BVNS performs Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) testing which is used by many breeders and pet owners as a hearing test for dogs and cats. BAER is an electrodiagnostic test that determines if brainstem and hearing function is present in a patient.
BAER Testing Description: Sounds (90 decibel clicks) are made with head phones in each ear (the same as in human hearing testing) and a recording is made from the skin over the head to obtain the waveforms pictured in the diagram. The first 2 waveforms tell us how the ear and nerve are working and the remaining waveforms tell us how well the brainstem is functioning. Pictured on the left is an example of a normal BAER test (with the multiple waveforms) and on the right is an example of an abnormal BAER test (no waveforms).
This litter of puppies was brought in and are shown happily undergoing BAER testing. Depending on the temperament of the patient, this test can often be performed with just mild sedation. Some more active patients may require a heavier sedation.
UPCOMING BAER CLINIC
Bush Veterinary Neurology Service invites you to our Baer Clinic on Sunday, March 25th in our Springfield office located at 6651 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22150.
By appointment only. Call 703-451-3709 to schedule your appointment.
$85 for the first animal, $55 for each additional animal.