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Dr. Sandra Truli Springer, VMD, CVA, CVFT
Veterinary Medical Doctor
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Certified Veterinary Food Therapist
Phone or Text: (727) 228-2265

Truli Holistic Veterinary Services

or Call toll-free 1 (877) DR TRULI {877-378-7854}

Holistic Medicine Helps Manchester Terrier Thunderstorm Phobia

2016 July 18

Manchester Terrier Hates Thunderstorms

Manchester Terrier has Bad Start in Life

“It was just terrible,” says Buddy’s person of four years, “You wouldn’t believe the filth and neglect he lived in at the junk yard where I got him.” Meet Buddy. The 7-year-old black and tan 35 pound (17 kilo) Manchester Terrier wagged his tail so fast I couldn’t see it. He shoved his nose against my pant leg and tried to crawl into my lap as I sat at the antique carved mahogany dining room table. Luckily, the Persian rug gave him enough grip that his long toenails did not slide out from under him. Over-all, the feeling was happy chaos. Buddy pushed his black and white Pit Bull Terrier friend, Shady, aside, even though she weighed twice as much as he did.

“Now Buddy, let the doctor do her work,” said Marlene, Buddy’s person. Marlene has been rescuing animals since before people called it rescue work. She started with Pit Bulls the courts ordered destroyed in the 1980’s, horses too lame to walk, and Guinea Pigs dropped on the pet shop doorstep with bumble foot and starvation. As a holistic house call veterinarian, Dr Truli was a perfect fit for Marlene’s crew of rescue creatures.

“Marlene, I know I’m here to see Spike (Guinea Pig with viral eye infection from wild rats.) But I am concerned about Buddy’s redness in his eyes. He looks like he could have dry eyes.”

“Oh, yeah, well why don’t you check him out?” Marlene agreed.

Wood Constitution Bossy Dog Health Problems

Buddy was a bossy, stubborn, physically active, moody and loving guy that sometimes caused Shady the Pit Bull to lose her patience and tag him with a little bite.

“You know,” said Marlene, “I have to put him to bed under the covers if there’s a thunderstorm. He just loses it. And remember those liver enzyme elevations from a few years ago when we did blood work?” Marlene is a registered intensive care nurse. She remembers details like that.

Wood Constitution dogs are athletic, bossy, can be aggressive when they are frustrated or angry. They are loving and attentive when they are happy. Wood types are prone to Liver Qi Stagnation-related health problems. Stagnation causes Heat in the body. Heat rises up to the eyes to dry them out and the head to predispose to seizures (according to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine theory.)

“Oh, wow! You know, I do remember now. Buddy needs to calm his emotions. He gets too heated up emotionally and causes himself to get dry eye and panic attacks during the storms. He is at risk of developing seizures if he keeps going like this,” said Doc Truli.

Herbal Medicine Treatment for a Wood Constitution Dog with Dry Eyes, Seizures, and Storm Phobia

We ordered Buddy Liver Happy (TM, Jing Tang Herbal) Chinese herbal remedy to soothe his Liver Qi and help him keep his emotions cool, calm and collected. Before the order arrived in the mail, Marlene called Dr. Truli.

“Buddy had a seizure last night!!!!! What do we do?” said Marlene.

“We are just in time. The Liver Happy remedy will help with the seizures and the dry eye,” said Dr Truli.

Herbal Medicine Helps Manchester Terrier Feel Healthier

After 6 months of Liver Happy, Buddy has no more seizures at all. His eyes are clear without using eye drops. His liver enzymes are still elevated, but they stay stable. He handles Thunderstorms without trying to start a fight with Shady the Pit Bull. He’s still a bossy know-it-all. But that’s what we like about him!

Chinese herbal medicine is available from a licensed veterinarian with advanced training in the diagnosis of Chinese health patterns and the uses of the Chinese herbal medicines. Dr. Sandra Truli Springer, VMD, CVA, CVFT (aka Doc Truli) studies with Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute (TCVM.com) in Reddick, Florida and practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in the Tampa Bay area, Florida exclusively through concierge pet care provided in your home. If you do not live in Florida, USA and cannot travel here, you can research TCVM veterinarians in your area at the resources page of the Chi Institute. If you would like to inquire about scheduling an appointment, call Dr. Truli at 877 Dr Truli (877) 378-7854.


Does Your Dog’s Autoimmune Skin Disease Look Like This?

2016 March 29

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Gives Results When Steroids and Antibiotics Cannot

Crusted, bald, bloody swathes of sticky hot hairlessness crust this shaggy 100 pound Great Pyrenees' around his nose, eyes and mouth and some "private parts."

Max was sick for years. Specialists suspected pemphigus autoimmune skin disease.

Smooth soft new skin covers thepreviously gooey hot edges of skin by the nose, eyes, and lips of this Great Pyrenees gentle giant.

Skin is healing. No more bleeding and crusts. Scars are inevitable!

New skin and fur growth at all of the previously bleeding sore areas of skin.

New Balance of Comfort- no scabs or bleeding!

What is wrong with Max?

Max had years of scabbing and bleeding at all the mucocutaneous (pronounced mew-ko-cue-tane-ee-us) junctions of his body. These are areas where haired skin meets the sensitive smooth lining skin at the nose, eyes, lips, anus, prepuce, and paw pads. They all hurt and cracked and bled. He spent much of his days asleep or rubbing his face along the walls to sooth himself. His people had taken him to nine (9) veterinarians in the few short years before he met Doc Truli, including board-certified dermatologists for dogs. Skin tests and cultures ruled out infections and common problems and skin surgical biopsies came back with inconclusive results. (This can happen, especially with long-term skin disease.) Specialists suspected Max suffered from autoimmune skin disease, such as pemphigus foliaceus (pronounced pem-fi-gus foal-ee-aa-shus) but could not prove it conclusively on any tests.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Pattern Diagnosis (TCVM)

Excess Heat

We approached Max’s conditional from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). First, he clearly had too much “heat” in his body. Blood, red, hot, dry, panting, wanting to sleep in the air-conditioned house. According to TCVM, we needed to cool his energy.

Deficient Cooling

He was also deficient in his own internal ability to cool his body. As you can guess, normally, a body will balance the heat and cool. You can add or take off some clothing layers. Turn on the heat, or a fan. Drink iced-tea and eat watermelon, or drink hot chocolate and eat roasted lamb. We energetically balance our bodies all the time. In Max’s case, none of it helped. He just could not cool down and stop spontaneously bleeding. Why? He was deficient in his own internal cooling and moisturizing ability- called the yin energy in TCVM. Max needed his yin energy to balance the hot yang burning-up feeling he had. He just did not have enough internal cooling to manage to pull it off!

The yin What?

In TCVM, everything can be described in balanced terms of yin and yang. Yang is energetic, hot, fast, upward, strong, loud, summertime, teenage years, mid-day. Yin is quiet, dark, cool, solid (substantial), inward, night-time, old age, Winter.

How did we help Max decrease the heat and increase his internal cooling?

Max lays on his sofa during his acupuncture treatment

Max chills during his house call acupuncture

First, we simply stopped giving him foods that increase heat in the body.  Lamb, venison, shrimp, chicken. Especially chicken!

We added foods, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture treatments to clear heat, boost cooling and moisturizing, treat pain, support the organ functions for detoxification and supporting normal balance and healing processes in the body. He became mostly vegetarian (like his humans), with specific foods and herbal formulas chosen to counter his particular imbalance.

I am not going to list his diet here because you need a licensed, experienced veterinarian who practices TCVM to do this right, the same way you need an experienced healer to help a women through symptoms associated with menopause. We learn from Max that TCVM can help in these seemingly hopeless situations. Reach out and find help from a TCVM veterinarian! In the Tampa Bay area, Dr Sandra Truli Springer would love to hear from you! (877-378-7854)

Australian Cattle Dog Ear Infection

2016 March 25
by Doc Truli

Doc Truli Helps Australian Cattle Dog Without Touching the Ear

Ever wonder if there is any hope at all for a pet who does not let anyone touch their ears? Doc Truli explains at VirtuaVet.com how it may be possible through Traditional Chinese Medicine to help an otherwise hopeless case. Go to Doc Truli’s Inspirational Pet Medical Story.

If you would like integrative care for your pet in your home, please contact Dr. Sandra Truli Springer today. She sees patients in house calls all over the Tampa Bay area. Phone: 877-378-7854 or email DrTruli@VetVMD.com


What is Illness in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

2015 December 15
With no furniture delivered, Doc Truli sat in a dog bed to give this Peke his acupuncture treatment

What is Illness in TCVM?

Our bodies understand and express a delicate precise balance of qi that we call health. When there is imbalance, stagnation, or misdirection, that is ill health, sub-optimal state of the being. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a practice that can identify these imbalances. Once identified, a precise treatment plan can start. A practiced veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine works in this realm.


Imbalance can cause illness. For example, Mitzi is a red Chow Chow who grew up in Portland, Maine. She enjoyed cold winters, lots of snow, fresh fish from the boat, and very few trips to the veterinarian. She felt well and expressed her health with exuberance and joy for life. She told everyone about her games and invited everyone to join in whether they wished it or not (Chow in your lap!) When Mitzi’s mom experience a job transfer to Florida, everyone was excited about boating in warmer waters, diving in the Florida Keys and gently swaying palm tree sunset breezes. One week Mitzi broke out with a painful, frantically itchy red oozing crusted sore on the right side of her hip. What happened?

The friendly, fire personality dog who was cooled off and in balance in Maine, eating cooling fish, and enjoying herself, moved to hot damp Florida, stressed out and started eating convenience kibble while her family got settled into new jobs and a new routine. The imbalance in the excessive heat and damp, and the food causing heat and damp (kibble) caused her to break out in a “hot spot” (aka pyotraumatic dermatitis)  Since they could not move, the family treated the hot spot and changed Mitzi’s food to a cooling fish diet and added acupuncture and chinese herbal medicines under the direction of their holistic veterinarian to help Mitzi deal with the imbalance of excess heat and damp on her body. These changes worked and she is happy today!


Stagnation can cause illness. Anywhere there is pain, there is stagnant qi. Once the qi stagnates and is “stuck” in an area, you will notice pain or dysfunction in your pet. Randy was a 7 year old black Cocker Spaniel who had the misfortune of becoming injured in a car accident when he was homeless on the streets. The adoption group fixed his broken leg and he received painkillers, good food, and lots of love, but he still limped when he got up on the morning. His qi had stagnated in the acupuncture channels near the injury site and the pain did not let up. It was worse in the morning when he had been inactive for hours. Acupuncture moved the qi, brought pain relief and the stagnant qi never returned to bother him at his old injury site.


Misdirection results in illness. The systems in the body have a normal direction and flow of the energies they guide in the body. For example, the stomach system (like our physical stomach in Western medicine) is supposed to move food down and out of the stomach. If food goes up, instead of down, that is vomiting or regurgitation and is not normal. In Chinese Medicine, this is called Rebellious Stomach qi because the qi is moving up instead of down.

Another example of misdirection are inguinal hernias. The Spleen qi has an upward direction. Put simply, the Spleen-Pancreas system takes the digested food molecules and gu qi and causes them to disperse up toward the lugs and mix with the breath, with the qing qi (pronounced ching chee). Then the lungs has an outward umbrella-like energy flow to envelope and protect the body. If the spleen qi moves down, hernias (can) happen. Therefore, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, inguinal hernias are a spleen qi problem.

With no furniture delivered, Doc Truli sat in a dog bed to give this Peke his acupuncture treatment

Doc Truli esconced in spare dog bed to perform Peke acupuncture

-Dr. Truli practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in the beautiful Greater Tampa Bay area in Florida, United States. TCVM is a valuable component of an integrative medicine approach to holistic care. An integrative doctor, such as Dr Truli will advise you regarding Western medicine options, use diagnostic tools like x-rays and lab tests and also practice advanced medicine such as herbal, acupuncture, and medicinal massage which are currently taught in few veterinary curricula worldwide. Call 877-DR TRULI for an appointment.


Acupuncture for Pets

2015 December 5
This old field lab enjoys acupuncture for pain control while he rests in his own bed at home.

Acupuncture in the comfort of your own (dog) bed! (green handle needles in his right carpus- wrist)

Acupuncture for Pets Talk Informative and Energizing

Yours Truli spoke on December 1st at the Patchworks Community Room at Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater, Florida

“That was so much fun!” said Dr Sandra Truli Springer, VMD, (aka Doc Truli) after her second one hour free talk at Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater, Florida.

The experienced house call holistic veterinarian presented almost two hours of questions and answer-style interaction about acupuncture for pets.

“We covered a brief history of acupuncture in humans and how animals like horses, pigs, and cows were important to China’s economy and so healing them was a priority,” said Doc Truli. “Then we discussed qi (pronounced “chee”, channels, acupuncture tools and medical conditions that acupuncture treats.”

Audience Question: What is Qi?

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Acupuncture Helps Get This Puppy Home

2015 May 14

Acupuncture Gets Murphy Home 2 Days Earlier than Specialists’ Prediction

The Call for a “House Call” Comes In

Murphy takes a 6 inch rawhide chew and stuffs most of it in his mouth all at once!

Thanks for the treat!

“Is this Doc Truli?”

The phone signal was weak, but we could understand each other.

“Yes,” I said.

“My 9 week-old poodle puppy is in the intensive care unit and they are doing everything they can for him. I was wondering if acupuncture would help him,” asked the apricot teacup poodle’s mom. “Can you meet us at the intensive care hospital in 15 minutes?”

“I’ll meet you there,” I said. I hung up, started up the purrs-like-a-kitten (it doesn’t) 1999 faded burgundy Ford Explorer dog truck and headed for the overnight specialty hospital at 9:30 pm on a Saturday night. I am a holistic house call veterinarian. read more…


2015 February 1

Raccoon Attacks are not Good for Ducks

[Scene: Sunday morning. Scared, worried mom on the phone.]

Duck down, but quacking and eating.

The little duck could not walk, but she could eat!

“Dr. Springer, I’m sorry to bother you on Sunday, but Bo-Etta’s hurt real bad. That raccoon got her and it doesn’t look good,” said Jenn, Bo-Etta’s concerned mom.

 I could hear the edge of controlled panic in Jenn’s voice. She is not a person to panic or give up. Yet I was worried this might be Bo-Etta’s last day on Earth. Raccoon attacks are no laughing matter; it’s a miracle the little duck survived at all. Well, a miracle named Jenn.

 I remembered her love for any and all of her pets (even all the unexpected baby hedgehogs). Bo-Etta was her gentle, sweet white duck. She and her mate lived in Jenn’s yard. The ducks enjoyed picking at worms and bugs in the yard, all the chow they wanted, a fresh clean duck pool every evening, and the company of two awesome chickens and a miniature poodle.

Each evening right before sunset, the ducks waddled over to their hut, up their duck ramp, and into the pool. Then Jenn closed the door for the night to keep them safe from predators, especially the marauding raccoons. Until Saturday night.

 “The raccoons changed their schedule. They showed up five minutes early,” said the injured duck’s mom. “He had her by her thigh. I had to wrestle her away from the raccoon. I thought she was going to die. This morning she can’t walk and there’s lots of blood. Can you come over?”

 Bo-Etta the Duck’s Injuries

Bo-Etta lay on soft green grass in front of a pile of corn and lettuce and duck feed. Her orange bill pushed as much corn out of her reach as it took in as she gobbled food.

 “She’s eating. That’s a sign she’s not in shock or septic,” I said.

 Bo-Etta’s right thigh was swollen and after we cleaned some crusted blood away, she had 2 puncture holes in her thigh. She was swollen and bruised, but not broken. Her internal organs escaped damage. She seemed playful and hungry.

 “She’s got a chance.”


Acupuncture needles channel stagnant qi around the little white dick's bitten right hip

Duck Acupuncture

We gave Bo-Etta antibiotics and painkillers. We cleaned her wounds. She had acupuncture treatments designed to decrease pain and speed healing.

 “She cannot move her leg. If we see improvement in nerve function within 72 hours, then we should continue treatment. If not, then…” I said.

 Jenn pointed out,”That drake keeps bothering her. I think I’m going to keep her inside at night.”

 Bo-Etta Prevails

 As Jenn and I set Bo-Etta in her pond 68 hours later, she touched her right webbed foot to the bottom of the kiddie pool duck pond. She kicked off and waved her right leg in the water 3 times as she paddled with her left leg.

 “Did you see that?” asked Jenn. “Did I just imagine that?”

 “I saw it too, she’s getting better.”

 Against great odds, Be-Etta fully recovered from her raccoon misadventure. She and her drake are now retired to The Dancing Goat Farm, far out of the reach of the raccoon’s schemes.

The bathroom with a tub of water and a pillow ramp (washable) up to the ledge, makes a fine, safe duck hospital room.

Duck Hospital Room



How Does a Housecall for Pets Work?

2015 January 31

House Calls for Pets are a New Experience for Most People, Here are Some Tru Tips

How do I Book My House Call?

Call 877-DR TRULI or email DrTruli@VetVMD.com to book a house call. You and Dr. Springer decide on a time. Dr. Springer will hear your concerns and start planning your visit based on your needs.

Assistance Holding Your Pet is Available

If you need an assistant to hold your pet during the house call physical exam, Dr. Springer will bring her veterinary technician to help. Most people save the cost of the technician and either hold their pet themselves (Dr. Springer is a good teacher!), or they have a neighbor or friend come to the house to help.

How Long is a House Call?

Initial holistic house calls take 90-120 minutes.

Follow-up visits are usually 30 minutes.

How Much Does the House Call Cost?

The cost is comparable to a hospital visit, however, with a house call, you get more attention for your pet and more consultation time with the doctor. On average, a house call costs $100-$300. After consultation with Dr. Springer, your pet may need extensive services. Dr. Springer is prepared to provide these services and will discuss costs with you before embarking on the diagnostics and treatments.

One wonderful fact about a house call is we are not pressured for time by another pet in a waiting room. Therefore, if your pet has multiple, complex issues that have been addressed in a surface manner, or in a repeated introductory manner with $300-$600 hospital visits, Dr. Springer will look at your pet holistically and move your understanding and ability to help your pet forward on the path to health.

What Can You Really Do In a House Call?

All Outpatient Services

Your house call can take care of blood testing, laboratory testing like fecal analysis, skin exams and skin tests and biopsies on peaceful pets, eye and ear exams, orthopedic exams and much more!

Supplement and Nutrition Advice

Dr. Springer can help you go through your supplements and pet supplies and use ones that you already have that will work for your pet. The peace of mind alone is worth the visit!

Personalized Flea Advice

If you are having trouble with fleas, Dr. Springer can see your environment and figure out how to target your problem and fix it.

Cat Social Drama

If your cats are not happy, but you cannot explain or diagram why, Dr. Springer can just see the layout of the house and the litter boxes, food and water bowls, resources like windows and scratching posts. Sometime the answer is right in front of you, but it takes an experienced doctor to see it. (Dr. Springer grew up with 100’s of cats, she knows how they think!)

Rundown of the Anatomy of a House Call

  • We start with some routine paperwork. Most of it you can download and fill out ahead of time. Dr Springer saves some to complete in person (for example: assignment of pet responsibility in emergencies, ICE.) Your pet can investigate and check out the doctor while you talk.
  • We discuss the problems and goals and hopes for the visit.
  • Full physical exam.
  • Discuss how much needed tests and treatments cost. We have the time to address everything in a single house  call so your pet can get a paw on the road to health quickly.
  • Draw blood, take samples needed for testing. Give treatments like acupuncture, injections, massage, physical therapy, etc. Dr. Springer can teach you how to do some of the therapies at home.
  • Pay with cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or Amex right there in your home.
  • We book the recheck right then and there.

How Do I Get Ready for a House Call?

Dr. Springer brings everything you need for the house call, but there are some specific ways you can help.

  • Keep your phone available in case Dr. Springer needs directions.
  • Have your pet available. No kidding. Cat extraction procedures and dog catching cost extra! (Kidding, they just stress your pet and make the visit less effective.)
  • Have a well-lit table or clear area on the floor for big dogs. A sunny room during the day has nice natural light for the physical exam.
  • A nearby electrical plug is helpful. Dr. Springer brings extra lighting, but may need to plug it in (it has battery back up, but as a back up for the back up it plugs in.) Some pets need to be shaved or need other work done that requires electrical instruments
  • Make sure any hyper or nosy disruptive pets are kept away from the exam area.
  • Pay special attention to your environment as scented products can interfere with the physical exam.

Tru Tip

Certain infections, especially in the ears can be identified by scent.

What Happens After the House Call?

If your pet was treated with acupuncture s/he may be tired for a day, and then start feeling better than before the visit. This is a normal energy adjustment response to acupuncture.


You will receive your text or email receipt. Your copy of the physical exam notes and plan will come via email.

Pet Concierge Service

If you sign up for Truli Holistic’s secure 24/7 communication application, you will receive your login information and your exam notes will be there, along with any information sheets, diet plans, or other resources discussed in the consult.

VetVMD.vetsfirstchoice.com Competitive Online Pharmacy

You will be invited to Dr. Springer’s online pharmacy with email or texted login information (your choice).


Results from tests may take several days to even several weeks (certain skin and allergy tests and biopsies). You can schedule a recheck and consult, or for simple results like a heart worm test result, Dr. Springer will call you.

If you still have questions or concerns, or wish to book an appointment, please call now to get started.

Dr. Sandra Truli Springer, VMD

Truli Holistic Veterinary Services | House Calls for Your Pets

Business Office: 1219 Florida Avenue, Studio C

Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Call toll-free  1 (877) DR TRULI   |   (877) 378-7854

or email DrTruli@VetVMD.com



Tear Stains in Dogs

2013 May 7

Help! My Dog has Tear Stains on Her Face

Does your dog have those unsightly brown stains on his or her face that make it look like your dog cries all the time? Is this a health problem?

Top 11 Reasons for Tear Stains

  • Infection
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Glaucoma
  • Allergies
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or “dry eye”
  • medial canthal syndrome
  • extra eyelashes
  • eyelashes pointing in, instead of out
  • blocked tear ducts
  • tear ducts that never formed in the first place
  • inadequate lower lid anatomy to pool the tears

Bet you never know there could be so many causes of tear stains on the face. Some are more common than others and some affect some breeds of dogs more than others. Our veterinarians can diagnose the problem.

Once you have your diagnosis, then you can go about figuring how to fix the problem. read more…

Seresto Flea & Tick Collar Works!

2013 April 15
by JLaw

A Flea and Tick Collar that Works!

Seresto – designed for excellent mileage

Seresto is a new flea and tick collar from Bayer HealthCare, LLC. It is odorless, narrow, fits well, comes with a break-away safety function, and light reflectors. It prevents and treats ticks and fleas for up to 8 months on dogs and puppies 7 weeks of age and older and cats and kittens 10 weeks and older. Read more and apply for rebates at www.petparents.com

The Seresto Collar kills fleas. It repels and kills ticks. It is water-resistant* and comes in three sizes: cat, small dog up to 18 pounds, and large dog.

Important Note for Pets in Florida:

If you bath your pet more than once a month, replace Seresto after 5 months.

*Seresto is water-resistant and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months. (from the Seresto product brochure S13007)

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