PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$265
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$365
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$410

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$110
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$185
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$260

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

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. Nil

Nil Wilkins

Growing up in Oklahoma, Illinois and Maryland, we always had pet dogs and cats. For a time we lived on a farm where there were also chickens, cows, pigs and horses. I greatly enjoyed being around all animals.
So it was really no surprise that I wanted to become a veterinarian. Volunteering at a small animal practice while I was in high school confirmed this for me as I saw how helping animals helped their owners too, such is the human - animal bond.

After I graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, my husband and I made our home in Tampa, raising two daughters and a myriad of pets we fostered/adopted. These included puppies, kitties, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils.  After graduation I worked in private practice for many years. Then to help homeless animals in the community, I worked at two animal shelters. While I found both private practice and shelter medicine to be very rewarding, working with Lap of Love is exceptionally gratifying. Nowhere is the strength of the bond between owners and their pets more visible, touching and heartwarming than during end of life care.

Currently our family includes 5 cats: 3 that we fostered and adopted from an animal shelter, another we adopted from the same animal shelter and a neighbor's cat that adopted us!  

I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a compassionate group of individuals providing comfort and support during this time; for no matter how long our pets are a part of our lives, it's never long enough.

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. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Merchant

I grew up the youngest of 4 children in sunny south Florida and my parents were not particularly fond of animals but my oldest brother and I loved them! Being 13 years older than I am, he would take me to pet stores every weekend so we could play with the puppies, ferrets, bunnies, and anything else we could snuggle. By the age of six, I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian.

I volunteered at veterinary clinics throughout middle and high school and went to the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and Texas A&M University for my veterinary degree. While there, I was fortunate enough to work with all kinds of animals ranging from dogs and cats to cattle and horses, and even marine mammals and wildlife.

After veterinary school, my husband and I moved to Tampa where I worked in small animal practice, both corporate and private. While working, I became acutely aware of how special it was to help owners cope with the hardships in making decisions about their beloved pets’ end of life care. I find it an honor to help families find peace with one of the most selfless decisions they will ever make and that feeling is what led me to Lap of Love. Our pets give us so much love and change our lives forever, and we will always cherish the sweet memories of times we had together.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France  

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 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.

"I don't remember which veterinarian was able to help us. My brain was a mush that day. There were things that I wish I could remember and some things I wish I could forget. But I am ever grateful for the Lap of Love team. They were able to come after hours and made the whole thing is manageable is it could possibly have been. It's a team I hope I never have to see again. But it I know that if I do I will be in good hands."

Jenn Drilea
St Petersburg, Florida

"I can't thank Dr. Anna enough for helping Maggie get her angel wings so peacefully. She was amazing. My prayers were answered having Dr. Anna come to set Maggie free.

I am also grateful that she brought another vet (and I apologize as her name slipped my mind) that wanted to be there as well. There are so few people that want to treat/help pigs that now there may be additional veterinarians available going forward willing to see pigs. Lap of Love was really the only one that was willing to help Maggie pass.

Thank you Lap of Love- you always make the worst days the absolute best they can be for our loved ones passing. From the caring people that take the initial call and get everything set up, to the veterinarian that help our loved ones over the rainbow bridge, and to the support staff that help us as we go thru the grieving process after they are gone. I am forever grateful for all of you!"

Jules R
Lutz, Florida

"I'll start my testimonial with those behind the scenes as they were also exceptionally great to deal with. Victoria called me with such compassion for what I was going through and assured me I was doing what was best for my loved one. With her help, I was able to continue on with the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my life. So many thanks to Victoria!

Dr. Anna was amazing. I opened the door upon her arrival for her to find me balling my eyes out. First thing she did was give me a big hug and showed me she had much compassion for what I was about to go through with. She ensured me we would go at my pace, and she was very patient with me and Chico (he kept smelling all in her bag and was being very inquisitive). She not only talked me through it but also Chico and his sister Precious. She was very gentle with us both and made this time a much easier experience, knowing Chico was comfortable in his own home.

I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone that has to make this difficult decision to end the life of a loved one, but also giving them the gift of no longer suffering."

Monique Patin
Plant City, Florida

"Dr. Anna was very compassionate and respectful to both our Brunio and the family. I have recommended Lap of Love for any future needs to help a loved one pass with the comfort of their last moments at home."

Cheryl Kelly
Spring Hill, Florida

"Absolutely the best experience of dealing with pet loss. The closure is so important for all. The compassion and love from Lap of Love is authentic. We are beyond grateful for the peace that you provide us in these difficult times."

Alicia Mendoza
Lutz, Florida

"Dr Anna is an incredibly thoughtful and compassionate woman. We asked her why she did this. She said from her own experience she felt there could be a better way for families going through these life altering events and she wanted to help those families. Her intuitions were spot on. She knew when to move forward and when to step back allowing us the time we needed to move onto the next step in the process. Her gentle and soft demeanor was of great comfort during her time with us and we will always be eternally grateful to her for helping THIS family during our life altering event."

Kirsten Heald
Valrico, 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

Emergency Clinic

  (813) 265-4043

Tampa Bay Vet Emergency Services

Emergency Clinic

  (727) 531-5752

Tampa Bay Vet Specialist in Largo

Pet Loss Support Group

  (727) 397-7387

Pinellas Animal Foundation

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
“My dear Lissy,
I can't believe you've been gone 6 months. I still see your white tail flickering around the corners. I still hear your distinct jingle throughout the house. I think of you and Rocky bear often. Although you're resting together, side-by-side in the back yard, I wish you were both still running around in here. I miss your ...
Jenn Drilea
September 12, 2019
“Maggie....who ever knew I could love a pig so much! You were such an opinionated porcine. You had such a personality and charisma no one could ignore, and if they did you would make sure they knew you were there! It was the hardest decision to let you go, but as much as I wanted you here with me I knew I had to do what was best for you and say ...
Jules R
September 12, 2019
“In loving memory of my baby boy, Chico. I know in my heart that you are now at peace and no longer suffering from pain!

You gave me 13+ years of unconditional love and loyalty, and for that I am forever grateful.

Until we meet again...you are missed by your sister, Precious, and your mommy so much!”
Monique Patin
September 12, 2019
“We rescued our greyhound Brunio at age 8. We had the honor of giving him his furever home for his remaining 5+ years. He brought us much warmth and happiness. He loved both people and all dogs. He was our neighborhood pet and loved by many. He was the kind and gentle with everyone he met.
He will always be in our hearts and missed deeply...”
Cheryl Kelly
September 9, 2019
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

Owned And Operated

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

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