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Western Medicine

Many pets are now benefiting from a combination of Eastern and Western mobile vet services.  While Eastern therapies include services such as acupuncture, herbology and food therapy, Western medicine focuses more on traditional protocols such as vaccinations, surgery and pharmaceuticals.

If you have any questions about our integrative approach to veterinary medicine or any of our services, we would welcome the opportunity to chat with you


Western veterinary medicine plays an important role in the
overall health of your pet. There is no doubt that advances
in Western medicine have saved lives - and will continue to
save lives. Below you will find information about some of the
more common Western vet services that we provide as part
of our integrative approach to pet care.

  • Wellness Exams

From puppyhood and kittenhood through end-of-life, wellness exams are integral to your pet’s overall health and well-being. It is during these wellness exams that we examine your pet from nose to tail. We’ll check your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, teeth, gums, skin, lymph nodes, abdominal area, and listen to the heart and lungs.  It is during these wellness exams that we often discover issues that, if left untreated, could cause your pet to become ill. Keep in mind that dogs and cats don’t always show that they’re in pain or are experiencing unusual symptoms. An annual wellness exam is crucial.

  • Illness Exams

Your pet can receive high quality care in the comfort of their own home. Some issues can be exacerbated by a stressful trip to the vet. Likewise, some symptoms can be masked by the rush of adrenaline. We’ve heard many pet owners report that their dogs suddenly stopped limping as soon as they walked in the door of a veterinary clinic. Pets are less likely to experience stress if evaluated in their own home.  House call exams also help us to see your pet’s living environment, which surprisingly often helps us to diagnose the problem and better treat your pet.

  • Vaccinations

We believe that there is a place in this world for vaccines. They have eradicated so many horrific diseases in a relatively short period of time. However , what is a good vaccine for one patient may not necessarily be a good vaccine for another patient. Likewise, there will be individual differences in family philosophy towards vaccinations. We understand these differences and will work with you not to change your mind  about vaccines but to discuss the issues, studies and concerns, and allow you to make an educated decision. We believe strongly in not giving multiple vaccinations at one time but rather spreading them out over a period of time. 

If you are unsure if your pet should have vaccinations, please contact us for an appointment . We can go over the risks/benefits of each vaccination and help you make the choice that is right for you.

  • Blood Tests

Again, because your pet can’t tell us how they are feeling, we rely not only on examinations but also on other diagnostics, such as blood tests, to get the true picture of your pet’s health. We can detect kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes and many other treatable/manageable/sometimes curable conditions based on blood tests. Many of these diseases go undiagnosed - as pets usually exhibit no physical symptoms until it’s too late.

  • Heartworm Screening

Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos, and this disease is life threatening to your pet. We recommend year round heartworm prevention and yearly blood testing.

  • FeLV/FIV Testing

We recommend FeLV/FIV testing for all kittens and regular testing for cats that spend any time outdoors. Knowing the status of these diseases is vital for maximizing his/her health for as long as possible, and also for preventing the spread of the disease.

  • Nutritional Consultation

Nutrition for your pet is very important - and let’s face it - the food aisles at pet-stores can be overwhelming, particularly now when so many foods are popping up on recall lists. We are happy to help you choose the best diet for your pet - whether they are ill or well. We believe nutrition is so important that in many circumstances we’ll make a field trip to the store.

  • Anesthetic Procedures / Surgery / Dentistry

If your pet requires sedation or anesthesia, you will be referred to a local veterinary hospital with which we have an affiliation and to veterinarians we trust and have worked with in the past.

  • Emergencies

We do our best to assist with pet emergencies, but this isn't always possible with our mobile practice. We'll listen to your concerns and answer your questions, but we might need to refer you to a hospital or animal clinic that is properly equipped and staffed in order provide your pet with emergency care.

Client reviews

Dr. Turenne has been taking care of my dogs for well over ten years.  From puppyhood, into the mid years, and on into old age, she’s seen them through, with unfailing attention, care and compassion.  She’s a skilled clinician, and knows when to be conservative and when to be aggressive in treatment.  Trained in canine acupuncture, she brought my ailing, arthritic 14 year-old dachshund back to walking shape.  Now 16, he’s still able to get out for his meandering, moseying walks in the neighborhood.  I am so pleased that Dr. Turenne is continuing her practice – and now does house calls!  I don’t know what my ‘guys’ (and me) would do without her.

Ellen J., Rudi and Scooter

I have known “Dr. Monica”  for  11+ years when she started caring for my cat Max.  Since then she has come to know my two dogs Molly and Emma as well…we have all become great friends!  All the professional care Dr. Turenne has provided over the years has been unmatched.  Whether it was for routine immunizations, lab checks and dentals…it was all provided with the utmost of professionalism and tender loving care. One of the scariest experiences I have ever known happened late last summer/early Fall when Molly experienced a side effect from Prednisone.  She had a GI bleed and pancreatitis.  Dr. Monica did not hesitate to refer us to a specialty facility right away  - a decision that without a doubt saved Molly’s life. There are no words to thank you, Dr. Monica…for all your intuition, your knowledge, your advocacy in calling ahead to the specialty hospital/doctors , not to mention your tender loving care, and your emotional support during that time.  I can’t tell you how much it mean to have your interceding (Molly and me) and interpreting between those specialists and me – even on the weekends and evenings , when it was above and beyond your call…

Dr. Monica ,  your’re the best!  We will miss you in the office but you are welcome in our home anytime!

Cyndee Roost, Molly and Emma