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 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
"Dr. Leann assisted my best friend Olivia on her final day. I could not have asked for a more caring, gentle and loving person. When Dr. Leann first approached, Olivia wagged her tail for the first time in 3 days and looked up at Dr. Leann. I knew Olivia knew that this tender person was going to take her out of her pain and suffering. I took it as a sign, as painful as it was for me, I knew it was time. Dr. Leann took the time to talk to me about the situation and made me confident that I was making the best decision for Olivia. Thank you so much Dr. Leann"
Ann MarentetteSan Diego, California
"I can't stress enough the importance of having someone who is both informative and compassionate present during a time like this. I was an emotional wreck during the process but Dr. Leann educated me on the procedure and expected behavior while offering both kind words and encouragement. After all was completed, I felt better knowing that I made the right decision and chose the right professional. Losing a pet is incredibly difficult but Dr. Leann helped me immensely through that process."
Stephen NelsonSan Diego, California
"Bella hated going to the vet. She would get so worked up and it was just horrible to see her that way. I knew that I did not want her to have to go through all that stress . After researching different home vets, I came across Lap of Love. Dr. Leann was so patient, kind, understanding and thorough. She explained Bella's condition and what was happening with her as well as what the future might look like. She never seemed rushed and I really feel like she had the best interest in not only Bella, but the family. I really cannot say enough about how loving Dr. Leann was and how we appreciated her caring demeanor in such a difficult time."
Cece MaddenSan Diego/La Mesa, California
"Dear Dr. Leann,
Thank you so much for your follow-up email. We are very grateful for everything you did for Oliver. You were very professional and caring with our dog and your gentle style helped ease our anxiety and sadness during the procedure. We greatly appreciate all of your guidance and the detailed medical explanations. Our dog Oliver went to heaven in a very calm, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere thanks to you! We certainly miss him but he will always be in our hearts and memories. Thanks again for being part of Oliver’s final good night. Our deepest and sincerest Thanks Dr. Leann, and Sweet Dreams Oliver!
The Sumner’s (Steve, Mina, Chris & AJ)"
Steve SumnerChula Vista, California
"Dr. Leann was simply wonderful. She made Bubba (and us) comfortable from the second she walked in, and talked to us about the issues he was facing, and helped us feel comfortable with the difficult decision to let Bubba go. The process was very loving and made the transition easy for all of us. If you are facing this difficult time with your pet, please be assured that you can trust her to make it the best possible experience for you and your pet. The gift of having Bubba happy and relaxed, in his own bed, with the people he loved most around him was just priceless. Many Thanks from our hearts, Dr. Leann."
Kim AposporosSan 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