass peacefully is one way I can help honor that bond. 

My husband and recently moved to the St. Louis area with our four cats: JB, Wyatt, Izzy and Baker. We enjoy volunteering with rescue organizations to help find forever homes for pets.

About Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM

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

 

"I was very impressed with the level of empathy and caring of Dr Dawnetta. When she arrived she showed real interest in my life with my aging cat, Buddy and was easily able to get to know him through a few quick stories. She took time and showed respect for my feelings and lack of understanding of the process. In all, she made me feel very comfortable and also showed love for my good friend Buddy while he peacefully went to sleep."

Serge Traylor
University City, Missouri

"Ruby was the sweetest little dog in the world but she was not well and we knew that what was best for her was letting her go. This was the first time we were ever faced with a decision like this. The hardest thing we ever had to do but we wanted this done in our home rather than at a vets office. Fortunately, my wife met a couple who had used Lap of Love for their pet and they talked about how Dr. Dawnetta was great. We contacted Lap of Love and we were pleased to hear Dr. Dawnetta was coming to our home. To say the least, from the time Dr. Dawnetta came into our home and to when she left with Ruby, she was so kind, so loving and so understanding yet she performed her duties making Ruby comfortable allowing her to pass peacefully. Dr. Dawnetta wrapped Ruby in a blanket and placed her in a basket. I was grateful to be able to carry Ruby out to Dr. Dawnette’s car for one last ride. We were very grateful to have Dr. Dawnette help us through this very difficult time."

Bill Fox
Saint Louis, Missouri

"We just wanted to add our thanks to Dr. Woodruff and all at Lap of Love for all they did for our family. Tickle was part of our family for 11 years and while that didn't seemed too short twice that wouldn't have been enough. She was the perfect pet for our family; even-tempered to the point that on more than one occasion she allowed the kids to use her as a step-stool! I tried to find a good picture of her to post but in every picture her tail was blurry. I finally realized that was because that was how she always looked - wagging!

We knew for a long time how her sickness would likely end but I always imagined it at the vet's office. As it got closer I realized that would be horrible for her (no disrespect to her vets - they were great. But most pets fear the stainless steel table). I can say that having this done in the home surrounded by her family was the best possible outcome for Tickle. I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Woodruff's manner and knowing exactly what to say to make this easier on my family: particularly that we were not ending her life so much as allowing it to end peacefully. If we were to go through this again I would consider no other option.

Thank you Lap of Love!"

Marvin Meng
Edwardsville, Illinois

"I knew my time with Skippy was going to be short. He had a tumor that was growing rapidly and I was hoping to have him with me until the end of the week. When he walked away from breakfast and his rear legs gave out I knew it was time for him to move on. I called Lap of Love and was told Dr. Dawnetta would be there in a few hours. I enjoyed the time I had with him all the way through. She came in and was very compassionate and caring, professional absolutely, her empathy was what really assisted me. I had prepared for this moment for the last few days so I knew what I wanted and she let that happen. Skippy was a circus performer and he performed a few of his favorite tricks and ran like I hadn't seen him do in awhile. He and I cuddled after that. Dr Dawnetta let me know everything she was going to do before she did it which made the his passing very easy for me. She has a great demeanor that Skippy was at ease with from the moment she came in."

Alan Cina
St. Louis, Missouri

"Dr. Dawnetta was most kind, empathetic and gentle--would recommend her to anyone in this kind of need. A true Blessing."

Karen Gender
St. Louis, Missouri

"Words cannot express how thankful we are that we found Lap of Love and Dr. Dawnetta. After nearly 18 years of unconditional love and friendship, our sweet little boy Jake had started to have seizures, pain and confusion. His last 24 hours were so difficult:(. We had an immediate sense of peace and relief when Dr. Dawnetta arrived. She treated our baby with so much love and kindness until his last heart beat. I am so grateful there are people like her in the world."

Jen Arter
Town and Country, 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, Wildwood
 
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
 
Extended IL Travel Areas (additional $50 charge applies to these areas):
Caseyville, Collinsville, Granite City, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Mascoutah
Pet Memorials
“It's been 8 weeks since we said farewell to our wonderful cat, Winston. It is still difficult to write this memorial without tearing up. He was such a grand cat in so many ways, but now we are ready to honor him by sharing some of his special qualities that made him so very dear to us.

Winston was a beautiful grey tabby with a bit of Siamese ...
Jan and Ron Pennington
May 20, 2017
“We miss our beautiful Sweep. She came to us as a five week old with no snout and lived with us for 17 wonderful years. When she entered our lives, her human siblings were 8 and 12; they all had much energy! As a herder, Sweep’s self-appointed job was to keep everyone tucked in tight together whenever we went for a walk. She kept her human mom ...
Karen Gender
April 29, 2017
“Sissy….
My heart aches without you in our life. My beloved girl you may have started out as your daddies dog, but you quickly stole mommies heart.
As a pup you were quite the adventurous escape artist that was always bound to get into mischief. From digging out of the fence to run around the neighborhood and thankfully coming back home waiting ...
Sherri Stanley
March 30, 2017
“A piece of my heart is missing today. After an emotional roller coaster ride, we had to make the most difficult decision ever and let Yadi cross the rainbow bridge. Our time together was not nearly enough. I am completely numb with pain. He was our baby and went everywhere and did everything with us...to work everyday, vacations and our many crazy ...
Jennifer Toebe
March 22, 2017
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Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

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5640 B Telegraph Rd, #238
St. Louis, MO 63129

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Owned And Operated

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