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About Dr. Shawn


Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
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 American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He is a past member of the Oncology (Cancer) Association of Naturopathic Physicians. the way, the dog and cat at the top of the page are my dog Rita, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and my Ragdoll cat, Dysa!


Fundraising for Pet Charities


I am honored to serve as the medical consultant for Pet-Togethers, a pet supplement company and manufacturer of the popular Vim & Vigor pet supplement. An important part of the company’s philosophy is to give back to the pet community. They do this by working with pet charities and donating a portion of the sales of their products.

If you are associated with a pet charity, shelter rescue, etc... I’d like to invite to you allow us to help in your fundraising efforts.

Please contact me at and I will follow-up with a phone call to tell you more about our company and how we might work together to raise funds for your group.

Shawn Messonnier DVM

In the interim, check out our Vim & Vigor supplement at



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