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."
"I am so happy & pleased with the way that Dr Lisa assisted me & "Franklin" my cat, at his moment of need. She was so caring & supportive . I also commend her staff, who also assisted me and gave me such peace of mind.
Franklin was completely relaxed & comfortable in his home , which was so important to me, knowing how traumatic t;the car ride to the Animal Hosp was for him.
The care and comfort Dr Lisa gave to Franklin was remarkable... He was treated like a prince....and his final time at home with me, was a time that I will always treasure....Knowing that he was given such comfort, dignity & LOVE...
I hope that if anyone has hesitation over their pets care at this sorrowful time, that they should consider the high quality of dignity & love that Lap of Love gave to Franklin and me during this final journey....
Weeki Wachee, FL"
Sandi ContiWeeki Wachee, Florida
"Dr. Lisa made doing the right thing for Jack possible, and without her pillowside manner I don't think I would be recovering from this profound sadness as well as I am. Larry is still not ready to hear about Jack's fabulous trip over the rainbow bridge but accepts my account that it was the very best it could be. Thank you Dr. Lisa for your following your heart in this needed area. Debbie and Larry"
Debbie CarterBrooksville, Florida
"I spoke with Dr. Littlejohn on the phone and she seemed very kind. But when she came into the house, looked at me, dropped her bags and came to me to hug me in a wonderful, strong bearhug, I knew for certain she was truly sincere and really did believe in what she was doing. I took my first deep breath in days, because i knew she was invested in helping our boy go home in a relaxed, non-fearful way, and validated our grief. She took her time with all of us, had us share our stories of Homie and memories of brighter days. Dr, Littlejohn is an amazing person and doctor. She truly cares and I think she is in the job she was born for, Thank you, Dr. Lisa. You made one of the most difficult times of our lives as peaceful as possible. The honor you showed us you had for Homie while preparing to take him has won you a place in our hearts forever. Thank you for everything. We will never forget you, and you have our eternal love and gratitude."
Debbie SchaierSpring Hill, Florida
"We found Dr. Lisa to be extremely patient, kind, and professional. Just a lovely person! The first time she came out we just weren't ready and Dr. Lisa felt that Maggie wasn't either, and she recommended something for pain. Wheit was time, Dr. Lisa came again, but now she came into our home as a friend. She sat and talked with us for a long time, and helped us prepare ourselves, explaining everything. She has a talent for walking bereaved people through a very difficult process. Afterwards, she emailed several times to see how we were doing. Thank you Dr. Lisa for everything you and the kind people at Lap of Love did for us. You all deserve an extra halo in heaven, for sure!"
marsha ReiniersSpring Hill, Florida
"During the latter part of July, it became evident that our thirteen-year-old mixed Lab, Peter, was in physical distress. Prior to that timeframe, there were no indications of the situation that soon lead us to contact the L of L Hospice for advice. Peter's condition deteriorated so rapidly, that it became apparent he had little time left. Prior to a "SEARCH" on the I'net, we were not even aware that services, provided by L of L, i.e., "in home euthanasia" were even available.
In just over twenty-four hours, we were apprised that a DVM would be available to visit with Peter, and make recommendations as to how to proceed. The DVM, Dr. Lisa Littlejohn, contacted me via e-mail, and she adjusted her schedule to accommodate mine, as well as that of my adult son, who was the true "Dad" of Peter. Upon her arrival at our home, it was quickly evident that we had "chanced" upon a true "Godsend". With nearly four decades with the U.S Dept. of Veterans Affairs as a Personnelist, I had had hundreds of interactions with clinicians in virtually all fields of study---most were good; some not so good. Immediately upon her arrival, her demeanor was such, as to put us "at ease", given the circumstances of her visit. She was patient in explaining the "technical aspects" of what was about to occur, and allowed us to grieve as were about to say "good-bye" to Peter. Although he was suffering, it appeared to us that he recognized Dr. Littlejohn as a "comforter" there to allow him to be delivered from his suffering. Peter was always wonderful with family members, but was not accepting of "outsiders". He accepted Dr. Littlejohn without hesitation. After an appropriate period of time, Dr. Littlejohn proceeded to assist in allowing Peter to pass. Although I am nearly seventy years old, I wept like a baby with Peter's loss. While little can be done under the circumstances, to assuage the feelings of remorse and the presence of a void in our lives, both my son and I were extremely appreciative of this lady's presence. We have other pets, who are "growing old", and may, eventually need similar "treatments". I can think of no one other than Dr. Littlejohn, on whom we would call for help."
Norman StierSpring Hill, Florida
"Dr. Lisa was amazing. Thank you so much for all your love, kindness and support. I am grateful for your help at such a time. I'm so grateful Morgan was able to be home during her passing."
Tammy BeardsleySpring 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.