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 from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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.
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.
"The world holds a few special people to help in times of need. Leann is one of those unique individuals. Thank you for the love and care you showed my Angel."
Greer WilliamsEl Cajon, California
"Dr. Leann was everything she claimed. She was a calm and poised presence as we said goodbye to our beloved golden retriever after 14 years. No complaints; will definitely give her a call when the time comes again for a different pet."
Doug CrewsOceanside, California
"It has been almost a month since we said goodbye to our dear Lily. Words can barely express our gratitude to Dr. Leann for all she did to help us through a very difficult decision. The care and concern she showed to Lily and the compassion shown to Janet and I, made this ordeal much easier. Dr. Leann you will always have a place in our hearts for all you did to help us.
Janet and Tom Szymarek
May 19, 2017"
Tom SzymarekSan Diego, California
"About a month ago I had to say goodbye to my dog, Ajax. He had been with us for 12 years and he was definitely a huge part of our lives. His presence has been missed but I know he is in a better place, with no more discomfort or confusion. When Ajax was failing I knew I was not going to be able to put his 100lb body in my truck to get him the 15 miles to his vet. It would have been too stressful and I didn’t want to put him through it. I did my research online and came across a local veterinary group who made these visits and I made the call. Dr. Leann Sargeant, DVM, showed up at our door in less than 3 hours and I was so happy and relieved to meet her. She is very quiet and kind and put us all at ease as she entered the family room where Ajax rested in his favorite spot. We spent some time talking and my other 2 dogs and my cat all lay around us, perfectly calm. The process of sending your beloved pet over the rainbow is hard for every person who has ever had to do it. I have always been there to say goodbye when any of my other pets had ended their time here, but this experience was different. By having him pass in his home, with no stress and his brothers surrounding him, he just drifted off in complete peace. Even though it is so hard to let go, I was calmed by the process and so happy he was free."
Jana TzinbergSan Diego, California
"Leann was amazing during this time and process. She was gentle and understanding. I knew from the beginning that I needed to do this at home because of Owen's anxiety at the vets. I never once felt like I was being judged for having to put my dog down. She was honest and upfront with me up until the moment Owen took his last breath. Explaining everything to me before hand and as it was happening. It was the best thing I could have done for Owen, and I couldn't have done it without Leann."
Karin RosselotSan Diego, California
"Dr Leann was very comforting and helpful. She was great. I do appreciate this service. Thank you Dr Leann for your compassion and your kind words.
Warm regards, David Hagle"
David HagleSan 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.