Hernando County and Surrounding Areas

  (352) 353-4753

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$400
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$450

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$215
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$285

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 in a butterfly garden or a local cemetery garden. 

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Keely

Keely Smith

I wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember and was so excited to fulfill my lifelong dream. I received a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and later moved to Gainesville, FL where I earned my doctorate from the University of Florida. After graduation, I completed a Large Animal Internship and Large Animal Medicine Residency at the University of Tennessee.  Life ended up taking me to Doha, Qatar in the Middle East where I worked as an equine practitioner for nearly 2 years before returning to Florida to run my own practice.  

Throughout my veterinary career, I continue to be inspired by our clients’ strength when they are faced with end of life decisions for their animal family member.  It is the same whether it is a horse, pot-belly pig, cat, dog or pocket pet. I am honored to help them give the last and greatest gift of love to their family member. 

In my free time, I like to spend time with my daughter and our horses, dogs, birds and lizards.  My hobbies are traveling, knitting and fiber arts, learning new languages and dancing.

About Keely Smith

I wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember and was so excited to fulfill my lifelong dream. I received a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and later moved to Gainesville, FL where I earned my doctorate from the University of Florida. After graduation, I completed a Large Animal Internship and Large Animal Medicine Residency at the University of Tennessee.  Life ended up taking me to Doha, Qatar in the Middle East where I worked as an equine practitioner for nearly 2 years before returning to Florida to run my own practice.  

Throughout my veterinary career, I continue to be inspired by our clients’ strength when they are faced with end of life decisions for their animal family member.  It is the same whether it is a horse, pot-belly pig, cat, dog or pocket pet. I am honored to help them give the last and greatest gift of love to their family member. 

In my free time, I like to spend time with my daughter and our horses, dogs, birds and lizards.  My hobbies are traveling, knitting and fiber arts, learning new languages and dancing.

"Dear Dr. Keely,

Thank you so much for your kind words and your excellent service and professional ethics. You folks at LAPS OF LOVE made the transition into Monk's spiritual world much better. Your compassion and LOVE for animals showed in your personality and the moment that MONK put his PAW on your LAP I knew we would be OK, because he chose YOU! Thank you."

Frances Aquino
Brooksville, Florida

"Dr. Smith was amazing. The moment she met Lucky she got right down on the floor next to his bed and talked to him softly, petting him gently. Dr. Smith went at our pace, reassuring us all the way. We felt no rush or judgment, and that meant the world to us. We are so happy we will forever have peaceful loving memories of Lucky right up until the end. Thank you for that gift Dr. Smith!"

Eileen McMahon
Spring Hill, Florida

"Dr. Keely was truly an angel for us. She gave us the most beautiful last moments with our Zoey and we will forever be grateful to her and to Lap of Love. You treated us with such love, support and kindness."

Joanne Ramotar
Wesley Chapel, Florida

"Dr Smith was wonderful through this process."

Laura Willingham
Spring Hill, Florida

"Dr. Keely was extremely compassionate and accommodating helping at the end of my Bobo’s journey here. Even through this horrific pandemic, I was able to hold my baby until the end and cradle him as long as I wanted. Dr Keely ensured that my Bobo got to his destination peacefully & I am so grateful for that.

I was able to carry Bobo out and hug and kiss him repeatedly without rushing & I want to thank her for allowing me every last moment with him."

Cee Hazen
Hudson, Florida

"There are no words to describe how hard this was to do for my poor sick little dog Sara. Congestive heart failure is a horrid disease that I pray no pet parent has to experience.

Dr. Keely is the angel I needed at this sad time to help us through the heart breaking decision .

She is compassionate, understanding and so very kind!

She helped us all through a very overwhelming day .

My Sara is now a peace and for that I am so deeply grateful.

The staff that assisted me over the phone are also so unbelievably kind.

Thank you so much for all you have done us!"

Laura Clark
Hudson, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (352) 666-0904

Animal Emergency of Hernando: Spring Hill

  (727) 841-6575

Animal Emergency of Pasco: Port Richey

  (813) 407-9441

Lap of Love's Pet Life & Loss Support Group

  (727) 786-5755

Animal Emergency and Urgent Care - Palm Harbor

  (727) 397-7387

Pinellas County Animal Foundation - Pet Loss Support Group

Pet-Loss.net Florida Resources

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve families in the Pasco and Hernando Counties. A drive fee of $50 may be assessed based on distance from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Dear Monk,
My dear Monkey like we called you. You were an awesome furbabie. As big as you were was as BIG as your heart was. You gave us great hugs and many kisses. We loved you with all our hearts. Monk's mom was a Rhodesian Ridgeback and dad was a black lab mixed with Rottie. You almost made your birthday Monk! we had 13 wonderful years with ...
Frances Aquino
November 4, 2020
“Your are off on your next adventure Lucky Dog. We will all miss you and the way you would force our hands up with your nose to pet you all the time. You lost your original adoptive Mom and Dad recently and you are on your way to see them again. We picture you galloping across green pastures and catching a ball, happy and free of pain forever. ...
Eileen McMahon
November 3, 2020
“Our beloved Zoey gave us over 15 years of unconditional love. She will always be a part of our lives and in our hearts forever. We have been blessed with an amazing dog who showed so much love and so many loved her. We will miss you Zozo. We love you always.”
Joanne Ramotar
October 5, 2020
“My faithful friend and fierce protector.”
Laura Willingham
August 24, 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.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5925
Hudson, Florida 34674

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dani McVety.

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