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Dr. Sandra Truli Springer's House Call Appointments Available 7am- 11pm Monday-Sunday

Holistic Vet House Calls to Tampa Bay Area

Dr. Sandra Truli Springer, VMD, CVA, CVFT
Veterinary Medical Doctor, University of Pennsylvania Ivy-League
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Certified Veterinary Food Therapist
Now offering Tui-Na massage sessions & lessons!
Phone or Text: (727) 228-2265

Truli Holistic Veterinary Services

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

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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Comfortis Flea Pill Approved for Cats

2012 October 10

Comfortis Flea Pill

The Comfortis pill to kill fleas has been very effective.  However, the previous pills were FDA-approved only for dogs 5 pounds and greater.  What about a teacup Yorkie? Or a tiny Chihuahua?  Or a cat?

Finally, the maker of Comfortis, Elanco, has announced the Comfortis pill for for cats 2 lbs and greater and new smaller dog size for 3.3 pounds and greater.  read more…

National Holistic Pet Day

2012 August 30

Help us Celebrate National Holistic Pet Day

Herbal Remedies for Pets

one blue eye and one brown eye are typical of a healthy australian shepherd dog

Happy Aussie Smile

We have a full line of herbal remedies to treat many common ailments like arthritis, urinary incontinence, impacted anal sacs, skin allergies, separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, elevated liver enzymes, upper respiratory disease, and many more!Treating your pets with herbal medicine to complement pharmaceutical treatment or to replace drug therapy offers a balanced, natural option for treatment or a cure.  Any time a natural treatment is available for your pet, we will let you know your options. read more…

June is National Adopt a Cat Month!

2012 June 5
tan short-haired tabby kitten

Hi There!

The Catalyst Council Has Announced June is National Adopt a Cat Month


We support National Adopt a Cat Month!

The little black kitten, Sooty got a new home and some dog brothers to play with!

Check back later.  We have a lead on another kitty that needs a home. Waiting for info…

Helping Your New Cat Adapt to Your Home

Most cats feel stressed when they enter a new territory- a new home environment.  We can help with feline pheromone to help your new cat feel right at home. It is an all-natural product that humans cannot sense, but the cats sense it and feel right at home.

We also assess your new cat for stress.  All-natural homeopathic remedies to put in your cats’ water dishes help with the stress of adjusting to a new household.

With a custom house call, Doc Truli can assess your cats’ environment and help you with flea control, litter pan placement, assessment of traffic areas and cat resource guarding. Call 877 DR TRULI to inquire about a home evaluation to reduce stress and intercat drama.

How Your Pet Can Help Other Pets

2012 May 22

Join a Clinical Trial

If you are interested, and if your pet qualifies, you may be eligible to participate in clinical trials at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals.

Doc Truli can let you know if your pet meets the qualifications to participate in investigational clinical trials.  From investigational medication for pulmonary hypertension to medication that can potentially delay the onset of heart failure in dogs recently diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, to participation in a study of a vaccine cure for malignant melanoma.  There are many opportunities to help extend the limits of scientific knowledge.

To find out what studies are available at UF and see if your pet might meet the criteria, see the link to The Veterinary Hospitals of the University of Florida  Clinical Trials Spring 2012.

If you would like to make an appointment with Doc Truli, please call (877) DR TRULI

Top Ten Dog Breeds in Pinellas County, Florida

2012 May 17
tan american pit bull terrier puppy in a blue soft "e" collar
APBT Puppy

Compare Doc Truli’s Top Ten Dog Breeds to the AKC Top Ten

Pinellas County Favors Different Breeds than the US as a Whole

First, let us point out, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the most frequently seen dog breed by Doc Truli in Clearwater, Florida, USA.  The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier as a Breed, but does recognize the less common American Staffordshire Terrier.  Therefore, any Top Ten dog list for Pinellas County would be remiss in not discussing the special needs of the APBT.

The Labrador Retreiver and the Beagle enjoy the top middle of the pack on the national and local lists.  The Chihuahua is the third most commonly seen kind of dog at All Pet Care Hospital, yet it ranks only #14 in registrations in the AKC in 2012.

brown and white short-haired chihuahua leans out of her cage for some attention and lovin'


Golden Retreivers, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, and German Shepherd Dogs are in the AKC top ten, but in the Tampa Bay area, we prefer Chihuahuas, American Pit Bull Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and Miniature Schnauzers in our Top Ten Dog Breeds.

Why Should You Care About Breed Specific Advice?

Why does it matter?  Your dog’s main breed matters very much to us because we know, based on scientific research, what diseases your dog is prone to.  We know what age to start looking.  And we know which University genetics departments run which tests for your dog in order to screen for the problems in the first place.  Early detection and knowledge of a potential problem frequently means a cure or a prevention of a full-blown disease in the future!

Call to schedule a breed specific consult today 877 DR TRULI

Breed Specific Examinations

2012 April 20
sleeping black american pit bull terrier puppy stretches his front legs in preparation for a yawn

American Pit Bull Terrier Puppy

Dog Breed Specific Examinations Help You Focus on Your Dog’s Needs

If you have a purebred dog or a dog who identifies mostly as one or two main breeds, we can predict what problems he or she may be facing in the coming year.  We now include  as part of your annual physical, breed-specific history questions and breed-specific physical examinations for the top ten breeds of dog automatically at no extra charge during your yearly examination.  We  go over the results with you right away and give you specific suggestions for actions you can take to help your dog.  If your dog needs further tests, we can make a plan – with projected costs – and you can schedule the tests out to fit your schedule.

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2-Year Old Belgian Malinois Needs a Great Home

2012 March 30

Read “Sierra’s” story

call 727-442-9111 to adopt this 2-year-old belgian malinois

“Sierra” Needs a Home

My name is Sierra but my new foster family likes to call me Honey, because I am a sweetie. I’m approximately 2 years old, UTD, Heartworm Negative, Micro-Chipped and Spayed.

I was found roaming a field in the Orlando area and brought to the scary shelter. I was going to be put down and this nice family saved me. I thank them for that but I don’t think that they realized how high energy my breed iswww.malinoisrescue.org (please read up on me before you consider adding me to your family). I had an argument with their German shepherd over some food. It made them scared we might have another argument around the kids (which I love) so they could not keep me. read more…

Top Ten Dog Breeds in Pinellas County Florida

2012 March 21
by JLaw

We checked our records, and it’s official: American Pit Bull Terriers are the most common breed of dog seeking vet care in Pinellas County.

See if your dog made the top ten: read more…