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Dr. Melissa Magnuson, The Conscious Vet

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Ajax! This gorgeous hunk of love is a 100-pound formidable German Shepherd that suffered from much anxiety. He would com...
10/23/2022

Ajax! This gorgeous hunk of love is a 100-pound formidable German Shepherd that suffered from much anxiety. He would come into the hospital and pace in the exam room- he was stressed- his owner was stressed, and together we needed to figure out how to make him more comfortable. Ajax was prone to gastrointestinal upset (diarrhea and vomiting) which is not unusual with stressed dogs. Sound familiar? Many people who have anxiety have gastrointestinal issues as well! Ajax owner was open to integrative and holistic medicine and met with our holistic doctor, Dr. Ayse Washington. After changing his diet to Fresh Pet (real fresh food made without preservatives) and adding some supplements, that alone changed Ajax world! He became less anxious within 2 weeks and his stomach has settled down and been stable. He even laid down and relaxed for this pic in the exam room! Fresh real food is TOTALLY OKAY to feed your pet! Many of my clients say "I never feed people food" and I say, I think you should! I recommend to feed real cooked meat, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. If you can feed organic, even better! We are not meant to eat processed food all the time, nor are our pets. Processed pet food is convenient and easy, but not always the best nutrition. Try adding in some fresh food to your pet's world-I bet they will love it!

Sandy is an 11-week-old English Labrador who has some extra skin to grow into! While filling in for a doc who was out, I...
10/21/2022

Sandy is an 11-week-old English Labrador who has some extra skin to grow into! While filling in for a doc who was out, I was fortunate to meet her! Mom asked; "How do I get her to stop using my kids as chew toys???" Great question! When puppies are babies they love to use their mouths to explore, it’s normal. The problem is, their baby teeth are super sharp and hurt! Best thing to do is to teach your kids not to use their hands to play. Puppies see the hands as toys, so always have a toy to give your puppy BEFORE you engage. So if they start getting mouthy, you can put the real chew toy right into their mouth. Give your child 2 toys, one in each hand, so they always take the toy and not the child’s hand. Another great training tip—get your family and puppy into a puppy training class. Your kids will love it and learn so much!!! They will definitely follow the trainer rules better than yours!

10/19/2022

Pennie is a Leonberger and has been limping for several days. You can see how she hold up her left rear leg. After I examined her I noted swelling around her knee on the left side and laxity (unusual looseness) of the joint. I believe she has injured her cruciate ligaments in her knee. When dogs limp or hold up their leg they are painful. The often don’t react when the leg is manipulated so often times owners don’t think they are painful. If your dog does not walk on their leg normally, that means it hurts. It may not be excruciating pain but enough pain to not place pressure on the foot. Think about if you sprained your ankle, could you put weight on it without it hurting? Probably not. That’s why it’s very important to get anti-inflammatory and pain medicine from your veterinarian for limping dogs-they hurt. Often times with pain medicine and extended rest (usually 14 days) they will heal. If they don’t they will need X-rays to diagnose what is wrong. Sometimes veterinarians recommend X-rays right away if the limp or pain is severe. As with humans, many of our soft-tissue injuries (like muscle and ligaments) will heal on their own with rest and pain medicine. If more severe, then tests are warranted. Remember our pets rarely complain (like us) so we must be watching for these signs of pin so we can help them.

Meet Riot! A 1-year-old Maltese who I was honored to meet while visiting my daughter at the University of Arizona. Riot ...
10/17/2022

Meet Riot! A 1-year-old Maltese who I was honored to meet while visiting my daughter at the University of Arizona. Riot is my daughter's roommates' dog, and he is smaller than my daughter's cat!!! I love love love how pet friendly the U of A is and all the surrounding apartments in Tucson. It's wonderful to see that they value the pet connection and welcome it!

Meet Riley, she is owned by my amazing technician, and she thought it a good idea to check out a skunk! Oh No! Oh yes! M...
10/16/2022

Meet Riley, she is owned by my amazing technician, and she thought it a good idea to check out a skunk! Oh No! Oh yes! My tech called me because Riley was furiously rubbing her face. Skunk spray burns the eyes like crazy! If you live in skunk territory have these things on hand: eye wash or saline to flush the eyes until they don't hurt or human eye artificial tears from the drug store to lubricate the eyes after flushing. Then you need to 'de stink' your dog: make this: 2T hydrogen peroxide, 2 T baking soda and 2T Dawn dish washing liquid-make a paste and spread on the dog where sprayed (if you have a big dog you will need more), then let sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse. This at home concoction will help cut the oil from the skunk spray, neutralize, and soften that pungent smell. You may need to repeat, however, careful to keep this away from the eyes and ears and it will dry out your dog's hair coat. Dawn strips all oils! That's why their hair coat will feel "not soft" afterwards. Also keep in mind if you do a topical flea and tick preventative (the ones you apply to the skin like Vectra, Frontline, Advantage, these will wash off with Dawn dish soap. Don't reapply for a week or so until the natural oils build back up or they won't work! These topical products need oil to move the chemical to protect your dog. If your dog keeps rubbing his face, or the eyes are really red and irritated after copious flushing with eye wash, then seek medical attention.

This cute little dwarf hamster had very overgrown upper incisors and was having much trouble eating. After a brief anest...
10/15/2022

This cute little dwarf hamster had very overgrown upper incisors and was having much trouble eating. After a brief anesthesia I trimmed his teeth so he could eat again. Rodent teeth can get out of alignment if they are not chewing on things frequently. Be sure to provide many chewable things like wood, paper, seed, veggies, hay, and dried plant fibers. Rodent teeth are constantly erupting teeth, if they don't run into other teeth they will just keep growing. Interact with your hamster daily to make sure they are eating and not having teeth issues.

Nothing better than double fi***ng 2 orange boys! ❤️
10/14/2022

Nothing better than double fi***ng 2 orange boys! ❤️

I call it Resting Rabbit Face. Willis was having a bad hair day (shedding excessively, it's that time of year) and he re...
10/12/2022

I call it Resting Rabbit Face. Willis was having a bad hair day (shedding excessively, it's that time of year) and he really saw no need for a follow-up appointment as he was feeling SO much better! Willis had chronic tearing from his eyes (often caused by infection or clogged tear ducts) and an ear infection. I treated both and Willis, being 10 years old, thought the follow-up appointment unnecessary. Many do. Follow-up exams are absolutely necessary even if feeling better. Sometimes we see things and find things on physical exams that owners do not, so be sure to always take your pet to the follow up exam! Your pet will appreciate your dedication to their health even if they don’t show it!

Check out how well this little Guinea pig healed his eye so fast! He had a descemetocele. What the heck is that? It’s wh...
10/10/2022

Check out how well this little Guinea pig healed his eye so fast! He had a descemetocele. What the heck is that? It’s when the inside of the eye comes through the cornea or surface of the eye. It is usually caused by trauma. Proper and timely treatment yields great results! ❤

10/09/2022

I work out daily. It is where I can ground and connect with myself physically and emotionally and it prepares me for the day. My cat, Fiona, has taken to working out with me! She LOVES when I do my NordicTrack bike because she sits right here and stares at me! Not kidding, the whole time. She somehow enjoys the gentle sway of the bike and we just connect for 30 minutes. Sometimes I have my best conversations with this little gem. Why? Because she is a fantastic listener! She also agrees with me, and I can feel how she supports me. Think I'm a little crazy? Maybe a little...but working out daily and slowing down to connect with friends are important pieces of self-care. You are the only person that will always be with you, learn to take care of you!

10/08/2022

Laughter is the best medicine! Poncho, the Amazon parrot, has figured this one out! He thought either he or me? was funny and kept laughing. He was so much fun! Notice his cheeks, how big they are, this is not normal and he has ruptures of his cervicocephalic air sacs. Those puffy cheeks are filled with air. It is not painful and difficult to correct. Birds not only have lungs but additional air sacs all over their bodies which help in flight-extra air, extra oxygen, extra energy for flight! If birds get an infection, have trauma to this area, or have a blockage in the air sac, they can rupture the air sac. We are not sure how this happened to Poncho but luckily it does not seem to slow him down one bit!

It was my daughter's birthday. My cat Kiwi did not find the celebration and decorations as fun as we did! I love what th...
10/07/2022

It was my daughter's birthday. My cat Kiwi did not find the celebration and decorations as fun as we did! I love what the facial expressions of cats tell us...exactly how they feel! There is no reading between the lines with cats. If only reading people were that easy!

They are super cute, and super endangered. These are captive bred Abronia lizards. They live in the forests of Mexico an...
10/05/2022

They are super cute, and super endangered. These are captive bred Abronia lizards. They live in the forests of Mexico and Guatemala. They look like tiny little alligators and require advanced and careful care, so they thrive. Our world is filled with so many cool species, we must remember to preserve the nature they live in, or they simply won't be admired any longer.

I love the compassion of veterinary staff. I caught Alecia cradling and cuddling Kessel while waiting to take her x-rays...
10/03/2022

I love the compassion of veterinary staff. I caught Alecia cradling and cuddling Kessel while waiting to take her x-rays. The deep love we feel for pets is real. Know that when your pet has to stay in the vet hospital, we are loving them just the same❤️

10/02/2022

I LOVE this cat! Pumpkin, an 18-year-old calico kitty, really did not want to be at her vet appointment. Our pets communicate loud and clear if we listen. It was evident that Pumpkin wanted out the door. What does your pet tell you daily? Pay attention, often they "speak", and we ignore. Try paying attention and see if you can speak their language. Sometimes it's fun to learn!

Braveheart brought Lamby with him to his appointment. Even our pets need emotional support animals.
09/28/2022

Braveheart brought Lamby with him to his appointment. Even our pets need emotional support animals.

Barley is in his matching shades with Steven patiently waiting for his Class IV therapy laser treatment. Laser therapy i...
09/25/2022

Barley is in his matching shades with Steven patiently waiting for his Class IV therapy laser treatment. Laser therapy is light therapy that targets inflamed cells and allows cells to heal. It's non-invasive and provides pain relief with no side-effects. Barley's knee is on the mend and feeling better after several treatments-he looks really cute too! ❤️

Wow. Fifty-five years ago today, Dian Fossey single handedly started a movement to save the gorillas. I'm so touched sha...
09/24/2022

Wow. Fifty-five years ago today, Dian Fossey single handedly started a movement to save the gorillas. I'm so touched sharing this because I had the opportunity to walk on the same ground and observe the same gorilla family she did. It was truly life changing. We share our world with all the glories of nature. We must stop and recognize the importance of all the plants and animals on our planet and know that sharing this global space starts with honoring the pieces that connect us together. This is the basis of my book Animality- we are all connected. We all belong.

Blaze and Barley thought it was the most boring appointment ever! I love it when pets are this comfortable at the hospit...
09/20/2022

Blaze and Barley thought it was the most boring appointment ever! I love it when pets are this comfortable at the hospital. Makes me think we are doing it right!❤️

09/18/2022

Nature gives us many gifts. We must be open to receiving. This morning while in my backyard I noticed a brown spiky thing in a low tree that looked odd. As I moved closer I found this baby porcupine munching on leaves. What a gift! He’s adorable! At least I think so!

The birds and wildlife outside keep many of our pets entertained during appointments. I never thought that facing a cons...
09/17/2022

The birds and wildlife outside keep many of our pets entertained during appointments. I never thought that facing a conservation area would bring joy to pets too! Anytime you can connect with nature-it just feels good! ❤️

Daisy's dad shared this with me. It melts my heart. Daisy is a Golden Retriever who is quite nervous at the vet's office...
09/13/2022

Daisy's dad shared this with me. It melts my heart. Daisy is a Golden Retriever who is quite nervous at the vet's office. During the appointment she walked over and leaned into me heavily. I held and pet her head. She stopped vibrating and shaking. Sometimes our pets need us as much as we need them. Thank you for this photo. My heart is filled❤️

Ms. Olive just had 3 large chewing teeth removed yesterday because they were fractured (broken) and infected. Her owners...
09/11/2022

Ms. Olive just had 3 large chewing teeth removed yesterday because they were fractured (broken) and infected. Her owners were very concerned about the broken teeth as they should be. When dogs break teeth, the pulp cavity (or living root system connected to blood supply) is exposed and vulnerable to infection. That infection can be painful and affect the whole body if the infection spreads. Removing fractured and infected teeth makes patients feel so much better! Have you ever had a toothache? This is how our pets feel and often they cannot even tell us, they just live with the pain. Tooth pain can cause undesirable behaviors like peeing in the house, chewing up things they're not supposed to, having abnormal night behaviors, and a less playful attitude. If you are able check your pets' teeth on a weekly basis to look for things that look funny to you. If you see something say something to your veterinarian, they can help.

Stanley is adorable, really adorable. He is a Scottish fold kitten who brought Andrea, my technician to tears. She loves...
09/04/2022

Stanley is adorable, really adorable. He is a Scottish fold kitten who brought Andrea, my technician to tears. She loves loves loves these cats and it just shows that pure joy is possible. Go hug your pet today and wrap that feeling all around you. ❤️❤️

Sometimes the vet is just too much to process. This baby pug was a tag-a-long for a pet salamander I was seeing. It seem...
08/30/2022

Sometimes the vet is just too much to process. This baby pug was a tag-a-long for a pet salamander I was seeing. It seems I bored him to sleep with talking about salamander care! ❤️

Fancy just quite doesn't fully capture how lovely Rumple is! He is a fancy pigeon and having some upper respiratory issu...
08/27/2022

Fancy just quite doesn't fully capture how lovely Rumple is! He is a fancy pigeon and having some upper respiratory issues. We took some X-rays to make sure his lungs were not affected and hopefully he is on the mend with his medication.

Spike is a gorgeous 16-year-old iguana. She was having bloody stool and not acting herself. Yes, iguana live that long a...
08/21/2022

Spike is a gorgeous 16-year-old iguana. She was having bloody stool and not acting herself. Yes, iguana live that long and yes, we can help them! Many people believe reptiles cannot be treated or they are too difficult to diagnose. It's not true. Reptiles may have some distinct differences from mammals, but they can have a physical exam and many laboratory tests that can help us determine what is going on. We are waiting for a few more tests to come in but we started treating her for a gastrointestinal bleed. We are hoping for the medication kicks in soon and makes her feel better. Many healing thoughts for Spike!

My colleague, Dr. Hale cannot "stop holding" her patients. If you ever wonder what's happening when the doctor takes the...
08/20/2022

My colleague, Dr. Hale cannot "stop holding" her patients. If you ever wonder what's happening when the doctor takes the pet to the treatment room, they may be just typing records! This is why we become vets❤️

Meet little Zoe, a 16-year-old mixed breed chihuahua/miniature pincher. Her owner went to two other veterinarians before...
08/13/2022

Meet little Zoe, a 16-year-old mixed breed chihuahua/miniature pincher. Her owner went to two other veterinarians before she found our hospitals. Zoe's mouth smelled and had bleeding from her teeth. The other veterinarians said she was "too old" to have her teeth cleaned under anesthesia. I examined Zoe, ran the necessary bloodwork and urine tests, and determined she was healthy to undergo anesthesia and have all but 4 of her teeth removed. Zoe is now feeling so much better with the diseased teeth removed from her mouth. Her owner reports that she is feeling and looking so much younger. Lesson learned: age is not a disease. Just because your pet is chronologically "older" doesn't mean it cannot have medical care. No other issues were found with Zoe, all her organs on the inside were found to be working well through lab tests. Please don't forget about your older pet because they are "old." They deserve to be cared for whatever age they are!

Bandit, a ferret, had to have a big surgery because his spleen was humongous. It was so large it was difficult for him t...
08/12/2022

Bandit, a ferret, had to have a big surgery because his spleen was humongous. It was so large it was difficult for him to walk and on top of that it wasn't working properly either. Ferrets, and other mammals, can live without a spleen, it's not a necessary organ for continued life. Bandit is on the mend and we are waiting to see why the spleen was so large, it’s still at the lab being tested. Many prayers for Bandit’s recovery.

08/06/2022

Geckos can have difficulty shedding, especially with their eyes. When geckos shed their skin, they shed everywhere, including the eyes. If the eye caps don't shed, it can build up and then they cannot see. If they cannot see, they cannot eat. I'm helping this gecko by flushing out the eye caps so he can see. Vitamin A is also very helpful for this condition, so please seek medical attention if your gecko is having this problem.

08/02/2022

This is what I do everyday-physical examinations of birds. Peanut, the green wing macaw is helping me out. Warning-he’s a little loud!

Today is World Ranger Day and I have great admiration for these brave men and woman who protect wildlife at all costs in...
07/31/2022

Today is World Ranger Day and I have great admiration for these brave men and woman who protect wildlife at all costs including their own lives. We met many while we were in Rwanda. We thank you all and appreciate the work you do. We are all connected. Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Baby bearded dragons! All.Babies.Are.Cute. That’s all. ♥️
07/30/2022

Baby bearded dragons! All.Babies.Are.Cute. That’s all. ♥️

07/28/2022

Meet Gnoff, a sweet little mouse who has the sniffles. His mom was showing me how he loves his scratches-this just shows that so many animals (including us) thrive with connection, touch, and knowing someone cares and loves us.

Nothing heals your heart like two kittens...said Gibson and Chase's new mom. She lost her beloved cat to cancer months a...
07/24/2022

Nothing heals your heart like two kittens...said Gibson and Chase's new mom. She lost her beloved cat to cancer months ago and these two found her and stole her heart. These orange boys stole my heart too today❤️

Coco the guinea pig gave her mom a scare today because she was passing blood in her urine. Blood in the urine can mean m...
07/20/2022

Coco the guinea pig gave her mom a scare today because she was passing blood in her urine. Blood in the urine can mean many things from having a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or reproductive issues like cystic ovaries. After testing the urine and doing an ultrasound luckily Coco was normal! I believe she had an ovarian cyst that ruptured, and her o***y now has returned to normal. All good news for Coco and her mom! Cystic ovaries are quite common in guinea pigs and can cause pain and bloody urine. Often they resolve on their own but sometimes they require medical management and rarely surgery. If your pig is passing blood, it is not normal so be sure to seek medical attention.

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BIG NEWS! We are extremely pleased to announce that we are moving and building a much larger space to accommodate our clients and their pet families. We will remain in Greenland just down the street- right next to Tractor Supply in the small plaza next to Ka Lani Massage Specialist and Aroma Joe's at 13 March Farm Way. We will expand to 4 exam rooms, a large waiting area and expanded parking and much more. Most importantly, we will have the same wonderful staff and owner. For a sneak peak, take the tour with our owner, Dr. Melissa Magnuson, The Conscious Vet Our target move in date is November 1. Stay tuned for more updates!
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