The cornerstone of our practice is to provide professional and caring veterinary services that will help your dogs and cats live long, happy, and healthy lives. Our services include: annual wellness exams, senior wellness exams, sick-pet visits, acupuncture and peaceful and private at-home euthanasia.
We perform most of the same diagnostics and treatments as traditional veterinary hospitals. For services that cannot be done at home, such as surgery, dentistry, radiographs (x-rays), and hospitalization, we will refer you to a veterinary clinic in your area.
We will do our best to accommodate requests for same-day appointments whenever possible. Please note that we do not provide emergency service. For a list of animal emergency hospitals, click here.
Physical Exams and Preventive Medicine
At every visit, your pets will receive a comprehensive physical exam, appropriate tests, and all indicated medications. The onset and progression of disease can be subtle. A physical exam enables early detection. We will discuss your issues or concerns and offer recommendations.
The focus of our practice is preventive medicine. Many diseases and conditions can be easily and cost effectively prevented through diagnostic screenings and species appropriate foods. Recommendations are based on individual age and lifestyle.
Preventative measures include:
- Wellness exams
- Tri-annual vaccines & vaccine titers
- Heartworm testing (Annual)
- Parasite checks (Annual fecal exams)
- Bloodwork screening tests
- Vitamin D tests (Dr. Nancy prefers Rx Vitamins for Pets Vitamin D Test Kit with VDI labs)
Dr. Nancy will also consult with you in the following areas to help ensure your pet maintain a high quality of life:
- Exercise & Nutrition
- Parasite Prevention
- Dental Health
- Weight Management
Vitamin D Testing
Are you taking vitamin D yourself? Did your doctor recommend vitamin D supplementation? We all know how important it is to have a normal vitamin D level. Low stores of vitamin D are associated with a wide range of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, infection, Hyperparathyroidism, Inflammatory bowel disease, Feline tooth resorption and kidney disease. Inflammation, both a precursor and a propagator of cancer genesis is, in part, controlled by vitamin D. High risk groups include seniors and those with intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D varies significantly by commercial pet food manufacturer, with most being insufficiently fortified. Daily supplementation is often required to achieve optimum levels
We use the vitamin D Test Kit from Rx Vitamins for Pet. The blood sample is mailed to VDI labs (vdilab.com/page.php?id=76). I use this company because they are knowledgeable in vitamin D testing, they get accurate results, they are inexpensive (pet parents can afford to do this test regularly) and it tells you how much vitamin D to supplement if the results comes back low.
When a suspicious mass is identified, or the dog and cat presents with other indicators common with cancer, TKcanine cancer panel and TKfeline cancer panel are used to detect the presence of neoplastic disease. For more information, please visit this website: vdilab.com/page.php?id=60
Because our animal companions cannot tell us when they are sick, diagnostic tests and screening are needed. For older animals, it is beneficial to have an annual blood screening to provide early detection of diseases such as diabetes, thyroid diseases, kidney disease, and liver disease. Samples for blood panels, fecal exams, urinalysis, biopsies, bacterial cultures can be obtained in the stress-free environment of your home.
Many conditions, such as: vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, lethargy, increased urination, excessive thirst, coughing, and weight loss can be managed with at-home veterinary care. The sooner these problems are assessed, the better the chance of successful treatment and recovery. Patients who need hospitalization or x-rays will be referred to a local veterinary hospital for further care and diagnostics.
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in improving and maintaining our pets' health. We use diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation for health and weight management. We recommend various feeding strategies and diets (commercial and homemade) to support the immune system and enhance the healing process. For older or sick animals, a good diet that provides abundance of easily absorbable nutrients is crucial. For more information, please review my Food Handout at Client Resource page.
Fresh and healthy diets can:
- Support the function of immune system
- Enhance regeneration of cells
- Promotes natural self-healing ability of the body
- Improves enzymatic activity
Acupuncture therapy helps the body heal itself by stimulating specific points that alter biochemical and physiologic conditions. It is one of the safest therapies in holistic medicine. For nearly 4000 years, it had been used to treat conditions including: arthritis, orthopedic injuries, neurologic problems (seizures, disc injuries), kidney disease, gastrointestinal problems, inflammatory diseases, and chronic pain.
Each session lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. Pet owners are welcome to stay with their pets. The initial period treatments are usually one to two times a week for four to six weeks. Depending on your pet's response, the intervals between visits can be extended. Once the condition has been resolved, some pets no longer need acupuncture.
A comprehensive physical, medical, and acupuncture examination is completed prior to initiating treatment. It is important for you to let us know about any physical changes that occur in your pet's health after each sessions.
Pet behavior problems, such as separation anxiety, inappropriate urination and obsessive-compulsive licking, can strain the bond between humans and their pets. Misunderstanding the cause often results in frustrated pet owners. Before diagnosing the problem as behavioral, physical causes must be ruled out. For true behavior problems, we offer treatment options through behavior modification and pharmaceutical interventions.
Simple surgical procedures can be performed with injectable anesthetics in your home. Examples are: abscess treatments, minor trauma, and laceration suturing. Postoperative pain medication is available.
Geriatric Medicine and Hospice Care
One of the main goals of this practice is to improve the quality of life for older pet. They are the ones who benefit most from a home visit because it is less stressful on them. Laboratory test monitoring for most common diseases are important for our older animals since they tend to instinctively mask disease and pain as part of the survival mechanism in the wild. Unfortunately, problems are sometimes not be detected until their later stages. Oftentimes diagnostics performed by a veterinarian in home to monitor your pet's condition are more accurate, and treatment regimens can be more successful without the stress of going back and forth to the veterinary hospital. The quality of life of animals with chronic illness can be improved with fluid support, pain control, nutritional support and holistic therapies such as acupuncture.
In Home Euthanasia
Euthanasia is the last gift of love that you can give to your ailing pets at the end of their lives to help them have a peaceful passing. A loving in-home euthanasia is a gentle and compassionate way to say goodbye to your beloved furry companion. We provide a gentle, caring environment for your pet with sedation that leads to a comfortable sleep before the final drug is administered. Lastly, general care of remains and private cremation services are available.
Please be aware that Dr. Nancy's Wellness Mobile Veterinary Care is not an emergency service and we are not always able to accommodate requests for same-day appointments. If you have a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinary emergency service. Click this link for a list of emergency animal hospitals. For ingestion of poisonous substance, call veterinary emergency hospital or Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 Their website is www.petpoisonhelpline.com
These are a few examples of emergencies that require immediate attention:
- Difficulty breathing
- Pale mucous membranes
- Bleeding profusely
- Suspected poisoning
- Severe vomiting or bloody diarrhea
- Snake bite
- Hives that cause swelling of the eyes and face
- Severe painful lameness
- Inability to walk