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.
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.
Leann Sargeant, DVM
"I was devastated when cancer was affecting the quality of life of my darling dog, Sophie. She was terrified of going to our vet, no matter that she had always been treated with kindness there. I decided to have her euthanized at home, for both of our sakes. I feel so fortunate to have found Lap of Love, and Dr. Leann Sargeant in an online search. Sophie and I were lucky girls, indeed!
Upon arriving, Dr. Leann immediately put me at ease. She was one hundred percent focused on her mission. She spent at least an hour talking to me about the decision, and was very knowledgable about the virulent form of cancer that Sophie had. She gave wonderful counsel, removing guilt and dread from the process.
Sophie was already up on the bed, her favorite place, and I held, petted, and talked to her. She went painlessly and without fear, thanks to Dr. Leann's gentle expertise. With her empathy so apparent, I was able to express my grief fully, without fear of judgement.
Dr. Leann followed up with a kind e-mail and a card. She is remarkably skilled at her chosen path, and is an awesome friend to pets and their people.
Warm regards and thank you, Dr. Leann!
Bonnie McIlvaineVista, California
"Thank you, Leann and Rose, (who help me through the hardest phone call I've ever had to make). I am so thankful that both of you ladies helped us through a very difficult day and assisted my little Cody so he could pass in peace - in the comfort and warmth of his own home - with his parents loving on him and by his side - while he was in his favorite spot on the couch laying in the sunshine. He felt the love that surrounded him and Dr. Leanne was so kind, supportive, assuring and professional - your presence felt like a really good friend. I just wanted to extend my sincere gratitude. I'm so thankful you were there for our family. And, I appreciated the sincere hug. Cody was a perfect, loving cat with a heart-shaped nose that will forever be missed. ❤️ Holly & Jeff"
Holly SeidelSolana Beach, California
"Dr. Leann allowed us to make a peaceful decision about euthanizing Ace. She was gentle, kind, sensitive and warm throughout the process, and made sure that our other dogs experienced the loss in ways she hopes will reduce their grief.
Thank you, Dr. Leann."
Holly HauserSan Diego, California
"I've posted on several sites. I can't begin to say how grateful I am. Dr. LEANN MADE WHAT IS A GUT WRENTCHING DECISION , and helped me remember why and how much I love my animal. The staff and this particular lady is without doubt the most amazing angels. I am humbly and forever grateful."
Summer GulihurSantee, California
"When you first get the diagnosis that your pet has terminal cancer you have so many feelings, sadness, anger, loss, and one big one for me was we were scared. We did not want our dog to suffer. Our Vet recommended "Lap of Love". We are so glad she did. Leann Sargeant, DVM was the Vet that serviced our area. She came to the house for our initial visit and alleviated all of our fears. She helped us understand what to expect etc. When the time came, she was there and made an extremely difficult decision and process much easier. Thank you Leann for being so caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and wonderful."
Mindy GrahamSan Diego, California
Rachiel and I want to thank you for being so wonderful to Gambit, and to us. We can not overstate how you helped Rachiel and I weather this difficult event. You are patient, caring, knowledgeable, and professional. You were warm and so understanding. You truly have a gift. I said a prayer of thanksgiving to God for you at mass this morning. You made a very emotional life event one that Rachiel and I can cherish for the rest of our lives. You provided heartfelt concern and loving support, for Gambit and for us.
Thank you so very much.
Greg & Rachiel Stanley"
Greg & Rachiel StanleyEscondido, 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