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 to you.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Leann Sargeant, DVM
"Dr. Leann was very kind during this difficult time in our lives. She was so calm and explained everything thoroughly. You could feel how passionate she is and how much she cares. Bella was our first pet as a family and she truly was a blessing in our lives. Having the opportunity to say goodbye in our own home with Dr. Leann. If someone ever wanted this service I would 100% recommend Dr. Leann."
Jacqueline KundeSan Diego, California
"My husband and I called San Diego Lap of Love because of a recommendation from another resident in Coronado. We knew we would choose to have our cherished golden retriever euthanized at home since our girl, uncharacteristically, hated car rides. Dr. Leann came to our house and we were immediately at ease with her demeanor. Our loving dog also snuggled up and felt safe with her immediately. Together, the four of us, communed on the kitchen floor, Sophie's favorite spot, while she was sedated, while she ate big soft-boiled eggs and roast beef, and then finally was able to sleep- relieved from her struggles and pain. The entire process was comforting. Dr. Leann blended into our family in an effortless, gentle and uplifting way. She made our dreaded decision and process a beautiful one. Sophie passed in a wonderful way. Thank you Dr Leann."
Meridith MetzgerCoronado, California
"Dr. Leann was amazing. She was so kind, gentle and caring. I’m so glad she was there to provide Ashley with a peaceful passing. I could feel her compassion and love for all pets and she eased my husband and I through the process. My husband and I talk about Dr. Leann still and will for a long time. We both agree she has truly found her calling. Both pets and their owners are graced to have her with them in those final moments. Thank you Dr. Leann."
Sue MarshallCarlsbad, California
"I want to begin by saying that this decision is never taken lightly; watching a beloved family member deteriorate with age has to be one of the toughest things to go through. After almost 14 years with our yellow lab, Zachary, it became clear that euthanasia was our only choice to end his suffering. When Dr. Leann arrived to our home, my entire family (including Zachary) felt at ease and safe. There is no other veterinarian I would have chosen for this difficult procedure; Dr. Leann exceeded my expectations way beyond anything I could have hoped for. She was extremely helpful, informative, caring, gentle, and calming for all of us throughout the entire appointment. Losing my big (younger) brother is one of the hardest things my family has endured, but I am so thankful that Dr. Leann was there for our sweet Zachary. The Raiano's thank you so much, Dr. Leann. You will never be forgotten."
Jacquelyn RaianoValley Center, California
"Dr. Leann was amazing. In such a hard time, she helped us know that we were doing the right thing for Akosha and that is really was her time. She spent so much time with us just talking about our memories of good time we had with Akosha over the 15 years. We have two other dogs, which is one reason we chose to do it at home, so they knew she had passed. We will now always do it with Dr. Leann. Dr. Leann even emailed us to see if we were okay and let us know if we ever wanted to talk to let her know. She is the best."
Brandie KeavenyRamona, California
"Dr. Leann was wonderful. From the moment we met, I just felt calm and at ease. I knew Buster was in good hands. She explained everything and treated him like her own. It made an incredibly difficult situation a little easier."
Dawn DeFrancescoSan Diego, 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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 711143Santee, CA 92072