White Rose Mobile Vets
Providing compassionate in-home veterinary care to dogs and cats in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently accepting new patients.
We offer select in-home veterinary services for dogs and cats.
At this time, our primary services include the following:
Annual physicalsVaccinationsPuppy and kitten appointmentsSick appointments (non-emergencies)Blood workUrinalysisMicroscopic fecal analysisCytology and BiopsyMass Removal (restrictions apply)Hospice CareEnd-of-Life ServicesIn-Home EuthanasiaOptions for Cremation
If you have questions about whether or not we offer a particular service or can meet the needs of your pet, feel free to contact us.
Please note: We are a mobile, in-home veterinary service, and as such we cannot perform xrays, hospitalize patients, or perform surgeries. However, we have relationships with hospitals that can; and if we determine that your pet requires this kind of medical care we will be able to refer you to a nearby facility that meets your needs.
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In-Home Veterinary Appointment Fee (includes travel expenses, professional fees, COVID fee, and physical examination of the pet): $120 for new patients; $75 for current patients; or $50 each if we are seeing multiple patients in a single appointment.Rabies Vaccine including Tag and Certificate: $45All other vaccines: $35 eachThe cost of specific diagnostics, procedures, medications, and preventive products (such as flea/tick prevention) vary depending on many factors, including the weight of the pet. We would be happy to provide you with an estimate prior to your appointment.
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Dr. Julianne Sangimino, VMD
Dr. Sangimino (aka Dr. Sange, aka Dr. S) was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her veterinary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. Prior to that she earned a BS in Mathematics from the College of William & Mary. Dr. Sangimino practices small animal medicine with a special interest in tickborne disease, internal medicine, and anatomic pathology.
In addition to being a member of White Rose Mobile Vets, Dr. Sangimino is pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in Infectious Disease through the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. She also has a special interest in large African mammals, and during her veterinary training completed 2 internships in conservation medicine and wildlife anesthesia in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Dr. Sange has a pit bull and 2 cats.
Gillian M. Jacob, CVT
Certified Veterinary Nurse
Gillian is a certified veterinary nurse. She was born in Long Island, New York and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, where she double majored in Chemistry/Biology and participated in research on the effect of ocean acidification on octopus reproduction. Gillian graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh and has worked in both emergency veterinary hospitals as well as general practices. Gillian's professional interests include veterinary cytology, anesthesiology, patient care, and client education. She enjoys teaching and mentoring, bike riding around Pittsburgh, and has two rescue cats.
Courtney Spears, BS
Courtney Spears was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She has always had a love and passion for animals which has led her to work in veterinary medicine for over a decade. She has worked in various positions, from receptionist to vet assistant to surgery assistant. Courtney’s professional interests include client education, nutrition, and patient care.
Courtney currently lives in Youngstown, Ohio with her husband and 3 children. She has 2 Australian Shepherds, Tess and Jersey. In her spare time she loves spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Above: Gillian and Dr. Sangimino met while working at the same veterinary practice in 2018. Gillian's strong technical skills and passion for client education complement Sangimino's medical knowledge and love for research. They continue to learn from one another, and their patients, every day.
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
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Feel free to contact us if there are special circumstances regarding you or your pet, if you have pricing concerns, or ANY other questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
How far will you travel?
We are based in Wexford and travel locally through the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh: as far west as Sewickley; as far north as Cranberry/Mars; and as far east as Fox Chapel/Penn Hills.
Do you have a giant mobile veterinary van?
Nope. We drive a normal car and carry all our equipment with us.
We prefer to perform our services wherever your pet is most comfortable. Most of the time, this means inside the home; but we have also done many appointments in front or backyards, garages, etc.
As a rule of thumb, if a pet is in a familiar environment, then he or she will have less baseline anxiety and therefore be more cooperative for whatever procedures or services are required. Bringing a pet inside a mobile veterinary van means that he or she will be going into a foreign place with unfamiliar smells, noises, etc; and this is exactly what we are trying to avoid.
Why should my pet get "routine blood work" when he or she doesn't have any symptoms and seems perfectly healthy?
This is a very common (and justified) question! There are 2 simple but very important reasons for performing these 2 tests every year, even if your pet is seemingly healthy. First, let's clarify what routine blood work actually is.
"Routine blood work" includes a Complete Blood Count (also known as a CBC), which evaluates your pet's red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It also includes a Chemistry Screen, which measures a variety of different biomarkers and enzymes in your pet's blood in order to assess how their abdominal organs are functioning (namely their kidneys and liver). It also measures their glucose level, among other things. So why do we care what these values are?
1) Firstly, annual blood work checks your pet for the presence of diseases that are "subclinical" - meaning that the disease is present, but not severe enough to cause symptoms in your pet (yet). Looking at your pet and observing their daily behavior cannot tell you whether or not subclinical disease is brewing beneath the surface.
Here's a common example: One of the main disease that we see and treat in dogs and (especially) cats is CKD, or chronic kidney disease. Dogs and cats will not develop any outward symptoms of kidney disease until 75% of kidney function is lost. HOWEVER, we are able to detect kidney disease on a Chemistry Screen as early as when 25% of kidney function is lost. Chronic kidney disease cannot be reversed, but if it's caught early, there are a number of simple interventions we can use to slow its course, prolong your pet's life, and improve the quality of their life, as well as yours.
Routine blood work has saved and prolonged thousands of pets' lives, and all it takes is a 5-second blood draw.
2) Reason #2 for the importance of routine blood work:
Even if the blood work comes back as completely normal, it gives us baseline values for your pet. These are valuable when pets get sick, because we can compare his or her "healthy" blood work to his or her "sick" blood work and see where the big differences are.
For example: If your pet has never had any blood work performed, and he suddenly has a seizure, we might perform blood work to try and figure out why he had the seizure. (FYI: Liver disease can sometimes cause seizures.) If your pet's blood work shows abnormal liver values, it's possible that these values have been elevated for years, and nothing has changed in the liver; and these elevated values are completely unrelated to the seizure. OR it could be that his liver was perfectly healthy his entire life until now, and he recently suffered an acute injury to the liver, causing the elevations in his blood work and the seizure.
Having access to baseline values for your pet is incredibly valuable when trying to figure out what is wrong with your pet. We never know what the future holds, and it's always best to be prepared.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept checks (made out to "White Rose Mobile Vets"), cash, or payment through the Venmo app (@WhiteRoseMobileVets-PLLC).
We also accept credit cards, but there is a 2.8% surcharge associated with this, so it is not our preferred method.
Which vaccines do you carry?
We carry canine (dog) vaccinations for:
Rabies: Pennsylvania law mandates that all dogs and cats must be up to date on their rabies vaccine at all times.DAPP: a combination vaccine, sometimes called "distemper".Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi).Leptospirosis (Leptospira interrogans).Kennel cough, specifically Bordetella bronchiseptica, though this is not the only microorganism that can cause the respiratory syndrome known as "kennel cough".
We carry feline (cat) vaccinations for:
Rabies: Pennsylvania law mandates that all cats and dogs must be up to date on their rabies vaccine at all times, even if they stay indoors 24/7.FVRCP-C: a combination vaccine, sometimes called "feline distemper."FeLV: "Feline Leukemia Virus", a contagious cancer of cats.
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WE DO NOT PROVIDE EMERGENCY SERVICES.
If your pet is in distress and requires immediate attention, please do NOT contact us and wait for a response!
There are many specialty and emergency hospitals around Pittsburgh that are open 24/7/365 and can help your pet immediately (we've listed them below). If you aren't sure whether your pet is having a true medical emergency, you can always call one of these hospitals and ask to speak to a vet, nurse, or technician about your situation.
Signs that your pet might be experiencing a life-threatening emergency include, but are not limited to:
straining to urinate, which could indicate an obstruction (very common in male cats!)appearing painful or crying in painstruggling to breathe (in cats, this can look like panting)severe lethargy or lack of energybeing unable to keep down food or waterblood in vomit and/or blood in diarrheagums that are not pink (definitely an emergency if they are white, blue, purple, yellow, or cherry red!)a bloated abdomen, especially if suddenseeing your cat swallow a piece of stringfinding foreign material (like a piece of a toy) in your pet's vomit
Emergency pet hospitals in Pittsburgh open 24/7/365:
(If you can, call ahead before arriving with your pet!)
Avets in Monroeville
Address: 4224 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146
PVSEC in the North Hills/Pittsburgh
Address: 807 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
PVSEC in the South Hills/Washington
Address: 1535 Washington Rd, Washington, PA 15301
MedVet in McMurray
Address: 2810 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA 15317
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (phone service)
Staffed with vets and toxicologists 24/7.
PROMOTION: APRIL 2021
4Dx Plus Tests discounted $15 (from $55 to $40).
The 4Dx Plus is a test for vector-borne diseases in dogs (i.e. diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos). In western PA, we strongly recommend it as part of every dog's yearly wellness exam.
Specifically, the 4Dx test checks for the 3 most common tickborne diseases in PA: Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis. It also tests for Heartworm disease, which is transmitted through mosquito bites.
Even if you don't think your dog has ever had a tick, it's definitely worth testing them at least once a year to be certain that they're clear. Unfortunately, we see and treat a lot of Lyme disease in this area - often in dogs whose owner never saw a tick on them! It's always best if it's caught early, ideally before symptoms develop. (Symptoms of Lyme disease range from limping and sore joints to fever, lethargy, or even kidney failure.)
The test requires just a small amount of blood, and turn-around time is ~1 business day. Please consider it during your dog's next wellness exam or vaccine appointment!!
COVID-19 BIOSECURITY PROTOCOL
We take the ongoing coronavirus pandemic extremely seriously. We are following all biosecurity recommendations from the CDC, WHO, AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), and PVMA (Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association). We are staying current on global coronavirus trends and statistics for the state of Pennsylvania.
Our current biosecurity protocol is the following:
All team members will check their temperatures prior to starting a shift. Any team member with a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (and/or having any symptoms potentially consistent with COVID-19) will quarantine and not be permitted to work.
Each team member will wear a clean mask, face shield, pair of disposable gloves, and pair of clean scrubs to every appointment. Scrubs will be changed between appointments.
Hands will be washed and/or sanitized as frequently as possible; especially before, during and after every appointment.
When possible, we will keep a 6-foot distance from all owners and household members.
If any of our team members (or clients) test positive for COVID-19, we will immediately alert all clients to whom this information may be relevant.
IF ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE COUGHING, SNEEZING, HAVE A FEVER, HAVE A SORE THROAT, HAVE BEEN TO A COVID HOT SPOT WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS, HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO A KNOWN COVID-POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL, HAVE TESTED POSITIVE THEMSELVES FOR COVID-19 (AT ANY TIME), OR HAVE HAD A DOCTOR TELL THEM THAT THEY HIGHLY SUSPECT THEY HAVE COVID (DESPITE A NEGATIVE TEST OR LACK OF TEST), WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE INFORM US OF THIS INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THIS APPLIES UP TO 14 DAYS AFTER YOUR PET'S APPOINTMENT.
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