Phone: 505-471-4400

Welcome Dr. Lily Meisner

Dr. Meisner grew up on a small ranch in Taos, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State in Kentucky.  During her time in Kentucky, she competed as an NCAA Division I soccer player. Following graduation Dr. Meisner spent time in South Africa volunteering for Wildlife Vets. This experience spurred a passion for national and international animal welfare and conservation.

​Dr. Meisner graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During her four years in Veterinary school, Dr. Meisner worked as a technician for one of the most elite Equine Sports Medicine groups in the nation. Additionally, she pursued her passion for travel and international work though extensive involvement in a Rural Veterinary Group (RVETS). Through RVETS Dr. Meisner had opportunities to work in numerous rural areas in the United States, as well as Mexico, providing medical and surgical care to patients in need.

 Dr. Meisner enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but has special interests in surgery, internal medicine, acupuncture and pain management.

Welcome Dr. Jillian McGregor

We our excited to welcome Dr. Jillian McGregor to Gruda Veterinary Hospital Team. Dr. McGregor recently graduated from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Pacific University. Her interests in veterinary medicine are surgery, acupuncture, cardiology, and preventive health. She learned acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Chi Institute in Florida. Although primarily focused on dogs and cats, she will always be fond of pet chickens and goats.
Dr. McGregor grew up in the Bay Area of California and spent several years in Oregon before moving to New Mexico. As a recent transplant, she is excited to explore all that Santa Fe and Albuquerque have to offer. When she is not working, you can find her relaxing at home with her husband and two small annoying dogs, hiking, doing hot yoga, or at a local brewery. Dr. McGregor is very excited to begin her veterinary career working at Gruda Veterinary Hospital. 

Heartworm Season

What causes heartworm disease in dogs?

Heartworm disease in dogs is a serious and potentially fatal condition. Heartworm is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. An infected dog has parasitic worms (heartworms) living in the major blood vessels of the lungs and heart.

Adult heartworms can live up to five years. During this time, the female produces millions of offspring called microfilaria. These microfilaria live mainly in the small vessels of a dog’s bloodstream. The female worm is 6-14 inches long and 1/8 inch wide. The male is about half the size of the female. One dog may have as many as 300 worms present when diagnosed.

What is the life cycle of the heartworm?

The life cycle begins when a female mosquito bites an infected dog and ingests the microfilariae during a blood meal. The microfilariae develop further for 10-30 days in the mosquito’s gut and then enter its mouth parts. At this stage, they are infective larvae and can complete their maturation after they enter the dog’s body, following the mosquito bite. The larvae migrate into the bloodstream and move to the heart and adjacent blood vessels, maturing to adults, mating and reproducing microfilariae within 6-7 months.

What do heartworms do to the dog?

Adult heartworms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart. They also interfere with the valve action in the heart. By clogging the main blood vessel, the blood supply to other organs of the body is reduced, particularly blood flow to the lungs, liver and kidneys, causing these organs to malfunction.

The most obvious clinical signs of heartworm disease are a soft, dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nervousness, listlessness, loss of stamina, and weight loss.

How do you monitor for heartworm?

At Gruda Veterinary Hospital, we recommend testing for heartworm once a year. If a dog is on prevention all year, we still recommend a heartworm test as a safety net.

How do I prevent my dog from getting heartworm?

We recommend using one of the safe and affordable heartworm preventatives available today:

*Heartgard        *Proheart 6 (an injection given once every 6 months)   *Revolution

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntary Recall

We want to ensure our clients that your pet’s health is our number one priority. Hill’s Pet Nutrition has voluntarily recalled a portion of CANINE CANNED FOOD ONLY! We have reviewed all our inventory in the hospital and we do not have any food affected by the recall. If you are concerned with the food you have previously purchased from us or our online store you can:

Contact our office for our team member to check the sku/ lot number


Hill’s Pet Nutrition: 1-800-445-5777/

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.  Our office will be closing today at 3:00 p.m.  We will re-open on January 2nd for normal business hours 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours 2018

Holiday Hours

Saturday December 22nd- 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday December 24th – Closed

Tuesday December 25th – Closed

Monday December 31st- 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday  January 1st-  Closed

Wishing you a Joyful Holiday Season!

The staff of Gruda Veterinary Hospital

Telephone Connection Problems with Verizon Wireless

If you are a Verizon cell phone carrier trying to call in and can not get through please send us an email to or try calling in from a landline. We are having a connection issue with Verizon Wireless. Thank you

Telephone Lines Down

Clients our phone line is down.  Please email us at for all communications at this point.  We will continue to keep you updated.  If you have an emergency please just come in.

Seeking an Associate Veterinarian to join our team

We are seeking an experienced, highly motivated, confident, progressive and compassionate veterinarian to join our team but will consider new graduates for mentorship. Full or part-time position available.  Please contact our office or email for more details.

Kennel Cough

Gruda Veterinary Hospital highly recommends vaccinating your dog for kennel cough if they frequent boarding or daycare facilities, go to the dog groomer, dog park or they’re otherwise socializing with other dogs.  The intranasal vaccine provides the best protection, and protective antibodies start to become effective within 3-4 days. The injectable vaccine will take about 10-14 days to be effective.

For additional information please read the resource from LifeLearn below:

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is a broad term covering any infectious or contagious condition of dogs where coughing is one of the major clinical signs. It is also referred to as infectious tracheobronchitis.

Several viruses and bacteria can cause kennel cough, often at the same time. These include adenovirus type-2, parainfluenza virus, canine coronavirus, and the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica.

Because the infection spreads when dogs are housed together, it is often seen soon after dogs have been in kennels, hence the name kennel cough. Because kennel cough can be caused by a number of pathogens, it is often referred to as the Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC).

What are the clinical signs of kennel cough other than coughing?

It is often a mild disease, but the cough may be chronic, lasting for several weeks in some cases. Common clinical signs include a loud cough often described as a ‘goose honk’, runny eyes and nose, swollen tonsils, wheezing, lack of appetite, and depressed behavior. Most dogs with infectious tracheobronchitis will cough when the throat is rubbed or palpated, or during and after exercise. Often, the hacking cough caused by kennel cough will persist for several weeks after the infection. If your dog has kennel cough it is unlikely that they will lose their appetite or become lethargic.

How does a dog get kennel cough?

Kennel cough is very contagious, and dogs can readily transmit it by casual contact such as sniffing each other when on a walk, playing, or sharing water dishes. Certain factors increase the likelihood that your dog may contract kennel cough including stress, cold temperatures, exposure to dust or smoke, and crowded conditions.

What is the treatment for infectious tracheobronchitis?

There is no specific treatment for the viral infections, but many of the more severe signs are due to bacterial involvement, particularly Bordetella bronchiseptica. Antibiotics are useful against this bacterium.

Some cases require prolonged treatment, but most infections resolve within one to three weeks. Mild clinical signs may linger for several weeks even when the bacteria have been eliminated. Cough suppressants and anti-inflammatory medications may provide relief in some cases.

How can I prevent my dog contracting kennel cough?

Most vaccination programs your veterinarian will recommend include adenovirus and parainfluenza. Bordetella vaccination is also highly recommended for dogs that are boarded, groomed, or interact with other dogs in areas such as dog parks.

How are the Bordetella vaccines administered?

Bordetella vaccination is given either by injection, oral or intra-nasal route. Intra-nasal refers to the liquid vaccine administered as nose drops. This allows local immunity to develop on the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and windpipe where the infectious agents first attack and provides more rapid protection against infection than the injectable vaccine.