PROGRAM CURRENTLY FULL -
We will re-open the program and update this page as soon as we are able to. Anticipated availability for new patient intake is April 2024, when we will be adding in home veterinary acupuncture services to our hospice offerings.
At this time (February 2024) the only other trained (non-certified) home hospice provider we are aware of is Dr Carol Springs at (864) 210-3803.
In Home Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC)
Our hospice program is bond-centered, meaning we not only focus on providing the best care to your senior pet, we focus on supporting you and your family as you go through this journey with them. This includes educating families about their pet's disease or condition and what to expect as they decline, assisting with recognizing and managing pain and other symptoms, and being there to support you all through all of the uncertainty along the way. Alissa uses integrative medicine in a personalized care plan for each patient to help them have the best quality of life for as long as possible. This may include physical, complementary, and alternative medicine (including physical therapy exercises, PEMF, massage; acupuncture coming soon!), Western herbal medicine, nutrition & nutraceuticals (supplements), aromatherapy (pheromones), and pharmaceuticals.
Entry into our hospice program starts with an in home assessment which needs to be scheduled at least 3 days in advance to allow for full preparation including receiving records & reviewing medical history (required: your pet must have seen their primary vet within the last 6-12 months).
If you are caring for a senior pet, we suggest checking out the Pet Caregiver Burden website. You cannot take the best care of your pet if you are not taking care of yourself as well.
In Home Assessment (hospice care only at this time)
Starts at $500*** (distance/travel time fees will apply)
***Please note that this fee does not include 24/7 concierge access to care and it does not guarantee we can assist with an emergency euthanasia if we already have appointments scheduled.***
It can be difficult for your aging pet's primary veterinarian to get an accurate idea of their pain or quality of life levels. Many pets are stressed or excited to be at the clinic, and adrenaline may mask symptoms. And in fact, pet caregivers (owners) are the BEST judges of how their pet is doing, but sometimes they need help to know just what to look for.
Prior to your pet's appointment, Alissa will do a thorough review of history (including medical records prior to the appointment which can take several hours if extensive), prepare a customized packet of educational materials & supporting literature for caretakers, and design & prepare for multiple treatment plans and options to fit you AND your pet's needs best - with hospice care, time is usually critical and so we may bring medications to the appointment if they are difficult to source and need to be started quickly. The appointment will include comprehensive discussion of the above as well as assessment of the home and a physical exam to help guide you through end of life decision making for your beloved pet. If your pet is a candidate, an initial myofascial exam and acupuncture treatment session will also be included at no additional cost at this appointment. A care plan that is achievable (not every senior cat is going to take oral medications easily!) and will help your pet the most will be finalized together with you and Alissa working as a team. A complete summary of the appointment will be sent to you within 24 hours so that you do not even have to worry about taking notes - you can focus on your pet the whole time. Hospice/palliative care treatment plans may include medications (not included in assessment cost), physical therapy/massage, home modifications and more. While we do have limited diagnostic testing available (see below), she may also recommend you have your pet examined and a workup completed (diagnostic treatment including bloodwork +/- imaging etc) at their primary veterinarian if this has not been performed recently. Please note that we are not a primary veterinarian and we do require you maintain a relationship with your pet's primary veterinarian to allow for fullest support and best care for your pet. Hospice care for your pet through Faithful Hearts also includes strong support for you and your family including regular check-ins and giving you the ability to reach out for answers and help as often as you need.
***Depending on if your pet qualifies for early hospice or advanced hospice, the first 1-3 months of communications and care plan management are included complimentary with the assessment. Fo r our average hospice patient this includes 6 - 8 treatments (including physical, complimentary, and alternative medicine modalities & medications) managed acutely or chronically at any one time and 10+ hours of ongoing daily to biweekly communication access (we are available to help manage care plans and questions for our hospice patients 7 days a week currently) and treatment plan management. What continued enrollment into our hospice program includes and what ongoing costs will be are discussed at this time, as we need to meet you and see your pet in order to best tailor it to your and their needs.
If you are interested in scheduling an in home assessment for your pet please start by submitting this questionnaire and having medical records emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information first, please call, text, or email us at email@example.com. The records & questionnaire for each pet will be reviewed prior to scheduling, to ensure your pet may be a candidate for this care program. Services may be denied if your pet does not qualify as being yet in need of hospice care or is not a suitable candidate based on the info provided.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Due to the extensive amount of pre-planning and the time allotted for in home assessments, we ask that if cancelling you give 48 hours notice in advance. Otherwise a $125 cancellation fee may be applied. If the appointment is not cancelled and we arrive for an appointment but service is no longer needed, a cancellation fee of the full cost of the assessment + any distance fees will be applied.
Our assessments typically take 90-150 minutes. If after the assessment, humane euthanasia is opted for at the same appointment, the euthanasia fee will be discounted to $100.
Distance/travel times (1 way, from our office, MAX OF 1 HOUR)
30-44min = +$25
45-60min = +$50
Hospice / Palliative Care Rechecks
At the in home assessment Alissa will discuss with you what category your pet best fits into: palliative, early hospice, or advanced hospice. Depending on where your pet fits and on what level of support you need as a caregiver, we will check in with regularly with texts or emails (or phone calls if needed) and we will be available to answer questions and address concerns.
Fees and requirements for recheck appointments to stay enrolled in our HPC program, customized to you and your pet's needs, will be discussed and outlined at the in home assessment.
In Home Quality of Life Consult (standalone, no ongoing care)
*Currently offered Mon/Thurs/Fri 9am-5:30pm, must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance*
These are brief consult appointments for those not interested in hospice or palliative care, but wanting guidance on deciding if humane euthanasia is an appropriate choice for their pet at the current time. Please have any most recent diagnostic results available for review at the appointment or submit them to us beforehand (may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org). If humane euthanasia is not chosen based on the consult, a small packet of resources will be left with the family.
The costs for these appointments (including housecall, physical exam, & consult) are based on distance/drive times and are as follows for consults 30min or less:
$175 (<30min one way from our office, mapped at time of appointment request)
$200 (31-44min one way)
$250 (45-59min one way)
Additional time $25/15min, maximum 1 hour
Please contact us or submit an info form to get specific pricing for your location.
Limited diagnostics (see below) can be performed for additional fees, with advanced notice. Dr. Anderson will discuss her diagnostic recommendation(s) with you at the consult.
PLEASE NOTE, these are the typical outcomes for a consult:
1) If humane euthanasia is not recommended and further care is desired, a full hospice assessment may be scheduled.
2) If humane euthanasia is not recommended and further care is desired, we may refer you back to your pet's regular vet for workup and treatment.
3) If humane euthanasia is recommended, an in home or comfort room euthanasia may be scheduled.
If humane euthanasia is opted for and time allows at the same appointment (NOT GUARANTEED), the euthanasia cost will be discounted to $175 (size fees apply).
At these appointments we will require the caregivers sign a waiver acknowledging that Faithful Hearts/Dr. Anderson are not taking on providing ongoing patient care and these are stand-alone appointments. If appropriate we can recommend and/or prescribe short-term medications through our online pharmacy.
*Costs below include blood draw, medical supply, & biologic waste disposal fees
Blood chemistry panel $120
Some specific test panels with advanced notice
Quality of Life Concerns
We understand that a full in home assessment or consult may not be necessary or practical for all families. If you feel that it may be time to let your pet go, but are uncertain, visiting our blog post here may be helpful. We do not charge for brief phone conversations to help walk you through these difficult decisions, and we can email additional resources if needed.