VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

Electroretinography

An electroretinogram (ERG) is an electrical test of the retina. Similar to the recording of the electrical wave and rhythm of the heart or electrocardiogram (ECG), the response of the retinal photoreceptors to light also has an electrical wave that can be recorded. The ERG is a test of the ability of the retinal photoreceptors, the rods and cones, to respond to light. ERG’s are performed when an ophthalmologist cannot visualize the retina on examination due obstruction, like cataracts, or when the retina can be visualized but looks normal or abnormal. Patients that are having cataract surgery will have an ERG to test the function of the retina so that after surgery we a confident that the patient will be visual. Patients that have sudden blindness and no retinal examination abnormalities may have a condition call Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDs) or may have central blindness from a dysfunction of the brain or optic nerve. The diagnosis of SARDs is based no response of the photoreceptors on ERG or a flat ERG. If a patient is blind and the ERG and ophthalmic exam are normal then central blindness is the likely diagnosis. These are the most common ways that ophthalmologists used ERG in practice. Conditions like early progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and specialized ERG’s can also be performed.

Departments

Ophthalmology
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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately or come right in. We are available and have doctors and technicians in the building waiting to help you and your pet 24 hours a day.

As pet parents ourselves, we understand when there is a concern about your pet, waiting can be excruciating. That is why we are here for you 24 hours a day. There is no question, concern, or problem too small so don't hesitate to contact us or come right in!

*Please note that between the hours of 9pm and 7am, our front doors are locked for security. Please ring the door bell and a staff member will come to the door and assist you.

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