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Involved Coordinated Medicine

Once upon a time, I had a few problems. I needed antibiotics every time I ate, because my dental disease was so bad that it hurt to chew.

I also had heart problems, so none of the specialists I saw wanted to risk addressing the dental issues, for fear of adverse effects on my heart. 

Then, my parents took me to Mission Pet Hospital.

You might be wondering how a dog is typing this. That's not super important.

What matters is that I now lead a normal life. My parents couldn't believe it, at first. The difference? At MPH, the veterinarians saw how each issue I faced was linked to my other problems. They also diagnosed several additional conditions that had affected me for years. These problems had been previously undetected, because we were seeing doctors who were limited to one specialty, rather than a veterinarian with the knowledge and capability to examine the whole picture of my health and how everything fit together.

-- Sophie, age 12


We'll admit it: Sophie didn't really write the above testimonial. But we're pretty sure that's how she'd describe the situation -- and we're proud to say that she's now happily eating her food with no antibiotics! We successfully treated her other issues, too.

And we've faced this situation all the time throughout the past 30 years of serving our community: we're able to solve problems that owners didn't think could be solved. That's because our expertise and our capabilities have given us the power to practice involved, coordinated medicine.

On-site, Mission Pet Hospital performs ultrasounds, surgeries, chemotherapy, dental, and an array of complex practices that we're uniquely equipped to handle. We insist on being able to do all of this, so that we can interpret abnormalities, or the differences in surgical techniques. Our approaches are richly informed by the knowledge of our 6 veterinarians. At MPH, numerous experts constantly coordinate in the same state-of-the-art space. This facilitates the best possible care, both diagnostically and therapeutically.


We also regularly consult with specialists in different cities, states, and countries. Our paws-- er, boots-on-the-ground approach combines beautifully with the information we gather from specialists across disciplines. The ability to coordinate and interpret opinions is another part of our value as general practitioners. And since we're more involved, we're better able to coordinate.

For example, a dog with heart disease, dental disease, and chronic intermittent diarrhea would benefit from the opinions

of a cardiologist, a dental specialist, an internal medicine specialist, and an anesthesiologist. At MPH, we gather opinions from these sources, as we keep the “whole picture” in mind. We apply that perspective to perform the highest quality of anesthesia and dental work. This coordination applies to emergency and overnight care as well, where we benefit even more from the perspective of you and your pet.

We give you the best of both worlds: we diagnose and treat specific problems, but we're not limited to a single discipline. We synthesize the expertise of both our doctors and outside specialists into an actionable solution for your pet.

Then -- as many pets like Sophie can attest -- we make the solution reality.

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