Dr. Shawn Messonnier

Groom Your Dog for a Happy & Healthy Life

In my book, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, I list “grooming” as one of the steps necessary to have a healthy pet. It's an overlooked but vitally important part of pet care for several reasons. First, any time spent with your pet increases the bond the two of you share, which is important for [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:28+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Pets

One of the more commonly employed natural therapies for human health involves chiropractic manipulation. While not as commonly used in pets (probably due to the lack of availability of properly trained veterinary chiropractors,) it is a viable therapy, especially for pets with musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic medicine uses manipulation of the vertebrae in the spine to [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:28+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

Managing Anxiety in Pets Naturally

One of the more common behavior problems for which I am consulted involves anxiety-related issues in dogs and cats. The problems range from simply being anxious when going to the doctor’s office or grooming shop, and thunderstorm phobias, all the way to severe separation anxiety. Behavior modification is very important in dealing with any type [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|

Antioxidants to Heal and Prevent Disease

One of the most common classes of nutritional supplements prescribed by veterinarians is antioxidants. Certain supplements, including vitamins and minerals, function in the body to reduce oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs within the body's cells as a normal result of cellular metabolism, detoxification, and energy production. Inflammation in the body represents a [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:32+00:00 June 25th, 2017|

5 Goals for Developing a Holistic Health Pet Plan

As a holistic veterinarian, I have developed 5 simple goals to keep my patients happy, healthy, and living a long life. These are preventing disease, saying NO to drugs, healing the pet rather than treating disease, offering “Hope for the Hopeless” and saving money on pet care. Follow these plans and watch your pets thrive [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:36+00:00 February 12th, 2017|

Choosing The Best Diet For Your Pet

There are many choices of diets for pet owners to consider when trying to decide what to feed their pets. These include homemade - raw and cooked, and of course processed wet food and kibble. As a practicing veterinarian, I try to be flexible with my clients. I want them to choose the best food [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:38+00:00 November 14th, 2016|

Diet: The Foundation for a Successful Holistic Pet Care Plan

I consult with pet owners every day, both in person at my hospital, Paws & Claws Holistic Animal Hospital in Plano, Texas and on the phone with pet parents who don’t live nearby. All of them want me to prescribe supplements to either help their pets stay healthy and try to prevent problems like cancer, [...]

2017-07-10T22:16:46+00:00 October 5th, 2016|