Tampa & St. Petersburg

  (813) 407-9441

  (727) 302-8131

  [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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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. Please call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$350
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$400

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 private location.

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 Doctors

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

Dr. Dani

Dani McVety

I’m often asked why I do what I do. Growing up I was surrounded by horses, cows, dogs, cats, birds, and various other animals, and I never thought I could put an animal to sleep. After almost a decade of education with hours spent in the veterinary school ICU, something changed. I wanted to be with those pets whose owners weren’t there to comfort them. I never wanted an animal to pass alone; I always thought how much warmer the experience would be if these animals were at home surrounded by family.

As an emergency veterinarian, I constantly witness owners' struggles as they are forced to make tough decisions quickly. They have no time to adjust to the life changing choices they are about to make, no time to come to terms with the acute illness or trauma that is completely unplanned. For many of these owners, all they want is time... even a few more hours. Lap of Love was born after witnessing a euthanasia in which the owner held tightly to her beloved dog, curled lovingly in her lap. It was such a beautiful sight, a woman and her companion sharing those last moments wrapped in each other. I knew I had to try to provide that opportunity to more people; it is what all owners and their pets deserve.

For me this is not a job, this is a calling. I do this because it is my gift to the animals I serve through my veterinary oath. I feel I have found my place in this vast veterinary world, quietly helping tighten the bond between owner and pet.

Dr. Anna

Anna Champagne

I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Kansas as the oldest of six children in a house with at least three animals running around at a time. There were always several cats, a dog, and a small animal (mouse, lizard, fish, frog, etc.) for us to play with. I studied animal science and veterinary medicine at Kansas State University. During my studies, I gained a huge respect for farmers and ranchers, so there will always be a special place in my heart for farm animals. I also learned that I love all species! I had the good fortune to work with everything from lions to bearded dragons to fish before I graduated in 2015. After veterinary school, I moved to Florida where I practiced general medicine and studied acupuncture therapy. We never stop learning!

My passion for end-of-life care started during my last year at veterinary school. I had the honor of taking care of an older dog who developed cancer that spread to his lungs and limbs. I spent 12-14 hours a day giving him everything that he needed while managing my other cases. I kept this up for about a week, while we were waiting for his family to come together at the hospital for his final goodbye. He had the best goodbye ever! As exhausting as his treatments were, I felt such peace. Giving this old dog the ultimate respect fulfilled something beyond myself.

Animals give to us unconditionally. Therefore, with Lap of Love, I hope that I give them the most comfortable passing possible.

Dr. Cathy

Cathy Berquist

Born and raised in northwest Indiana, I was the youngest of 5 kids. I witnessed my siblings grow up and leave the nest, often moving far away, for the military or their spouse’s job. The idea of traveling and moving to a new state always intrigued me, and in my family, seemed like the natural thing to do. I later realized that most people stay close to where they grow up; however, my path would be different, and my career would take me to several states.

My entire life, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. In fact, when I started college and saw people changing their majors after the first year, I was utterly confused. I thought, didn’t everyone know what they wanted to be when they grow up? I found out that was, of course, not the case for many, even though my road never wavered. The moment I realized cat-only hospitals existed, I was further drawn in that direction.

Throughout vet school at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, I explored various options within veterinary medicine. The day of graduation I reflected on my experiences and reverted to my original vision of becoming a cat vet. My primary attraction to working at a cat-only clinic wasn’t necessarily because I had an exceptional love for cats. My draw to this environment was due to the ability it brought me to focus on one specific species. In fact, I’ve always personally had a dog, and have raised pet gerbils, parakeets and guinea pigs throughout my life. I have such an appreciation of the human-animal bond, regardless of the species. I’ve noticed that in my career I enjoy a position that allows me to maintain a narrower concentration though.

This same focus led me across the country from Las Vegas, NV to sunny Tampa, FL to join Lap of Love. As a hospice veterinarian, I can dedicate myself to one very important facet of veterinary medicine: helping people and their beloved pets when it is time to say good-bye. I’ve also held the role of pet parent and have personally lost pets throughout the years. I have experienced both the comfort of a peaceful in-home euthanasia and the anxiety associated with a pet’s final moments being in a clinic. It is a privilege to work with pets in their own, relaxed environment, and to honor families’ bonds with their pets by offering a compassionate experience when it is time to say good-bye.

Dr. Loren

Loren Gassler

As a native Floridian born and raised in Tampa, Florida, attending Busch Gardens adventure camp was the highlight of my summer. Working with the animals thrilled me, but what I loved most was connecting with them. From this connection, I developed a strong appreciation and respect for the human/animal bond. My passion for animals grew as I attended camp for eight years and helped care for a menagerie of family pets including a dog, rabbit, iguana, sugar glider, turtle, and numerous gerbils and fish. I realized that I not only wanted to work with animals, I wanted to treat them. 
 
My quest to become a veterinarian led me to Auburn University, where I earned a Zoology degree in 2007, followed by my doctorate at Mississippi State University in 2011. After graduation, I practiced in San Antonio, Texas for four years before returning home to Tampa. 
 
I was in high school the first time I witnessed a pet being euthanized. It was my first day volunteering at a veterinary hospital, and a very sweet Dalmation was diagnosed with bone cancer. Due to the aggressive nature of the disease and the dog's decreased quality of life, the vet recommended euthanasia. I wanted to be brave for his parents, so I fought back tears and repeated “it’s what’s best for the pet” over and over in my head. These words have become my mantra and are the foundation upon which I practice medicine.
 
While veterinarians are needed throughout a pet’s life, I believe we are most needed in times of illness and injury. My calling as a vet is to support and advocate for my patients in their greatest time of need. I strive to give your furry family member the high quality of life he or she deserves and to ensure the best possible experience for you both when it’s time to say good-bye.
 
When I’m away from the “office,” I love spending time with my wonderful husband and our family of five furry children. We have two domestic short haired cats (Dolce and Duncan), a terrier mix named Rusty, a cairn terrier named Scooter, and a chihuahua named Dixie. They are a fun, goofy group of best friends that light up my world every day. I also enjoy cheering on the Bucs, Lightning, and Rays and attending theatre at the Straz Center. 

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.

Dr. Kelly

Kelly Mills

I grew up in Crystal River, Florida where I loved swimming in the springs and tubing down the rivers. I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, as one of my favorite past times was spending days with our family dogs and riding my retired racehorse, Wesley. 

I became a “Double Gator,” graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Animal Science, then completing my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine there as well. During my time at the University of Florida, I was fortunate to work with many amazing animals, and had the best group of friends and mentors who played a defining role in my personal and professional development. It was also during that time that I adopted my heart dog, Cooper, after he was found wandering down a country road.

After graduating, my path took me to North Carolina where I worked as a general practitioner. One of the most unique aspects of this position was that I had the ability to provide a peaceful euthanasia, both at the clinic or in a family’s home. Although we made every effort to provide the best experience to all pets and families regardless of the location, I couldn’t help but to notice how families and their pets were at much greater ease in the security and comfort of their own home. As a veterinarian, this was exactly what I wanted; to provide the gift of a peaceful passing and allow them to fully cherish and appreciate those final moments with their pets.

I realize the honor of being a part of such a delicate moment and appreciate the transition to a role where I can help families find the utmost peace and comfort through one of the most difficult decisions a pet parent will ever have to make. 

Dr. Lisa

Lisa McIntyre

After graduation from the University of Illinois, I served as an extern at the Anti-Cruelty Society and went on to become a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital before moving to Naperville, Illinois. That is where I raised three sons alongside my husband Andrew, spent time working in shelter medicine as well as at a private, small animal practice, and volunteered with my Golden Retriever at the local hospital in their animal-assisted therapy program. 

In 2007, I founded a house call service, providing in-home care including end-of-life services to pets across the Chicagoland suburbs but life and opportunity (and a search for fewer polar vortexes) landed us in Tampa, Florida. 

Through Lap of Love, I’m incredibly appreciative to continue serving families and their beloved pets during one of life’s most challenging but beautiful transitions. In the role of a gentle guide and medical professional, I am constantly in awe of the human-animal bond and richness it provides to our lives.

I return regularly to Chicago to visit my college-aged twins, root for the Cubs, and run along the lakefront.

Dr. Megan

Megan Wehrwein

Growing up in central Wisconsin, our home was always filled with pets. From dogs and cats to rabbits, hedgehogs, ferrets and more.  When I was in kindergarten, one of the first projects we worked on in class was to write a ‘book’ all about our family, our interests, and what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wrote about how much I wanted to be a veterinarian and my desire never wavered. My mom kept that book I wrote in kindergarten, and when I graduated from veterinary school, she gave it to me as a reminder of my long- standing commitment and dedication to the profession and love for animals. 

My journey to becoming a veterinarian continued while I was in high school and was able to volunteer at our family veterinarian’s clinic after school and gain insight and understanding of what veterinary medicine was really about. After high school, I attended University of Minnesota – Duluth, completing a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and ultimately went on to University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, where I obtained my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.  

After graduation, I worked in small animal private practice for several years where I helped many families say good-bye to their cherished pets. I feel privileged to be able to relieve a pet’s suffering as well as support a family through the difficult decisions. In 2018, I needed to make those difficult end of life decisions for my own beloved lab, Toby. Toby and I were inseparable and losing him deepened my understanding of the importance of end of life care. I believe each pet deserves a peaceful, dignified passing and I am honored to bring my heartfelt compassion to every Lap of Love family I help in the Tampa Bay area.   

When I am not working, I enjoy running with my new lab, Millie, and I am really looking forward to the Florida sunshine – a welcome change from the winter’s in Wisconsin!

Dr. Shantelle

Shantelle Williams

Growing up just outside of St. Louis, MO, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 6 years old. I received a degree in Animal Science from Mizzou and continued there to achieve my doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. After obtaining my degree, I began working at a Small Animal practice with cats and dogs for 3 years. I then moved to the Tampa area to begin helping families with Lap of Love.

I have been inspired throughout my life and career by the strength of the human-animal bond. During my time in veterinary school my own ferret, Slinky, became very ill and deteriorated quickly until I had to make the choice to let him go. At that point it became clear to me how important end of life care is. I have been dedicated to making the passing of each patient I help peaceful and dignified.

When not helping families, much of my spare time is spent with my husband and our furry (and scaly) family of eleven. We have two German Shepherds (Max and Petra), a cat named Gadget, three ferrets (Mr. Bones, Noodle, and Oliver), and five hermit crabs. When not caring for our pets, you can find us at the beach or visiting family.

About Dani McVety

I’m often asked why I do what I do. Growing up I was surrounded by horses, cows, dogs, cats, birds, and various other animals, and I never thought I could put an animal to sleep. After almost a decade of education with hours spent in the veterinary school ICU, something changed. I wanted to be with those pets whose owners weren’t there to comfort them. I never wanted an animal to pass alone; I always thought how much warmer the experience would be if these animals were at home surrounded by family.

As an emergency veterinarian, I constantly witness owners' struggles as they are forced to make tough decisions quickly. They have no time to adjust to the life changing choices they are about to make, no time to come to terms with the acute illness or trauma that is completely unplanned. For many of these owners, all they want is time... even a few more hours. Lap of Love was born after witnessing a euthanasia in which the owner held tightly to her beloved dog, curled lovingly in her lap. It was such a beautiful sight, a woman and her companion sharing those last moments wrapped in each other. I knew I had to try to provide that opportunity to more people; it is what all owners and their pets deserve.

For me this is not a job, this is a calling. I do this because it is my gift to the animals I serve through my veterinary oath. I feel I have found my place in this vast veterinary world, quietly helping tighten the bond between owner and pet.

"Dr. Lisa was wonderful and so attentive to our needs. So grateful for such a peaceful passing of our Sir Bentley.

Thank you so much, Kelley"

Kelley Juneau
Tampa, Florida

"Dr Loren Gassler was so kind and compassionate. She was patient and let us tell stories about Sophie and our life with her. We are grateful that she was here for us. She assured us that we were doing the right thing and we needed that more than anything."

Laurie and Adriana Ross
St Petersburg, Florida

"This is the second time I’ve had Lap of Love come out and help me with a very hard situation. Losing our fur babies is such an extremely painful thing to go through. The doctor was so kind and compassionate. People who don’t love animals as much as we do, can’t understand our pain. It is wonderful to have people around that understand these are our children. Not our pets. Dr. Kelly Mills was very patient and very compassionate. Lap of Love allows us to let our babies pass in private, with us holding them to the end, and in a place that is comforting to them...... surrounded by love 💕"

Diane Reese
Tampa, Florida

"Cathy was just awesome, could not have asked for a better person, she was kind, compassionate and she didn’t rush us, she guided us through the entire process and it was so peaceful, thank you Cathy"


Clearwater, Florida

"Dr. Cathy made the hardest day of my life easier. I couldn’t lift Sugar to transport her, and she could no longer stand on her own. She handled my other dogs with such grace even though they can be a little invasive when new people enter the house. She gave me time to sit with Sugar and didn’t make it a rushed process. She was so kind and truly understood the difficulty of the situation. Thank you Dr. Cathy for helping my baby girl be at peace again."

Loren Hill
Saint Petersburg, Florida

"Everyone at Lap Of Love is wonderful. The entire team goes above and beyond to help you through one of the toughest things you will have to go through. I wouldn't want to have anyone else except for them. Thank-you for your compassion and caring. It is greatly appreciated and you made Ms. Lola's final moments so peaceful and loving with me holding her until she got her angel wings"


Land O Lakes, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (813) 407-9441

Lap of Love's Pet Life & Loss Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (813) 933-8944

BluePearl Veterinary Specialist

Pet Loss Support Group

  (727) 397-7387

Pinellas Animal Foundation

Emergency Clinic

  (813) 265-4043

Tampa Bay Vet Emergency Services

Emergency Clinic

  (727) 531-5752

Tampa Bay Vet Specialist in Largo

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg area including all or parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$150 based on your location.
Pet Memorials
“Sir Bentley had a very long joyous life full of love, lizard chasing and wonderful people.

Sir Bentley is survived by his mother, Nancy Cabrera, his sister, Kelley Juneau and his nephew Emperor Butterball. He was truly loved by all that met him including Miss Dixie.

He will be missed...”
Kelley Juneau
February 22, 2021
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. A. A. Milne”
Laurie and Adriana Ross
February 19, 2021
“My beautiful boy Tank. A big boy with a big personality and an even bigger heart. He gave so much loved every living creature that he came into contact with. All of the foster kittens that were in our home, looked up to him like he was their daddy. And he gladly took on that role. He will be forever missed and always loved ❤️❤️❤️”
Diane Reese
February 18, 2021
“Andy, you came into my life at a very difficult time for me, the passing of my father, I was in a deep dark place and you were there for me and made my life shine, you were 12 weeks old. Every minute of everyday you made my life happy. You went above and beyond for me as I did you. You will be forever missed and forever loved. I can see you now ...
February 17, 2021
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
17804 US Highway 41 North
Lutz, Florida 33549

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