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


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Davis, A Happy Tail

If you’ve ever been in the Paws Pet Boutique on State Circle next to the Governor Calvert House Hotel in downtown Annapolis, you’ve probably met Davis. 
 “We call him the Great One after Wayne Gretsky,” says Larry Kownacki, who owns the store with his wife, Michelle. “He’s the greatest dog ever, a real people dog.” 

After rupturing two discs in his back, though, 12 year old Davis wasn’t doing well. “He was paralyzed in his back. We had to do something in the first 24 hours as he had major damage. We asked Dr. McDonnell, ‘Would you do this if this were your dog?’ and he assured us that the surgery would help.”


The surgery went well and was followed up by rehab at the hospital.


“We went every week as it was important to rebuild his motor skills, strength and memory. At first we had to be very careful not to let him jump off things, which Dr. McDonnell told us isn’t good for small dogs like Jack Russell Terriers to do. Davis progressed well so now he can walk, run, play and do all the things he loves to do!”


Nine months after the surgery, Davis continues to do well. “Dr. McDonnell is fantastic and his staff a pleasure to work with. I’m so glad we had him and his team take care of Davis!”


At right: Larry and Michelle Kownacki with Gracie, Sprocket and Davis.


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