Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake | Jay McDonnell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM | Annapolis & Towson, MD


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Frodo is an American Staffordshire Terrier that I rescued.  He has always been my best bud. Before being diagnosed with a tumor in his head at the age of 2 1/2, he had completed his CGC (Canine Good Citizen Certification) and had gotten his Rally Novice title.


He was getting ready to go for his Companion Dog title when I noticed a slight head tilt to the left.  My resident vet, Dr. Susan Hudson, took x-rays and found a slipped disc in his neck. So we went to see Dr. Scheuller. Dr. Scheuller did an MRI and found a huge mass in Frodo's cranium. The mass took up most of the area in the skull, and prognosis was guarded.


A friend at work suggested that I bring Frodo to the Veterinary College of Pennsylvania. Enter Dr. McDonnell.  Dr. McDonnell assured me that the chance for a full recovery was very good, though he also told me about the complications that could occur. Well, five weeks later and the scar is the only evidence of the surgery. Frodo is back to his playful self and will be going for his Companion Dog title in November.  None of that would be possible without the love and care of Dr. McDonnell and the staff at the Veterinary College of Pennsylvania. I will forever be indebted to them for saving my boy.


--Sue Watters


Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Jay McDonnell | Annapolis & Towson, MD