I offer mobile veterinary services that integrate the best of Western and Eastern medicine. I provide gentle, gracious and thorough veterinary care for your pets in your home. This includes any outpatient procedures except for radiology.
- House calls
- Vaccinations and alternatives
- Food therapy
- Blood tests and other diagnostics
- Microchip identification
- End of life consultation and counseling
House calls bring me to you. Examination of dogs and cats in their familiar and comfortable environment is often a reliable way to achieve an accurate assessment of their wellness. I serve downtown Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Royal Oak & Sidney.
Examinations include a complete history and physical examination from a Western and Eastern perspective, and recommendations that are tailored individually for each patient’s condition. It is advisable to have your pets examined annually; early detection of clinical conditions permits early intervention.
Vaccinations and alternatives
Vaccinations are important for kittens and puppies to protect them from life threatening diseases. Recent studies suggest that vaccinations often provide immunity for more that one year. I make vaccination recommendations on an individual basis, depending on age, previous vaccination history, travel, and life style.
Vaccinations are not without some risk. I offer an alternative to vaccinations that involves checking a blood sample for antibodies to certain viruses. This gives me information about the level of immunity to those viruses and helps determine whether vaccinations need to be given.
Acupuncture has been practiced in Eastern Medicine for thousands of years. It can be effective in the treatment of many conditions, such as arthritis, allergies, endocrine diseases, spinal trauma, kidney and liver diseases. Acupuncture is used to re-create and maintain balance in the body.
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Good nutrition is essential for health. Food has energetics (energy and vibration), and certain foods have been found to be beneficial to help resolve particular conditions. Food Therapy is another longstanding practice in Eastern medicine.
Blood tests and other diagnostics
Blood tests are sometimes necessary to identify problems that are not detectable on a physical examination. Annual blood tests in geriatric patients are valuable in early identification of metabolic and endocrine diseases.
Blood pressure can be elevated in dogs and cats, and retinal detachment and blindness can result. Checking blood pressure in your home’s familiar and relaxed environment helps achieve a reliable reading that is not temporarily elevated by fear.
Skin scrapings are used to check for skin mites that are too small to be seen without magnification. A small sample of skin cells are placed on a microscope slide and examined under the microscope to look for the parasites.
Swabs from ears and skin are stained and examined under a microscope for bacteria and yeast. It is important to identify the organisms that are causing disease so that the appropriate treatment can be prescribed.
Stool samples are routinely checked microscopically for parasites. In cases of chronic diarrhea a complete diarrhea panel can be done to check more thoroughly for a cause.
Microchips are inserted under the skin and can be scanned to identify your pet. Your pet’s microchip information is kept in a central database, so if your pet is lost or stolen, you can be re-united through the microchip identification record.
End of life consultation and counselling
One of the most difficult and important decisions we make for our pets is to let them go when they no longer have quality of life. It is important for all people involved to take whatever time is needed to feel comfortable and confident with the process. Ongoing conversation can be helpful to overcome initial feelings of guilt and to reach an understanding that euthanasia is a loving gift.
We want our pets to pass peacefully and without fear. Euthanasia in the home allows for families and friends to be present in familiar and comfortable surroundings at the end of their pets’ lives. Options for care of remains can be discussed and decided upon in advance. For some, home burial is possible and desirable; others choose cremation with or without the return of ashes.
Arrangements for cremation, transportation of the pet to the crematorium, and delivery of ashes when requested, are services that I provide.