San Diego & Surrounding Areas
Dr. Leann will be unavailable from June 23rd - 27th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.
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 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
"Thank you Lap of Love.
Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your compassion at our time of need. Dr. Leann Sargeant was a God send. With her kindness and loving heart, she made our beloved Butter Toast transition from the Physical World into the Spirit World. Peacefully."
Russell BelcherSan Diego, California
"Dr. Leann has a wonderfully calming presence which really helps. She very knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to help. Thanks so much for helping Dakota."
Brenda HemsingLakeside, California
"Skeeter was a street dog my Son met in college while in Chico. When he moved back to town he found an apartment which of course did not allow pets, so we got a GrandDog. Skeeter and I had trouble bonding until our first 4th of July where this 100 LB Lab tried to climb in my lap because he was scared of fireworks. From then on he and I were best buds. He got older, and had trouble getting up from the slippery wooden floor. This got worse and worse, plus he was having breathing issues. Last Sunday it got to a point that he just couldn't get around any more, plus breathing was becoming labored.
We had set up an appointment with another company to have him put to sleep, but the situation was so grave that night we knew he shouldn't suffer any more. We called Lap Of Love Monday morning, and Dr. Leann was there within 2 hours. We talked about whether we were doing the right thing. I was so conflicted, I didn't want him to be in excruciating pain, but didn't want to let go quite yet. Dr. Leann assured my Wife and I that it was time. She was kind, caring, considerate, yet upbeat making this time much easier. Skeete got treats up until the end, and to a Lab that is the ultimate sendoff. Thank you Dr. Leann for your kind compassionate handling of a sad situation. We'll never forget you and have already recommended Lap Of Love to anyone who will listen."
Rob DeZoniaCarlsbad, California
"Dr. Sargeant was amazing and made an extremely difficult thing much more tolerable. She was sweet, considerate, and didn't rush things. She respected Zoey, and us, making the best of a bad situation. We recommend her to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation with their pet."
Rick UngarEncinitas, California
"Dr. Leann THANK YOU SO MUCH for your loving and caring touch that you shared with my family and I last night. Our loving Boxer, Mia was with us for 14 years. She has always been such a valuable and loving part of our family. As you know Mia was in so much pain and it absolutely broke our hearts see her suffer. You came into our home and provided what is ordinarily an uncomfortable experience and made it a warm, caring and respectful process. Mia passed in a peaceful and loving environment and I know she felt how much we love and care for her. She will always be missed and most importantly loved by me and my family. You were and are a blessing for families that just can't let their beloved ones go. God Bless you.
Darrin SantosSAN 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