Neurologist appointment on Monday; very well may need an MRI same-day...anyone have any experience getting an MRI for their dog? My little guy is an admitted mush and clings to mom & dad, so I'm worried about stressing him out.
Do they usually let you stay with your dog while they administer the anesthesia?
Do they give them anything, like a sedative to calm them down ahead of time?
Are you usually allowed to be in the recovery area when he wakes up?
I fear them dragging him away on a leash into another room. I know this is subjective and depends on the hospital & staff, but I'm wondering what standard of treatment I should expect if he needs the MRI.
Just remember this is YOUR dog. Be assertive with what you want done, and not done. You can probably stand with the technician, as this is still an x-ray, and as such you do not want to be exposed to it.Phone the place that's doing this procedure for you,and ask exactly what their policy is,and if you are uncomfortable with any of it, say so. They are not just going to take your little dog by the leash and walk away with him through the big green doors...that just makes me cry, sap that I am,lol.Don't worry, I'm sure you can work out something with the MRI dept. Good luck to you and your little dog, and here's hoping the MRI results are good.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 8/15/2009 2:59:25 PM*** Reason: spellling
Well, I have no experience with a dog needing an MRI, but being a nurse am very familiar with human ones. Basics should be the same. With this test they need to be very still, there is alot of noise and humans get ear plugs to drown some of the banging and noise it makes.
My guess would be due to the stillness required and the noise associated with the machine, it is likely the dog will be sedated for the test, he will remember and hear nothing. Will be harder on you than it will be in him.
Once you call...which is still best so you know what to expect exactly for your peace of mind, let us know what they tell you.
Well...I called, and I also had to take Teddy in for a Lyme test today at my local clinic (who also does MRIs) and asked them.
The place I'm going to on Monday to see the neurologist said that when they do an MRI they take the dog from you and bring him through the "big green doors" to be sedated and put on a respirator, then into the MRI. My little Corgi is *not* going to like being separated from me, so I'm going to have to convince them to let me be with him, or just let him go and hope they get him prepped quickly.
The place in town was even more disconnected. They want you to drop your dog off in the morning, then they do the MRI sometime during the day -- then you pick him up the NEXT day. Ugh.
I'm hoping that the neurologist may just examine him and want to try a more aggressive anti-inflammatory medication to see if the limping/slipping clears up before we go right to the MRI...but my guess is that he's going to want to use his best diagnostic tool to really see what's going on.
I told Teddy tonight that if he would just wake up in the morning and be totally free of these symptoms then all this could be avoided! Praying...
Once again, I reiterate...these dogs are YOUR dogs, you are paying for this treatment, and there is no reason whatsoever that you should'nt be able to stay with the dog, to a reasonable point. If you are scared of needles, or tend to be hysterical,then no, it's not a good idea, but if you are calm, and simply want to stay with your dog to observe,and assure yourself that your dog is being handled carefully, there should be no opposition to this. You will not want or be allowed to be in the room whilst the MRI is being done, because you should not be exposed to the magnetic resonance imaging.Just be firm and assertive with the staff, and you will be able to have peace of mind. Good luck!
Well...thankfully the whole MRI ordeal was avoided (for now). Neurologist examined Teddy today and said based on what he was seeing it wasn't anywhere bad enough to warrant doing one. He really felt that there is a vertebra issue in his neck, very mild, and seems to be improving over time. Whew!
I'm glad you don't have to worry about having the MRI done, at this particular time. My advice to you is to garner as much information as possible now, in the event that your baby does have one in the future. I hope he recovers, and you enjoy many more happy times with him.