Hernando County and Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate 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 your home or office.
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 the crematory.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.
Lisa Littlejohn, DVM
When I was a little girl, I aspired to be many things—a hair dresser and a pizza maker among those. In high school, I started working at a local animal hospital as a receptionist. With time, I eventually moved into the kennel and started working hands-on with the animals. I quickly developed a love for dogs and cats and always wanted to know how to make them better. During those years, I became a veterinary technician and decided being a veterinarian was my dream job. I set my sights on the University of Florida for both undergraduate and veterinary school. In 2005, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. In 2010, I attained my goal and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Since graduation, I have been in General Practice and have gravitated towards end-of-life care. There is something so unique and special about our four-legged family members. They give us the unconditional love that we all want and need. For us, they may be a small piece of our life. But for them, we are their WHOLE world. I feel helping that loved one pass in the clinic doesn’t provide them with the respect and love they deserve. Instead, it should be a peaceful, calm and pain-free passing in a comfortable place surrounded by the ones they love the most. I am truly honored to help you and your loved ones through this difficult time.
“At the end of the day, when we leave this world, the only valuable legacy we leave behind is the love we gave to others and the love others gave to us."
"Thank you Dr. Lisa.
It’s hard to express gratitude on how compassionate you were during a difficult time with our cherished Simon without getting choked up. Deborah and I will forever remember you and talk warmly about your amazing ability to comfort pet owners during end of life events.
Thank you for posting a memorial for Simon. It brought on smiles.
Simon is home now, after his visit to Faithful Friends . Rachael and Damon were vey respectful with Simon and our wishes.
I would recommend to them to anyone in the surrounding area.
Simon departure is still hard to get use to. We miss him dearly.
Lastly, thank you for notifying Dr. Mark Twilla at Sunshine Animal Hospital. He called Deborah shortly afterwards to express his sympathy and support. We are blessed to get such attention over Simon.
We’d like to do something special for you after coming into our lives during difficult times.
Kris BrownWebster, Florida
"Thank you so much for that , It was so thoughful....It hasnt been easy without Bunny, The other cats are greiving as well it is very sad but we are moving through a day at a time....Thank you so much for EVERY SINGLE THING YOU DID you made it PERFECT for us to have closure.... I still cringe when I think of what happened with our last angel....anyhow I can never thank you enough seriously never you are amazing blessing and angel all in one from the very bottom of my heart....I know we will see you again , and I wouldnt have it any other way....thank you Dr Lisa.....
Kelly RobinsonZephyrhills, Florida
"Thank you so much! My husband said that you made a very difficult time in our lives much easier! We truly appreciate your kindness with Rocky as well as our family. We are grieving Rocky and the house is def. Empty right now. Rocky gave us over 14 years and was a great dog and is truly missed! Again thank you for making a very difficult and hard time a little easier!
Debbie Arlie and family"
Debbie HoskinsSpring Hill, Florida
"I want to thank Dr. Lisa for the compassion and gentleness she showed to our 18-year-old Yorkie, Dutchess. She made a very difficult situation as peaceful and calm as possible. It is never easy to make the decision to let one of our little ones to go, but it helps to know that they and us will be treated with respect, compassion, and kindness. Thank you Dr. Lisa for being there when Dutchess needed you."
MaryAnn CampbellBrooksville, Florida
"Dr. Lisa was wonderful to us as we made the difficult decision to euthanize our BELLE. Belle spent over eleven wonderful years with us on rolling acres in Connecticut. She swam and played. Since she and her best dog pal REO were on the Invisible Fence system, they had quite the good life. Belle spent the last few winters of her life here in Florida and seemed to enjoy Florida immensely as well. Belle had been failing but the end came too suddenly and quickly for us.
Thus, when we suddenly realized that euthanization was most likely the only option, it was a Sunday. We are so appreciative that Dr. Lisa was able to meet us and Belle for the first time on a Sunday afternoon. The care and love that Dr. Lisa showed was apparent throughout her time at our home. She also helped our other dog REO understand what was happening. I cannot recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Lisa more highly.
My only regret is that I did not know a Dr. Lisa in Connecticut over the past decades when I had to make this difficult decision for the other wonderful dogs and cats in our lives who came before Belle and Reo.
Thank you Dr. Lisa and everyone at Lap of Love."
Nancy CoutuSpring Hill, Florida
"Titan was the last one of my pack of four dogs. It is so heartbreaking to have to see my fur babies go. I had always brought them to the vet's office to go to sleep forever, but Titan was a big boy of 85lbs and he was 15 and 1/2 years old. My son just so happened to be in the hospital at the time Titan got tired and since I am disabled myself, I had no one to help me carry him to put in the car to bring to the vets office. Each day I watched him as he was dying and could not do anything but watch and love him up. Although, he was not in pain, it was very painful for me to watch him dying and not being able to help him. After praying all night that God would take him in his sleep, when He didn't, God directed me to LapofLove Mobile Vet. From the minute Victoria answered the phone, I knew I would be in the best possible hands. Victoria's gentleness and kindness on the phone was heaven sent. She made the appointment for me for the very same day and she sent an Angel to come care for Titan. Dr. Lisa was so compassionate and loving to Titan that she had only known for a few minutes. She explained everything and was in no rush. She waited until I was ready to let go. God answered my prayers by sending me Angels to help me cope with the loss of another dog. It was a very calming experience. I can't say enough good things about Victoria, Dr. Lisa and LapofLove. Thank you all!"
Tinamarie KnowltonSpring Hill, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lap of Love's Pet Life & Loss Support Group
Animal Emergency of Hernando: Spring Hill
Animal Emergency of Pasco: Port Richey
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve families in the Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. A drive fee of $50 may be assessed based on distance from the veterinarian.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
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.
Lap of Love17804 US-41Lutz, FL 33549
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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dani McVety.