Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$260

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.

Euthanasia$260

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.

Geriatric Consultation$260

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.

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), 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. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
For pets under 15 pounds$240
For pets 15 - 49 pounds$265
For pets 50 - 99 pounds$290
For pets 100 - 124 pounds$320
For pets 125 - 150 pounds$375
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

Communal Cremation
For pets under 15 pounds$100
For pets 15 - 49 pounds$120
For pets 50 - 99 pounds$140
For pets 100 - 124 pound$160
For pets 125 - 150 pounds$200
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

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.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Dr. Leann

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.

 

 

About 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 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 Kunde
San 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 Metzger
Coronado, 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 Marshall
Carlsbad, 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 Raiano
Valley 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 Keaveny
Ramona, 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 DeFrancesco
San Diego, California

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (619) 462-4800

Pet Emergency Specialty Center

  (858) 875-7500

Veterinary Specialty Hospital

  (760) 291-8510

California Veterinary Specialists

  (619) 299-7012

San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support

  (858) 909-0009

San Diego Pet Memorial Park

Pet Loss Support Group

  (760) 436-6798

San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program

Service Area

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.

Pet Memorials
“It is hard to find the words to express the feelings that come along with the loss of our beloved Bella. She was the heart of our family. I never knew I could miss her as much as I do. She was the light in our life. We miss her so much, but we also know that she is at peace now and is not in pain. Bella is forever in our hearts. She will ...
Jacqueline Kunde
October 17, 2018
“My sweet sweet Ashley. You slept next to my pillow each night as to keep a close eye on me. You were my “alarm clock” each morning by dabbing me with your paw to ensure I got up on time. I was fortunate to have you in my life for 16 years and I miss you everyday. It’s just so sad to not see you in the window seat I created for you. You would ...
Sue Marshall
September 19, 2018
“Akosha was an amazing friend and loved everyone and everything she met. While we had wanted her to be a pet therapy dog to take to children's hospitals we soon found out that she was too loving and couldn't stop licking everyone. She loved to cuddle and adored my cats, rats, turtles and anything she could mother. Rest in peace Baby Girl.”
Brandie Keaveny
August 18, 2018
“Buster, you spent the last 15 years giving me unconditional love and companionship. You were my co-pilot, adventure buddy, snuggle pillow, protector, and my best friend. And you were the best big fur brother Starla could ask for. You're now in a place where you can escape the yard without getting in trouble, chase squirrels all day long, and eat ...
Dawn DeFrancesco
August 12, 2018
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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.

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