Dr. Alexis Tischler
Dr. Alexis Tischler was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Teaching. She then attended Colorado State University in pursuit of her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. While attending CSU she served as a manager and volunteer for their Pet Hospice Program & has known since her early years of veterinary school that her true calling was to work in end-of-life veterinary care. She has always found herself the most fulfilled by being able to help owners during this most delicate time of their beloved pet’s life.
After graduating, Dr. Alexis became one of only a couple of hundred veterinarians in the world to be certified in animal hospice and palliative care by the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care & is also certified by the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy.
In her spare time, Dr. Alexis makes the most of her New York lifestyle by putting some time aside for cooking and shopping. She lives in Farmingdale with her husband, Paul, and their mini zoo which includes their three dogs (Letty, Keiko & FroYo), two cats (Simba and Chubbs), hamster (Ricotta), dumerils boa (Shenron), and their playful chinchilla (Olive).
Dr. Alexis Tischler is honored to now be able to serve New York pets
& their loving families
across Nassau County, Suffolk County & Queens.
Why Comforted Companions?
Compassionate End-of-Life Veterinary Care
Comforted Companions Veterinary Care strives to provide compassionate, professional end-of-life veterinary services to every Long Island family who welcomes us into their home. Dr. Alexis is pleased to address any and all questions you may have concerning your pets well-being. With Comforted Companions you will never feel rushed or pressured to make a decision that you are not comfortable with & should you decide that you are not quite ready to say goodbye just yet, Dr. Alexis can help you decide on the time that might be best for you and your pet.
Each service offered by Comforted Companions Veterinary Care is provided with the following unique standards of care:
A compassionate, individualized experience for each family
Always communicate directly with Dr. Alexis from first contact through final appointment
Expertise in palliative & hospice care backed by an internationally recognized certification.
Complementary comfort packages & pet loss support booklets.
Handouts and resources provided for families regarding children and pet loss and addressing other pets in the home
Flexible days/hours scheduled around client demand to best accommodate all families.
Reasonably priced appointments, late-night appointments and weekend fees.
Social Media memorial posts to honor the pets we said goodbye to the week prior
Partnership with a local pet loss support specialist to ensure families recieve the most complete care and assistance, even after the passing of a beloved pet. (Please see Grief Support tab for more details)
Comforted Companions Veterinary Care offers a number of appointment options that will allow you to make the right decision for you and your family all of which are outlined in the Our Services section.
Prices vary for each appointment based on home location, day/time, and type of appointment, as well as other variables. Please contact us to get an individualized quote based on your specific needs.
*Due to the nature of her mobile practice, Dr. Alexis is unable to perform diagnostics and will always recommend that you continue working with your pet’s primary care veterinarian in the event that you are seeking further answers or more advanced diagnostic testing and treatment.
*Please note that Dr. Alexis reserves the right to decline any pet euthanasia.*
While uncommon, Dr. Alexis wants to make sure that the right decision is being made for the entire family, including your pet. Discussing your pet’s health status and quality of life with Dr. Alexis will help her to best guide your decision. Dr. Alexis is a sole practitioner. She is unfortunately unable to assist with aggressive & feral cases. These cases are best addressed under the supervision of a full veterinary team in a clinical setting. This is to ensure the proper level of safety & care for your pet and your family.
Quality of Life Assesment
By phone - 9am-9pm - Starting at $100 / In home - 9am-4pm - Starting at $200
The most common question asked in regard to pet euthanasia is:
“How will I know when it's time?”
The quality of life assessment is best for families who understand that their pet’s condition is declining and need assistance deciding when the time to say goodbye is most appropriate. The appointment runs approximately 30 to 45 minutes, can be conducted either in the home or over the phone & includes a packet of resources will be emailed for review with your family.
Hospice & Palliative Care Evaluation
9am-4pm (please book 24hrs in advance) - Starting at $300 (rechecks starting at $150)
A hospice evaluation includes a quality of life assessment as well as the development of a hospice care plan for your pet which will likely include pain management, symptomatic control through medications and fluids, environmental modifications, and diet changes as needed with the goal of making your pet’s remaining time as comfortable as possible.
While animal hospice and palliative care is fully supported, it must be recognized that not all animals are hospice candidates & you'll be receiving our professional opinion on what the best medical & ethical course of action is for your companion animal. The hospice evaluation appointment runs anywhere from an hour to two hours.
9am-9pm - Starting at $300
Every in home pet euthanasia appointment starts with a discussion about your pet, their condition, and your wishes for their care to make sure everyone in your family is on the same page. The euthanasia process will be explained in full detail, this allows you to feel prepared & better able to focus on your pet. Questions or concerns are welcomed at any point throughout the appointment & families are given as much time as they need with their pet before, during, and after.
*Please note: Euthanasia appointments are typically one hour. This is to ensure that Dr. Alexis is able to help as many families as possible who require her services, especially in emergencies.
In the event a family is in need of extra time or requests a quality of life discussion prior to a euthanasia, the additional cost for veterinary consultation time will be billed hourly.
Post-Passing Care & Cremation
9am-9pm - Starting at $150
In the event your pet passes away on their own, Comforted Companions Veterinary Care is available to come to your home to help make final arrangements and transport your pet to the crematory for body care.
Private Cremation: includes transportation, cherry wood box urn & engraved nameplate.
Delivery options for ashes will be discussed during the appointment,
Pickup at your local veterinarians office within 2 weeks is most common.
1-49lbs $325 - 50-99lbs $350 - 100-149lbs $375 - 150+lbs call for quote
Communal Cremation: includes transportation & cremation only
Ashes are scattered within a reserved area on the crematory property rather than returned.
1-49lbs $125 - 50-99lbs $150 - 100-149lbs $175 - 150+lbs call for quote
Scheduling & Additional Fees
Please note that all appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Therefore it is recommended that you contact us prior to your desired appointment day and time to inquire about availability for the week.
Please note that appointments are weather permitting and while Dr. Alexis will do her best to keep every appointment, most snow days may need to be rescheduled.
In addition to the starting prices listed above, the following small additional fees will apply based on day, time & location.
Evening: 5-7pm $25 - 7-9pm $50 - 9pm-7am $200 - 7am-9am $50
Weekend: Saturday & Sundays $25
Distance: West of Cross Island Pkwy $50 - West of Van Wyck Expressway. - Please call for quote
East of Rt-111 $25 - East of Rt-112 $50 - East of Wading River Rd./Wading River Manor Rd. - Please call for quote
Additional Time: In the event a family is in need of any additional doctor discussion/consultation time throughout the regularly scheduled appointment the additional time is billed at an hourly rate of $100/hour.
Cancellations: Should an appointment be cancelled less than two hours prior to arrival there is a cancellation fee of $75 as this is not enough notice to then help another family in need. In the event the doctor arrives to your home and you elect to cancel at that time, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged due to time and travel costs.
Holidays: Appointments on the following holidays incur a $50 fee: New Years Eve (after 3PM), New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (after 3PM) & Christmas Day.
Discounts: Comforted Companions Veterinary Care happily offers discounts to seniors, police officers, firemen, active and retired military, and those that work in the veterinary profession. Thank you for your service!!
Please contact us for your individualized quote & Dr. Alexis can walk you through the appointment in full detail as well as answer any questions and address any of your concerns.