Dr. Melissa Magnuson, The Conscious Vet

Dr. Melissa Magnuson, The Conscious Vet Dr. Magnuson is committed to being a resource for credible and timely information to pet owners and veterinarians about the care of and connection to pets

Dr. Magnuson is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has over 20 years of medical and surgical experience with dogs, cats, birds and exotic species. She started and practices at her three AAHA accredited hospitals in New Hampshire which employ over 60 team members. Dr. Magnuson's passion lies in educating clients about how to properly care for their pets to prevent disease. She prides herself on ha

Dr. Magnuson is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has over 20 years of medical and surgical experience with dogs, cats, birds and exotic species. She started and practices at her three AAHA accredited hospitals in New Hampshire which employ over 60 team members. Dr. Magnuson's passion lies in educating clients about how to properly care for their pets to prevent disease. She prides herself on ha

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Bilbo is an African spurred  or sulcata tortoise. He weighs 52 pounds right now but can grow to 200 pounds! They are str...
06/05/2021

Bilbo is an African spurred or sulcata tortoise. He weighs 52 pounds right now but can grow to 200 pounds! They are strictly plant eaters, very docile, and can live over 70 years. They like to dig and can make burrows underground down to 30 feet or more and as long as 30 yards! They are a pet in which you must be dedicated for a very long time and have the ability to provide housing that mimics their natural habitat. Because of how long they live, you may need to will them to a loved one if they live longer than you! #africanspurredtortoise #sulcatatortoise

Look closely...those are real eyelashes! They exist in the wild! At least on dogs they do! #petsandpeople #dogeyelashes
06/01/2021

Look closely...those are real eyelashes! They exist in the wild! At least on dogs they do! #petsandpeople #dogeyelashes

Look closely...those are real eyelashes! They exist in the wild! At least on dogs they do! #petsandpeople #dogeyelashes

05/23/2021
Pandemic puppies!

More pandemic puppies! Finnegan James LOVES the vet hospital and he has made Kat’s day so much brighter too! #pandemicpuppies #petsandpeople #Animality

Pandemic Puppies! They keep getting more adorable...George Michael had his first visit to the vet and won the hearts of ...
05/08/2021

Pandemic Puppies! They keep getting more adorable...George Michael had his first visit to the vet and won the hearts of all my staff. His presence caused instant happy! Thank you George! #petsandpeople #Animality

Melissa

Pandemic Puppies! They keep getting more adorable...George Michael had his first visit to the vet and won the hearts of all my staff. His presence caused instant happy! Thank you George! #petsandpeople #Animality

Melissa

Meet a gorgeous pied ball python, she has a color pattern I’ve never seen before-doesn't it make her absolutely beautifu...
05/02/2021

Meet a gorgeous pied ball python, she has a color pattern I’ve never seen before-doesn't it make her absolutely beautiful? Shockingly interesting, right? Can you stop looking? I couldn’t. Different color patterns in animals capture our attention and everyone stops to look, and most of the time, ask curious questions why they are so beautiful, how does that happen. Well, the quick answer is genetics, that’s all. Same for people (we are animals after all!), we are all different colors, let’s accept and be curious of all colors of all people. It is what makes us interesting and absolutely beautiful.
Melissa #ballpython #petsandpeople #Animality

Meet a gorgeous pied ball python, she has a color pattern I’ve never seen before-doesn't it make her absolutely beautiful? Shockingly interesting, right? Can you stop looking? I couldn’t. Different color patterns in animals capture our attention and everyone stops to look, and most of the time, ask curious questions why they are so beautiful, how does that happen. Well, the quick answer is genetics, that’s all. Same for people (we are animals after all!), we are all different colors, let’s accept and be curious of all colors of all people. It is what makes us interesting and absolutely beautiful.
Melissa #ballpython #petsandpeople #Animality

It’s another Pandemic Puppy! This little golden doodle, Charlie, gets the award for overwhelming cuteness today. If ther...
05/01/2021

It’s another Pandemic Puppy! This little golden doodle, Charlie, gets the award for overwhelming cuteness today. If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us is that our connection to animals is super important. We all need to have connection, it is what drives joy, love, happiness, and feeling accepted. Our pets have done this for us this pandemic, all those things and more! Check out my book Animality, for more stories on pet connection, and what brings us joy and acceptance. https://amzn.to/334RCWT #animality #pandemicpets #petsandpeople #petconnections

It’s another Pandemic Puppy! This little golden doodle, Charlie, gets the award for overwhelming cuteness today. If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us is that our connection to animals is super important. We all need to have connection, it is what drives joy, love, happiness, and feeling accepted. Our pets have done this for us this pandemic, all those things and more! Check out my book Animality, for more stories on pet connection, and what brings us joy and acceptance. https://amzn.to/334RCWT #animality #pandemicpets #petsandpeople #petconnections

How big is this chameleon? He’s just 12 grams, less than a tablespoon of butter! He’s quite tiny but the first picture m...
04/30/2021

How big is this chameleon? He’s just 12 grams, less than a tablespoon of butter! He’s quite tiny but the first picture makes him appear rather big. Sometimes perceptions are all wrong. Sometimes we need to look closer, we need to stop and think, we need to compare and contrast. Our world is going through a pandemic (that’s a big place!) We are part of that expansive world but we are all pretty small within it. Stop to think how big or how small your part in this world may be. Does your problem seem really, really, big? Maybe stopping and take a closer look, think, digest, and contrast your problem, maybe it is only a dime size issue, maybe it’s bigger. Make sure you have help around you to put things in perspective. Then, and only then, we can understand the full picture. #perspective #animality #chameleon

Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Most local Police Stations are taking back controlled substances tod...
04/24/2021
Take Back Day

Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Most local Police Stations are taking back controlled substances today so people (and pets) do not die needlessly from accessing them. We see several pets that get into their owners medications and some of these can be deadly. Please get rid of old controlled drug prescriptions today and save a life! To find a drop off location near you, check out the DEA website. https://takebackday.dea.gov

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Have something to say? Most dogs say it! So does my daughter! Lol! How do your pets speak to you?  #speakyourmind #petsa...
04/16/2021

Have something to say? Most dogs say it! So does my daughter! Lol! How do your pets speak to you? #speakyourmind #petsandpeople

Have something to say? Most dogs say it! So does my daughter! Lol! How do your pets speak to you? #speakyourmind #petsandpeople

Rainbows can be enjoyed by everyone. Even little Hampsters ❤️
04/11/2021

Rainbows can be enjoyed by everyone. Even little Hampsters ❤️

Rainbows can be enjoyed by everyone. Even little Hampsters ❤️

Sometimes I seriously fall in love with my patients! All four and a half pounds of him! ❤️Finley the long haired chihuah...
04/03/2021

Sometimes I seriously fall in love with my patients! All four and a half pounds of him! ❤️Finley the long haired chihuahua!

Our little gecko friend had this, what is it? It’s a pr*****ed hemipene (similar to a p***s in mammals but Gecko's have ...
04/02/2021

Our little gecko friend had this, what is it? It’s a pr*****ed hemipene (similar to a p***s in mammals but Gecko's have 2, one on each side) and is twisted and swollen (OUCH!) I had to amputate to give him comfort. He is doing much better now! #gecko #hemipene

This parrot somehow was still eating with his beak overgrown. I was happy to trim and reconstruct his beak so he could f...
03/27/2021

This parrot somehow was still eating with his beak overgrown. I was happy to trim and reconstruct his beak so he could function better. #birdcare #Animality

What does a hamster, hedgehog, bearded dragon, bunny, cat, and 3 dogs have in common? They are all sick patients I saw i...
03/26/2021

What does a hamster, hedgehog, bearded dragon, bunny, cat, and 3 dogs have in common? They are all sick patients I saw in one morning, I hope all are on the mend and feeling better! ❤

What does a hamster, hedgehog, bearded dragon, bunny, cat, and 3 dogs have in common? They are all sick patients I saw in one morning, I hope all are on the mend and feeling better! ❤

Have you ever just enjoyed the moment so much you melted into it? Try it. Butters is making the most of his present situ...
03/22/2021

Have you ever just enjoyed the moment so much you melted into it? Try it. Butters is making the most of his present situation. You should too! Enjoy your week! #enjoythemoment #animality

Have you ever just enjoyed the moment so much you melted into it? Try it. Butters is making the most of his present situation. You should too! Enjoy your week! #enjoythemoment #animality

When you focus on the goal, you have a good chance of reaching it. #focusonyourgoal #thinklikeadog #petsandpeople
03/12/2021

When you focus on the goal, you have a good chance of reaching it. #focusonyourgoal #thinklikeadog #petsandpeople

When you focus on the goal, you have a good chance of reaching it. #focusonyourgoal #thinklikeadog #petsandpeople

Do you ever feel like you have limitations? Or boundaries you just can’t break through? Sometimes when you put a coat or...
03/11/2021

Do you ever feel like you have limitations? Or boundaries you just can’t break through? Sometimes when you put a coat or leash on a dog they will freeze and they cannot walk or the feel very anxious about their new restrictions. How does your pet react? Do they lay down and stay silent trying to understand their new circumstance? Or do they panic, spin in circles, try to get the coat or leash off because they don’t want to be limited? We are the same. When we face new challenges or limitations that make boundaries for us we may stop and think or we may panic. The more careful present thought we give our circumstance the better chance we can stay curious and creative with the solution. What’s limiting you and how are you going to respond? #understandyoursurroundings #dontpanic #petsandpeople #animality

Do you ever feel like you have limitations? Or boundaries you just can’t break through? Sometimes when you put a coat or leash on a dog they will freeze and they cannot walk or the feel very anxious about their new restrictions. How does your pet react? Do they lay down and stay silent trying to understand their new circumstance? Or do they panic, spin in circles, try to get the coat or leash off because they don’t want to be limited? We are the same. When we face new challenges or limitations that make boundaries for us we may stop and think or we may panic. The more careful present thought we give our circumstance the better chance we can stay curious and creative with the solution. What’s limiting you and how are you going to respond? #understandyoursurroundings #dontpanic #petsandpeople #animality

Chickens like to roost, even in a veterinary hospital! Okra has found a place to roost while waiting for her ultrasound....
03/10/2021

Chickens like to roost, even in a veterinary hospital! Okra has found a place to roost while waiting for her ultrasound. Chickens roost to be safe from predators at night while they sleep. Okra is safe in our hospital but because of all the new noises, roosting most likely makes her feel more secure. #roosting #chicken #animality

Chickens like to roost, even in a veterinary hospital! Okra has found a place to roost while waiting for her ultrasound. Chickens roost to be safe from predators at night while they sleep. Okra is safe in our hospital but because of all the new noises, roosting most likely makes her feel more secure. #roosting #chicken #animality

03/08/2021
Not One More Vet

Veterinary medicine is in crisis. Veterinarians have one of the highest su***de rates of any profession. A number of vets have lost the battle, including recently some prominent vets within the profession. The #NOMV “Not One More Vet” awareness campaign is about trying to tackle su***de within the veterinary industry. I felt compelled to post a video for those in the profession and to pet owners that discuss the crisis, its causes and how we can all help. Remember there is no shame or judgement if you need to talk to someone. Call the National Su***de prevention hotline (800) 273-8255 or visit https://www.nomv.org. #kindnessmatters #NOMV #su***deprevention

This is Angel, she is being treated for a heartworm infection. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. A mosquito that is i...
03/06/2021

This is Angel, she is being treated for a heartworm infection. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. A mosquito that is infected with heartworm bites your dog and passes the infection to your dog. If your dog is on once monthly heartworm prevention, the heartworm passed on from the mosquito will be killed. If your dog is not, that baby heartworm grows into an adult heartworm in 6 months. The once monthly heartworm prevention ONLY works on the BABY heartworm infection (within 30 days), if the baby heartworm grows beyond 30 days, the heartworm prevention does not work. This is why it is SO important to give once monthly heartworm prevention. Our blood tests cannot detect heartworm infection until that worm is 6 months old! Then if your dog has heartworm it must get an injectable medication that makes your dog feel ill and causes much pain. Angel is getting lots of TLC from us because we know how much the injectable medication makes dogs feel terrible. Angel came up as a rescue dog from the south with her infection. With so many rescue imports we are seeing much more heartworm positive dogs—so PLEASE keep your dog on monthly heartworm prevention, it is so important to protect them from this awful infection. #heartwormprevention #petsandpeople

This is Angel, she is being treated for a heartworm infection. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. A mosquito that is infected with heartworm bites your dog and passes the infection to your dog. If your dog is on once monthly heartworm prevention, the heartworm passed on from the mosquito will be killed. If your dog is not, that baby heartworm grows into an adult heartworm in 6 months. The once monthly heartworm prevention ONLY works on the BABY heartworm infection (within 30 days), if the baby heartworm grows beyond 30 days, the heartworm prevention does not work. This is why it is SO important to give once monthly heartworm prevention. Our blood tests cannot detect heartworm infection until that worm is 6 months old! Then if your dog has heartworm it must get an injectable medication that makes your dog feel ill and causes much pain. Angel is getting lots of TLC from us because we know how much the injectable medication makes dogs feel terrible. Angel came up as a rescue dog from the south with her infection. With so many rescue imports we are seeing much more heartworm positive dogs—so PLEASE keep your dog on monthly heartworm prevention, it is so important to protect them from this awful infection. #heartwormprevention #petsandpeople

Helper? During the pandemic many of us have found ways of working and interacting with our pets. When kennel space runs ...
02/28/2021

Helper? During the pandemic many of us have found ways of working and interacting with our pets. When kennel space runs low our staff's own pets hang with them while they work. Pongo, I think, is making sure Amber is safe by surveying the situation. How have your pets helped you during this unprecedented time? #pandemicpets #animality

Helper? During the pandemic many of us have found ways of working and interacting with our pets. When kennel space runs low our staff's own pets hang with them while they work. Pongo, I think, is making sure Amber is safe by surveying the situation. How have your pets helped you during this unprecedented time? #pandemicpets #animality

Poor Roux has an ouchy eye! Luckily it is just an infection that can be treated with an antibiotic. Eye issues require m...
02/27/2021

Poor Roux has an ouchy eye! Luckily it is just an infection that can be treated with an antibiotic. Eye issues require medical attention quickly. If your pet is squinting an eye-it hurts! If the eye is red-it hurts! If the eye is bulging-it hurts! Pets can lose use and vision of an eye if left untreated. Conditions like uveitis, where the eye is red and squinty, can lead to conditions like glaucoma in less than 24 hours and glaucoma can quickly be a surgical emergency. So if your pet’s eye is squinty, closed, red, has discharge, bulging, or seems painful-get medical attention right away. #uveitis #petcare #cats

Poor Roux has an ouchy eye! Luckily it is just an infection that can be treated with an antibiotic. Eye issues require medical attention quickly. If your pet is squinting an eye-it hurts! If the eye is red-it hurts! If the eye is bulging-it hurts! Pets can lose use and vision of an eye if left untreated. Conditions like uveitis, where the eye is red and squinty, can lead to conditions like glaucoma in less than 24 hours and glaucoma can quickly be a surgical emergency. So if your pet’s eye is squinty, closed, red, has discharge, bulging, or seems painful-get medical attention right away. #uveitis #petcare #cats

RyAnn is a dog whisperer. This adorable little Miniature Pincher, Brody, typically just likes his owner and isn’t partic...
02/21/2021

RyAnn is a dog whisperer. This adorable little Miniature Pincher, Brody, typically just likes his owner and isn’t particularly fond of us. Since moving curbside and dogs are separated from owners we have found that many pets, away from owners, act very different from their typical behavior. Brody, when with mom, feels he needs to be all that and a bag of potato chips and protect mom from me and needs a muzzle. For many years we have had to muzzle him just to examine him. This year-it was very different. RyAnn came in snuggling him and I examined him and we even cut his nails with no issue at all, it’s the first time in years I looked at all his teeth! Moral of the story...sometimes our pets, just like our kids, act better when they are not with us! And some good things are coming out of the pandemic-a chance to learn and grow! #petsteachus #petsandpeople #animality #dogwhisperer

RyAnn is a dog whisperer. This adorable little Miniature Pincher, Brody, typically just likes his owner and isn’t particularly fond of us. Since moving curbside and dogs are separated from owners we have found that many pets, away from owners, act very different from their typical behavior. Brody, when with mom, feels he needs to be all that and a bag of potato chips and protect mom from me and needs a muzzle. For many years we have had to muzzle him just to examine him. This year-it was very different. RyAnn came in snuggling him and I examined him and we even cut his nails with no issue at all, it’s the first time in years I looked at all his teeth! Moral of the story...sometimes our pets, just like our kids, act better when they are not with us! And some good things are coming out of the pandemic-a chance to learn and grow! #petsteachus #petsandpeople #animality #dogwhisperer

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This is the most amazing yet heart-wrenching video. It reminded me of your understanding of animals and their people. https://www.facebook.com/randomvideos77/videos/2116867285047941
I was wondering if hypothyroidism and addisons is passed from parents to puppies
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Good Afternoon Dr. Can you please assist me with advice. This is my cat SKOLLIE. There is something wrong
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Is it ok to give guinea pigs Himalayan salt ?
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Hello! I have a question I’m hoping you can answer. Grace has two pet mice (who were bred to be fed to snakes, yet she saved them from a pet store) - Blueberry and Muffin, both girls. She has had them for about three months. They were in the same cage together at the pet store and have gotten along well...until now. This week, one mouse started being very aggressive toward the other and attacking it. She also stole food and would not allow the other to eat. Any idea why this may be happening? Grace is so sad she may wake up to find one of her mice no longer alive. 😢
Here is a weird one, I picked a tiny tick off my dog's tongue the other day. It looked like a speck of dirt or dust it was so small. But when it didn't go away and I looked closer I saw what it was. Never knew I needed to check his mouth for ticks but figured I would share!