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 from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.

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

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 so sweet. She came in and loved our dog. She explained everything and made us feel so comforted. I couldn't imagine doing this any other way than in our home where Token was loved. She gave us a paw print and we got to say our goodbyes. Following the next few days we got a hand written card in the mail. So sweet and personal! Just what I needed. Thank you Dr Leann. Thank you for making this process a little easier with out fur baby ."

Shea Brandt
Santee, California

"Leann was a great help in making this difficult decision.

She handled the procedure with compassion and professionalism.

She's also a wonderful human being, and a champion animal lover.."

Brenda Hemsing
Lakeside, California

"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 Williams
El 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 Crews
Oceanside, 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 Szymarek
San 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 Tzinberg
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
“Today we say goodbye to our best friend Token "Bear". We couldn't have asked for a better fluffy family member to love us and keep us company for 8 long years of his long 15 year life. There are so many things we will miss about our Bear, but he will always be in our hearts and we know he is in a better place and is in good health and in good ...
Shea Brandt
July 16, 2017
“Cocoa was my soul dog, we were as one. She lives on in the very essence of my being which is forever changed by our life together. There is nothing to do now but work through sorrow and fill the voids left with gratitude that we found each other. All the adventures, the hikes, the travels, the games and the quiet moments together remain alive ...
Brenda Hemsing
July 7, 2017
“I will miss my Angel Girl and I will always feel her beside me.
Angel made me a better person.”
Greer Williams
June 27, 2017
“O's,

It's been week since you left the physical world. I miss you buddy. I miss giving you bellies. I miss your tail wags. I still look for you laying in your bed. You were our protector. There's no more barking at strange noises or the delivery man. I hear things more now that I know you aren't here to warn me. You, O's, were so much ...
Karin Rosselot
April 29, 2017
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