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What to Expect Once Your Veterinarian Recommends Referral to Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology
Our neurologists generally see appointments in the morning and perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the afternoon. We recommend that your pet is fasted the night before the appointment (no food after 10 pm, water is okay) in order to have the flexibility to perform additional diagnostics, if necessary. Please bring all medications that your pet is taking to the appointment. In most cases, your veterinarian will fax over your pet’s records directly to SCAN; however if you have any radiographs (x-rays) or other records, please bring them with you.
The Examination Process
A nurse will first greet you and your pet and obtain a brief history. The neurologist will be in shortly thereafter; he or she will speak with you to gain a thorough understanding of your pet’s condition and then perform a comprehensive neurological examination. Next the neurologist will present a diagnostic and treatment plan complete with discussion about possible prognoses associated with the anticipated disease process affecting your pet. In most cases, the tests can be performed the same day as your pet’s initial appointment. Finally, a nurse will discuss an estimate of projected costs associated with the planned diagnostics and treatments. The staff at SCAN will be sure to answer all of your questions so that you feel comfortable with our recommendations and care.
Communication With You and Your Veterinarian
Our neurologists will maintain open communication with you regarding your pet’s condition. If your pet is hospitalized, you will receive an update by the doctor at least once daily. Since we work as a team with your primary care veterinarian, our doctors will also continually update your veterinarian on your pet’s condition.