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How to Prevent and Treat Arthritis in Your Pets
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Arthritis is a common ailment of older dogs and cats. Today's guest is Dr. Shawn Messonnier, a veterinarian who combines conventional and alternative therapies in order to heal his patients and is the author of the new book, Preventing and Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats.We'll talk about the what's and why's of the disease, the different therapies available, offer tips to prevent your pet from getting arthritis and discuss what you should be asking your own vet to help your dogs and cats.
Episode Segments:
Wild About Pets: Arthritis in Pets
Dr. Shawn explains what arthritis is, how it affects our pets, and why cats are more likely to get it than dogs. We will discuss some of the possible causes and other ailment that may cause similar issues
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Wild About Pets: The Holstic Approach
Dr. Shawn lays out the pros and cons of conventional therapy for arthritic pets, and gives some other options for treatment, including the holistic approach, and the use of supplements.
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Wild About Pets: Arthritis Prevention
Dr. Shawn talks about some of the things you can do to minimize the chance of arthritis in your pets, as well as what he hopes you were all able to take away from today’s conversation.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Dr. Shawn Messonnier
Dr. Messonnier, a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, opened Paws & Claws Animal Hospital in 1991. His special interests include exotic pets, dermatology, cancer, and internal medicine. Dr. Messonnier is a well-known speaker and author. In addition to serving clients, he has written for numerous veterinary and pet publications including Animal Wellness, Body + Soul, Veterinary Forum, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, Dog World, Fido Friendly, Whole Dog Journal, Whole Cat Journal, Whole Living, Total Health and Wellness. He is the author of several books, including The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats, The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Dr. Shawn has served as a consultant, done research for, or lectured for many highly respected companies in the pet care industry, including Pet Togethers, Ark Naturals, N-Bones, Nature’s Variety, Heel, Nutramax, and RX Vitamins for Pets. Dr. Shawn is a member of several health care organizations, including the Oncology (Cancer) Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

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