San Diego & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
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 an examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition and discuss symptom management, including pain and anxiety. We will 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 engraved wooden urn 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 you for an additional fee.
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 out to sea.
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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Leann Sargeant, DVM
I grew up in Southern California and have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a young child. Throughout my childhood and adult life, I have surrounded myself with dogs, cats, and horses. Animals have always been an integral part of my happiness and well-being. I attended Kansas State University for veterinary school, moved to Washington State for my internship, and was lucky enough to move back to San Diego, CA to work in private practice. During my career, I have worked with many different species and have seen the bond between people and a great variety of animal family members. I have had a special interest in geriatric medicine in various species and am constantly in search of the best methods and medications to improve mobility, comfort, and quality of life.
My passion for veterinary hospice and end of life care was sparked by a special bond with a French Bulldog named Bella. She was diagnosed with cancer at four years of age and I was devastated. I knew my time with her would be short, but it would be cherished. As her quality of life started to decline, I began searching for in home care to be sure she wouldn’t suffer. As it turned out at the time, there were very few options for in home small animal care. Helping Bella through her last days on earth made me realize that was how I wanted to help other families. EVERY pet should have the option of being with their family and in their own home where they feel safe and peaceful for this final step.
While making the decision to say goodbye to a family member never gets easier, I feel honored to assist and guide others through the process. The human animal bond is a sacred one and I strive to strengthen that bond by alleviating suffering with dignity and peace.
"Dr Leann was very comforting and helpful. She was great. I do appreciate this service. Thank you Dr Leann for your compassion and your kind words.
Warm regards, David Hagle"
David HagleSan diego, California
"Thank you Dr. Leann for being there for us when we needed you. We appreciate your kindness and compassion more than we can say. We are grateful for the loving care you gave our baby the last hour of her life and beyond. We can not thank you enough."
Alice KinsmanSD, California
"Leann was so kind, so patient, so loving-our Boomer went right to her, licked her, wagged his tail-it's like he knew she was there to help, not hurt.
She also helped us know that our decision was a good one, in spite of how hard it was to make at that time. The procedure was explained in detail and was followed to the letter.
Thanks again for providing a service that helped ease of hearts just a tiny bit."
San Diego, California
"We had to euthanize our sweet little Brunie today. My wife was distraught and wanted someone to come out right away so I chose the first service that Google showed, and fortunately it was Lap of Love. They were quick and arrived just in time. Dr. Leann was so very kind and sensitive. She took her time and listened to my wife as long as she needed to talk. We've had at-home euthanasia before, but not like this. Lap of Love provided nice touches that let us know that they cared. We were worried about how our dog's body would be treated at the crematorium, but Dr. Leann told us she had visited the crematorium personally and unannounced and could attest to the fact that it was run by a compassionate family who would treat him with respect and dignity."
Darrien MichaelSan Diego, California
"Dr. Leann was kind and attentive. She listened to our memories of our favorite friend and gave us plenty of time to cherish our last moments with her. Highly recommend this lovely veterinarian."
Gisenyi and Jeremy WansorEncinitas, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Emergency Specialty Center
Veterinary Specialty Hospital
California Veterinary Specialists
San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support
San Diego Pet Memorial Park
San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly service all of San Diego County, including Escondido and Oceanside. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.