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 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. 


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.



"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 Gulihur
Santee, 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 Graham
San Diego, California

"Dr. Leann,

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 Stanley
Escondido, California

"Leann you made the process of Hurley’s end of life as easy and peaceful as we could have wished for. Thank you for walking and talking us through the process. It made for a great experience in the worst of moments. We are grateful for what you do and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

P.S. - Hurley sends his love too!"

Scott Panfil
San Diego, California

"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

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
“Tinkerbell, words can't express the joy you have given our family. I got you at 7.5 weeks old and you were the runt. Your sister Petunia went with my Mom. You 2 were only ones that survived birth. Your Mama went into early labor and had you all on a leather sofa. Only 2 baby pugs survived. Even you the tiniest runt. I knew the moment I laid eyes, ...
Summer Gulihur
November 8, 2017
“In loving memory of Merlot. Thank you for all the joy you brought to us. One of the sweetest boys ever. I will cherish every moment spent with you. I will see you at the Rainbow Bridge some day....Love you forever big boy.....Love, Mom, Dad, Lauren, Katie, Dolce and Ruby”
Mindy Graham
October 10, 2017
“Every April, the cherry blossom trees explode in color and gentle beauty. The fragile leaves are thick on the tree branches, and colorful – for a week or 10 days. As suddenly as they appear, they are gone.

The Japanese people see the cherry blossoms as a metaphor for life – beautiful, fragile, and fleeting.

In America, we note the ...
Greg & Rachiel Stanley
October 1, 2017
“Hurley was the best dog (friend and brother) our family could have ever hoped for. He brought so much love and happiness to our home. Hurley's passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and a stifling silence in our home. He will be remembered for making all the lives he touched better. He will be forever missed and loved. We are so thankful ...
Scott Panfil
September 30, 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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