Dogs and cats can experience many of the same brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems that humans do. These all fall into the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, which include care for a wide range of disorders – epilepsy, ruptured vertebral discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, brain tumors, and more. Although neurological disorders may cause great distress for pets and owners, many problems can be treated very successfully.
Diagnosis and treatment of a neurological disorder can be complex and challenging. General practice veterinarians often work with our board certified veterinary specialists in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular systems.
Our neurologists work in conjunction with your family veterinarian to provide the care your pet needs. They are experts in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular system. Our team has a wide array of advanced diagnostic modalities at their disposal to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your pet’s neurologic symptoms, including an MRI scan, CT scan, myelography, spinal fluid analysis, electrophysiology (functional nerve and muscle testing), and muscle and nerve biopsies. They also have the capability to perform hearing testing for your pet.
In addition, our neurosurgeons have extensive training in all types of neurosurgery, including laminectomy, ventral slot decompression, cauda equina surgery and craniotomy.
Some commonly diagnosed neurological disorders include:
- Vestibular Disease
- Brain Tumors
- Head Trauma
- Congenital Anomalies
- Neuromuscular Disorders (Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy)
- Atlantoaxial Instability
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Spinal Tumors
- Spinal Fractures
Diagnostics and therapeutic procedures available:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- CT Scan
- CSF Analysis (Spinal Tap)
- Spinal and Brain Surgery
- Muscle and Nerve Biopsies
- Dorsal laminectomies
- Ventral slots
- Spinal stabilization
- Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement