It is critical to your animal's health that you seek treatment for urological and kidney ailments. If your animal is straining to urinate, lethargic, incontinent, or in pain, please contact us immediately.
When you and your animal come to your appointment, we will start by a comprehensive intake, reviewing your case and any existing lab work that you and your veterinarian may have already completed. After this initial meeting, we will make some recommendations for how to best approach your case, including:
- Additional blood work
- Urinalysis and urine culture
- Ultrasound and/or additional radiography, including ultrasound, contrast studies, or a CT scan.
Additional diagnostics include kidney function testing, cystoscopy, contrast studies, blood pressure measurement, and more depending on the underlying cause. The advanced testing available at Penn Vet may be essential to properly diagnose your animal's problem to create and implement the appropriate treatment plan. Some treatment options may include:
- Medications or supplements
- Dietary changes
- Fluid therapy
- Minimally invasive procedures such as lithotripsy
- Additional treatments to address underlying conditions
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About Our House Officer Team Members
As a teaching hospital, PennVet takes great pride in training the next generation of veterinary specialists. All of our house officers – our residents and interns – have earned their veterinary degrees and are practicing veterinarians. They are always supervised by attending specialists who are board-certified in surgery.
Even if you are primarily communicating with a house officer, rest assured that your pet has also been seen by one or more of our board-certified specialists, and that your pet's case has been reviewed in rounds with the entire team.
It is important to remember that specialization is optional in veterinary medicine; not all veterinarians seek this additional training, which often encompasses 3-5 years beyond the 4-year veterinary degree program. Specializing in veterinary surgery is highly competitive.
About Emergencies: We're Always Open
Penn Vet's Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, including holidays. If you are concerned about your pet after hours, please call the Emergency Service at 215-746-8911, or bring your pet directly in for evaluation.
If you need to bring your pet to a different Emergency Service that may be closer to you, they can also call this number for access to your pet's records. It is helpful to keep copies of your pet's most recent discharges from Penn Vet readily available in case you need to visit a different hospital on an emergency basis.
The Surgery service is open Monday-Friday. Routine appointments are seen Monday-Thursday. Please contact the Ryan Hospital Appointment Desk at 215-746-8387 and ask to speak with a doctor if you are concerned about your pet during normal business hours. After hours, there is always a doctor on call for emergency questions.