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House Calls for Pets

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

How do I Book My House Call?

The acupuncture needles are timy, but if you ran your hand down this shar pei's back, you would feel a double row of plastic "poles" along the soine, like porcupine needles.

Doc Truli helps a Chinese Shar Pei with acupuncture

Call 877-DR TRULI (877-378-7854) or email to book a house call. You and Dr. Truli decide on a time. Dr. Truli will listen to your concerns and start planning your visit based on your needs.

What Areas Do You Typically Cover for House Calls?

Generally speaking, a house call for you is possible in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, depending on your needs, urgency & doctor’s schedule. Regularly, Dr Truli visits:

  • Clearwater
  • Clearwater Beach*
  • Crystal Beach
  • Dunedin
  • Eastlake
  • Largo
  • New Port Richey
  • Odessa
  • Ozona
  • Oldsmar
  • Palm Harbor
  • Pinellas Park
  • Port Richey
  • Safety Harbor
  • South Tampa
  • St Petersburg
  • Tampa
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Tarpon
  • Trinity
  • West Chase

Special scheduling (1-2 weeks advance notice) is sometimes needed:

  • Brooksville
  • Lutz
  • Land o’ Lakes
  • Seminole
  • Madeira Beach*
  • Gulfport*
  • St Pete Beach*
  • Indian Rocks Beach*
  • Belleair
  • Palmetto
  • Bradenton
  • Sarasota
  • * In-season beach locations (you know who you are!) need appointments before 10am M-W or evenings and generally  Thurs-Sunday is difficult or impossible to schedule during the day in season because of beach traffic
This Sheltie's dad wore scrubs for our house call and learned how to plave eye ointment under Doc Truli's direction.

Prepared Client Learning to Give Eye Meds

Assistance Holding Your Pet is Available

If you need an assistant to hold your pet during the house call physical exam, please let Dr Truli know in advance. Most people hold their pet themselves (Dr. Truli is a good teacher!), or they have a neighbor, relative or friend come to the house to help.

How Long is a House Call?

Initial holistic house calls take 60-90 minutes.

Follow-up visits are usually 45-60 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 consultation and physical exam costs $200-$375. Comprehensive visits can cost $800-$1,200, depending on the complexity and your wishes for thorough investigations.

After consultation with Dr. Truli, your pet may need extensive services. Dr. Truli is prepared to provide these services and will discuss costs with you before embarking on the diagnostics and treatments. For example, a common house call need is the consultation and then a starting acupuncture session and an herbal medicine to synergize and enhance the acupuncture. This typically costs an additional $145, depending upon the size of your pet. We discuss these services, the pros and cons and the expected benefits and time frame for results before you commit to any particular course of treatment. Please call and ask Dr. Truli if you have concerns about time and financial commitments for holistic treatment (877) 378-7854.

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. Truli 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! We can do about 95% of what a hospital does in a house call.

Supplement and Nutrition Advice

Dr. Truli 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! Her nutrition advice is based on modern Western food science and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is one of very few Certified Veterinary FoodTherapists in the world and can help you sort through the confusing theories and evidence to find an intelligent and fun feeding strategy for your pet.

Personalized Flea Advice

If you are having trouble with fleas, Dr. Truli 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. Truli 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. Truli grew up with cats, she knows how they think!)

How Do I Get Ready for a House Call?

House calls make cats curious to check out what Doc Truli has in the doctor's bag. This tiger cat stands in my bag!

Cat in my Bag

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

  • Keep your phone available in case Dr. Truli needs directions.
  • Have your pet available. No kidding.
  • 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.
  • 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 of payment from Boston Brain Bank, LLC. This is the official corporate name of Dr. Truli’s business. 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. Competitive Online Pharmacy

You will be invited to Dr. Truli’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. Truli will call you.

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

“Thank you for coming out to see him – his hips are doing so well!”

Dr. Sandra Truli Springer, VMD, CVA, CVFT, CVTP

Truli Holistic Veterinary Services | House Calls for Your Pets

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

or email

Serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area


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