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Neurology

 Zagan, English Mastiff, Neurology patient at Penn Vet, Wobbler's SyndromeJust like humans, animals can experience a range of challenges with their nervous system, including pain, problems with coordination, limb weakness, and seizures, to name a few. 

 At Penn Vet, with expertise in neurologic assessment combined with the full range of electrodiagnostic and imaging methods, our Neurology team specializes in the diagnosis and management of naturally occurring neurological disorders in animals.

Every member of our senior clinical staff is board certified, and we are committed also to advancing our ability to perform these tasks and to enhance the efficacy and scope of our discipline. We strive to provide proper neurologic function so that your animal experiences the best quality of life possible.

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The Neurology and Neurosurgery Section

Our section receives new cases on an appointment basis and performs neurosurgical procedures five days a week.

  • Clinic appointments are made directly by the client's call to the appointment desk -- no referral needed.
  • A physical appointment is necessary prior to providing a consultation.
  • New cases are seen through the clinic throughout the day, and diagnostic tests are typically scheduled for the following day.
  • In addition, the section also receives cases transferred from the Emergency Service Monday through Friday, and performs emergency neurosurgical procedures.
  • Consultation services for the emergency service are available seven days a week during the day.

Neurology Clinical Services

Our service sees a wide range of diseases including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Vestibular conditions
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Ruptured intervertebral discs
  • Intracranial tumorsPenn Vet Neurology

The section has access to:

  • Advanced imaging capabilities (MRI and CT scanner)
  • MRI (1.5 Tesla Unit)
  • Full electrodiagnostic capabilities (electromyography and electroneurography)
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAER testing) 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)

BAER testing is also available to diagnose congenital deafness in dogs.

Neurosurgery is a specialized program.

To Make an Appointment

If you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our neurologists, please call the Ryan Appointment Desk (215-746-8387) and request a neurology appointment.. An initial appointment necessary for a full consultation.

About Appointments

  • Clinic appointments are made directly by the client's call to the appointment desk -- no referral needed. A physical appointment is necessary prior to providing a consultation. New cases are seen through the clinic throughout the day, and diagnostic tests are typically scheduled for the following day.
  • In addition, the section also receives cases transferred from the Emergency service Monday through Friday.
  • The service sees a wide range of diseases including epilepsy, vestibular conditions, congenital anomalies, neuromuscular diseases, ruptured intervertebral discs and intracranial tumors.
  • The section has access to advanced imaging capabilities (MRI and CT scanner), full electrodiagnostic capabilities (electromyography and electroneurography), Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAER testing) and electroencephalography (EEG).
  • BAER testing is also available to diagnose congenital deafness in dogs.

In preparation for your visit:

  • PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR PET AFTER 10PM THE EVENING BEFORE HIS/HER APPOINTMENT, unless he/she has a medical condition (such as seizures, diabetes) that requires regularly scheduled meals. In these cases, we’ll work around it.
  • Be sure your pet has access to water, however.
  • If your pet requires medication in the morning, please give the medication in less than 1 teaspoon of food.
  • You MUST bring proof of rabies vaccination and records from your local veterinarian regarding your pet’s history of neurologic problems. This may be a photocopy of the actual records, or a summary written by your veterinarian. Faxes are received at (215) 573-4617.
  • If there have been any prior radiographs or imaging studies performed on your pet, please either bring a copy or have them sent ahead of time. Electronic images can be sent by email: vhupcc@vet.upenn.edu
  • Please expect to spend at least 2 to 3 hours at the clinic. Some cases require a full day if special tests are needed.
  • We cannot predict this for you without first seeing your pet, so please prepare to spend at least 3 hours for the first visit (rechecks are typically shorter). In the special case of MRI, the next available imaging time may be scheduled for the following day.

Teaching Hospital: What to expect

Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital is a teaching hospital. A student doctor-in-training will greet you, take an oral history from you, and perform a physical examination on your pet prior to discussing the case with a staff neurologist.

However, all medical procedures will be performed or overseen by an experienced neurologist, who will discuss your pet’s care with you at length.

Costs & Cancellations

  • Cost: The initial office visit is $194.
  • All diagnostic tests and necessary medications are in addition to the office visit fee, and will be discussed with you prior to proceeding.
  • Total costs are impossible to predict prior to seeing your pet as each individual is unique.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Due to the long waiting period for appointments, missed appointments are harmful to our other current and future patients. Therefore, cancellation of an appointment must be made at least ONE business day (does not include weekend days) prior to the appointment.

Clients arriving more than 30 minutes late will be seen as soon as possible, which may be later than the scheduled appointment time. This helps keep us on schedule to serve everyone more efficiently and effectively.