At Full Circle, we provide holistic, integrative veterinary care -- over the phone, through email, video chat, and on housecalls. Here's a bit more information about who we are and what we do.
Holistic = the whole being
Dr. Carrie Donahue graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine through the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained her Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute in Florida. The integrative approach that she can provide is an invaluable way to really know what your options are, using both conventional and alternative medicine, we are able to offer you the BEST of both worlds!
Find out what a difference a natural approach will make for your pet!
During a most visits, whether it is in person or virtual, clients are interested in getting information on natural alternatives to many of the preventatives and vaccines that are routinely given to pets -- and we discuss that at any and every visit! There are alternatives to vaccinations, flea and tick preventatives, heartworm preventatives and most medications. There are also ways to detoxify when conventional treatments are given. We love discussing diet and nutrition as well. We take as much time as we need so that all of your questions are answered and you leave the visit feeling like you know more than when you came in. We also want pet owners to leave feeling empowered that they are in full control of their pets' health. Every animal is evaluated individually and we will help you come up with a realistic plan for your pet's best possible health. Vaccines, preventatives, pharmaceuticals are not harmless and are best used with full intention; we will help guide you and provide up to date information about the risk of the diseases and parasites that we are attempting to prevent or treat. Then you, as the animal guardian, make the ultimate decision. That being said, we do provide appropriate vaccinations, preventatives and pharmaceuticals based on your pets' needs. The following is a list of the services we provide.
Our basic consultation for new patients
This is a full discussion of your pet's health and any concerns you have. Evaluation of medical history and recommendations on holistic / natural care, including nutrition and herbal supplementation, detox information, supplements etc. ALL questions are welcomed! At the end of this appointment we want you to feel empowered and in full control of your pet's health. The appointment can be done over the phone, through email, video chat or in person on a housecall
Veterinary exam if no health concerns
We provide yearly wellness exams for all pets on a housecall basis, which includes a physical exam and discussion of preventative care going forward. This visit may also be for vaccine updates, stool sample testing or other brief services.
On-demand chat, scheduled video and phone consults
Telemedicine is a great way to discuss issues concerning your pet with Dr. Carrie without any stress for anyone! We are able to address many issues to find a resolution without seeing your pet in person, and video consults are a great way for the vet to see your pet in real time! We also offer on-demand chat for immediate concerns, just go to www.anipanion.com to register, find our clinic, enter your info and we'll be chatting in no time!
Want to make your own pet food? Or make your pet's food healthier? Looking for an alternative to a prescription food?
This is typically included with a holistic consultation, but may also be booked on its own. If you are interested in making food at home for your pet but want to make sure you are providing everything they need, or are looking for an alternative to a prescription diet, or just want to know what is the best food to feed your pet, this is a very informative consultation! We can help you with recipes, supplementation, further information and resources. Provided through phone, email, video chat.
Cancer Care Consultation
Find out the many options in the treatment and care of cancer
Dr. Carrie has made it a mission of hers to educate pet owners dealing with cancer that there ARE alternatives to conventional cancer care and treatment. It is not black and white -- meaning it does not have to be chemotherapy vs nothing or surgery vs nothing, or radiation vs nothing. There are SO MANY ways that pet owners can support, treat and sometimes cure their pet's cancer without conventional medicine! And there are so many ways that holistic medicine can work WITH conventional care -- in an integrative way. We will never make you feel guilty. Find out your options and make the best decision for you and your pet. We will help guide you down this path that can be very overwhelming and exhausting, and we will support you however we can. This service is provided through email, phone or video chat.
End of Life / Hospice Consultation
Find out your options and gather information about providing peace and care for your pet at this time
If you are interested in providing your companion with the best quality of life at the end of life, without major interventions, please give us a call. We would love to talk to you about what you can do to support your pet at or near the end of his or her life, and how to know when it is time to think about letting them go. Dr. Carrie has helped hundreds of pet owners make decisions that are in the best interest of the animals and the caregivers. The end of a pet's life is a difficult experience to go through, and pet owners need support. You are NOT alone. We offer no judgment, we don't tell you what you should do, and don't make you feel guilty. We are here to give you a helping hand and the tools you need. If euthanasia is chosen, we will help make that process as peaceful as possible. Please go to our partner website www.fullcirclepethospice.com to read more.
The amazing power of traditional Chinese medicine
One of our favorite healing modalities! Have your pet evaluated from a Chinese medical perspective, and provide them with the gift of acupuncture -- this is useful for ANY condition or issue, and helps animals feel better overall -- bringing balance and health. One of the most common reasons pet owners seek acupuncture for their pets is to relieve pain and tonify weakness associated with older age and arthritis. Most animals do wonderfully for acupuncture treatments and become very relaxed. For this service we offer housecalls or pets can come to Dr. Carrie's home for a relaxing session (currently without owners present due to COVID)
Does your pet really need all of those vaccines?
A simple blood test can tell us what your pet's immunity levels are -- you might not need to vaccinate! We can titer for Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Rabies (note the rabies titer is not recognized as a replacement for the rabies vaccine as required by law)
Bordetella, Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines do not cause the body to hold titers for extended periods, so we are not able to test for those. This service is provided on a housecall basis or in a peaceful atmosphere at Dr. Carrie's home
Laboratory Testing and Diagnostics
Full Service Laboratory Testing Available
We offer full laboratory diagnostics as well! Including but not limited to:
Bloodwork -- to assess internal organ and endocrine function, and blood cell values
Heartworm and Tick-borne disease testing (Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma)
Fecal and parasite testing from stool samples
Urinalysis, including culture and sensitivity of urine samples (for bacterial infection)
Ear and skin cytology, to diagnose infections of the ears or skin
Fine needle aspirates of any masses or growths, to aid in diagnosis
Note -- all diagnostics are done in a gentle and non-invasive, non-traumatic way, that is easiest on the pet. We offer these services on a housecall basis, or at a peaceful room set up at Dr. Carrie's home
The sometimes not so glamorous...
We love helping to provide routine services for pets in a gentle and calming way -- whether it's a nail trim or anal gland expression, we want everyone to feel comfortable through it all. Just ask us if there is a service you are interested in that you don't see listed! We provide:
Anal Gland Expression
These services are provided on a housecall basis, by technician Autumn Blanchard. Typically these are done on Fridays.
Supplements and Detoxification
Let the healing begin!
At Full Circle we carry a wide variety of supplements aimed at boosting your pet's health -- either by providing extra nutrients, targeting a weak organ system, boosting the immune system, or detoxifying the body from toxins, pathogens or just an over-worked liver! We can help you choose the best supplements and the easiest way to get your pet to take them!
We also have many topical treatments and natural eye and ear remedies. Most can be purchased over the counter, without a prescription. Contact us to find out more!
The power of medicinal plants
Herbs are powerful medicines, and animals respond amazingly well to herbs! Without the side - effects of pharmaceuticals. We offer Chinese and Western herbals in a variety of forms -- tinctures, powders, capsules and even transdermals. One of the newest herbals on the market is CBD oil, which has proven to be very effective for a wide variety of conditions in animals, for example pain, anxiety, nausea, inflammation, arthritis, and cancer care.
Aromatherapy for pets
We LOVE aromatherapy!! Essential oils can be used for a wide variety of health conditions, and work on an energetic level, so there's nothing that you have to give orally -- just expose your pets to the healing power of oils! We most often use Young Living Oils, and can show you how to get involved in using the oils safely for your pets!