This is a story I’ve wanted to write, but put off tackling for a long time. That’s partly because a post explaining what to expect when your dog sees a veterinary neurologist includes lots of details. And I didn’t miss any of them.
It’s also because I wanted to be sensitive to pet families on a budget. I remember being surprised when I took my dog Sophie for her initial exam. I didn’t realize the consult and diagnostic tests would be as expensive as they were. So, if you schedule an appointment with a neurologist please be prepared for this fact.
That said, your visit will reveal so many details about your dog’s medical condition and prognosis for the future, your head will be spinning. I learned that from my recent interview with veterinary neurologist, Dr. Martin Young, DVM, DACVIM. The wealth of information he shared had me typing on my keyboard as fast I could.
Dr. Young explained what his goals are when he does a neuro exam, what he learns from diagnostic tests, how he makes a diagnosis and how he formulates a treatment plan for his patients. So hopefully, I haven’t missed any details and this story helps you understand the benefits of having your dog see a neurologist. [Read more…]