Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


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.


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.


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. 


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.



"Well, I,, have to say....I am proundly grateful for Lap of Love, and Dr Leann Sargeant

They provide such an important hospice service.

Dr Sargeant, is so caring and gentle and sweet,

She made Trixie's passing dignified and at home.....and as gentle as could be.

Thank you, Dr. Sargeant and Lap of Love"

Chula Vista, California

"Dr. Leann was very kind and feeling in this time of great stress. She patiently explained all our options and listened to our concerns while carefully explaining the process and what we could expect. She was born for this job and anyone who has a cherished pet would be lucky to have her there. Jake was like a brother to me and she showed empathy and understanding of what this was doing to me. I greatly appreciate her abilities and would never say goodbye to a loved pet in any other way except in the home he loved. Thanks Dr. Leann."

Michael May
Escondido, California

"Dr. Leann was very knowledgeable, she reviewed Noah's entire chart and discussed all options including hospice, he was just too far gone and I couldn't see it. She had to be the advocate for him. I was blinded, trying to save him at whatever cost, not realizing there was nothing else that could be done for him. I wanted to confirm we were making the right decision. She was compassionate, understanding and was very clear about what to expect. I never wanted to do this to my beloved cat and this is the only way I would ever recommend doing it. We put our dog down at the vet years ago and it was awful having to drive home after that. It was peaceful and quick. I love him and miss him more than anything and miss him every day. Thank you Dr. Leann for giving him peace."

Lorrell Kuhn
San Diego, California

"When you have to say goodbye to your constant furry friend, this lady knows how to make it gentle, peaceful and dignified. I'm so grateful that we found Dr. Leann for Cali."

Shannon Haynes
Jamul, California

"Last night we said an emotional and sweet goodbye to our Jake. We will miss him terribly and cannot thank Leann enough for the compassion and patience she shared with us. She made our final time with Jake peaceful and full of love and that means so very much to us. Thank you for your care and "bedside" manner; you truly have met your calling in what you do and we were lucky to have you with us as we said goodbye."

Jennifer Johnze
Lakeside, California

"There are not enough kind & compassionate words in the dictionary to explain our experience with Dr. Leann. Our contact with Lap of Love started out with Cheryl W. in scheduling who was absolutely the sweetest lady and so supportive! (Thank you so much Cheryl!). Dr. Leann has both the hardest, and the best job in the world because she is just so good at it. Her calming ways helped put both us and our dear mini horse Cooper at ease and made the hard process of euthanasia as comforting as possible. When you have to say goodbye to your furkids, it is extremely emotional and sometimes we want to hide our emotions in front of others... but Dr. Leann feels like family and your pet is never just a number. She genuinely cares about the animals and you can feel that in your heart and soul. She loves on them and makes the process as peaceful as possible. It's hard to lose your pets but it is also comforting to know they are no longer in pain, they got to pass in the comfort of their home, and being able to say goodbye with such love and compassion is absolutely priceless. We can't thank Dr. Leann enough!!"

Val and Ben
Ramona, 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
“We adopted Trixie when she was a wee 8 weeks old. She was such a sweet girl, and enriched and informed our lives all the days of her too short life.. She was so easy to love and gave so much love in return.
We miss her greatly...and we always told her we'll be together forever. So, we are looking forward to being with her again, in the ...
September 12, 2017
“Noah I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I had 17 wonderful years with you and I cherished every moment. They say that pets show us God's unconditional love for us, I believe that. Noah showed me unconditional love and was a faithful companion. I look forward to the day when I will see him again.”
Lorrell Kuhn
August 22, 2017
“It's so hard to let go of the best dog you ever had. So glad we found Dr. Leann. I know we did well by Cali. Happy memories. Sad they couldn't go on forever.”
Shannon Haynes
August 20, 2017
“Gracias por venir Balita - thank you Bala for teaching me how to completely open my heart. Your time here was short, but it was not in vain. Your little life taught me how to give selflessly, how to forgive, how to be present - how to love. By continuing to practice these gifts that you gave me, your timeless energy still touches this world. I ...
Tricia Belmares
July 24, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 711143
Santee, CA 92072

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