GJ vet specializes in neurological ills

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Dr Peter Maguire examines a patient at Redstone Veterinary Hospital, 2582 F Road.

Pet owners and their pets no longer need to travel across the state to access the services of a veterinarian who specializes in neurological conditions.

Peter Maguire, a doctor of veterinary medicine with a master’s of science, said he is the first board-certified veterinary specialist on the Western Slope. Maguire splits his time working out of Redstone Veterinary Hospital, 2582 F Road, in Grand Junction and Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt.

Maguire said moving to the area “is a leap of faith,” because veterinary specialists are more common in larger metro areas. However, Maguire, who worked in northern California and New Zealand, said he is in love with this area and moved here for the lifestyle.

“I’ve had my fill of having a lack of space and having too many rules,” he said.

Neurological problems may exist if an animal tends to tilt its head to one side, shows difficulty walking or standing, vomits or is nauseous as if seasick, or rolls on the floor. Symptoms for other neurological problems associated with an animal’s spine may be caused by ruptured disks.

Animals may display difficulty walking or some sort of paralysis in their limbs. Other symptoms of neurological problems may exist if an animal is having seizures.

Maguire said he has regional access to an MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, if that is needed to check pets for infections or tumors.

Maguire said he doesn’t think more animals are having neurological problems. Rather, he said, “People are pursuing care for these problems more and more.”

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners spent an estimated $47.7 billion on pets last year. Of that total nearly $13 billion were spent on veterinary pet care.


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