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Neurology

The neurology department focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord.

Available services

  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Vestibular disease
  • Cranial nerve affections (facial paresis, Horner syndrome, trigeminal dysfunction)
  • Gait anomalies (ataxia, weakness)
  • Inervertebral disk disease including herniated intervertebral disk

 

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Why does my animal need to see a Board-certified Veterinary Neurologist?

Commonly called Neurologists, these Specialists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord. This includes :

  • Balance disorders (inner ear or brainstem disease)
  • Brain tumors or trauma
  • Congenital (present since birth)anomalies
  • Degenerative myelopathy (loss of nerve function caused by disorders of the spine)
  • Excessive fluid build-up within the brain (Hydrocephalus)
  • Facial of jaw paralysis
  • Infections of inflammation (Meningitis, Encephalitis)
  • Limb paralysis or weakness due to herniated intervertebral discs
  • Peripheral nerve disease (neuropathies, such as Myasthenia Gravis)
  • Seizures
  • Spinal fractures or tumors
  • Swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia)
What should I expect during the visit with a Board-certified Veterinary Neurologist?

The Neurologist will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed. Depending on your animal's condition, diagnostic testing or treatments may include:

  • Advanced laboratory testing of various blood and tissue samples
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) collection and analysis
  • Imaging - ultrasound, radiography (x-rays, myelography), CT scans, MRIs
  • Neuromuscular evaluation with electromyography (EMGs)
  • Surgical correction of herniated intervertebral discs or congenital defects; removal of tumors.