At VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, our Neurology Department offers complete evaluations and therapy for patients with seizure, neuromuscular, spinal or intracranial disorders and diseases.
Our Neurology Department services include:
- Cerebrospinal fluid aspirates and analysis
- Complete neurologic exams and localization
- On site CT scans
- MRI analysis
- Nerve conduction velocity testing
- BAER (hearing testing)
- Nerve and muscle biopsies
Our neurosurgeons provide:
- Spinal and intracranial surgery for patients suffering from disc disease, brain tumors, and congenital abnormalities
Medical therapy for the following are also offered:
- Neuromuscular disease including myasthenia gravis
- Seizure disorders
What Is Veterinary Neurology?
Veterinary Neurology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the nervous system: the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles in pets. This specialty encompasses such common problems as epilepsy, herniated disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, and cancers of the nervous system. A board certified veterinary neurologist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained additional intensive training in veterinary neurology and has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to specialize in veterinary neurology.
While your regular veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary neurology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.
Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Neurologist?
Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a veterinary neurologist to help diagnose or treat a problem. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her condition.
Specifically, veterinary neurologists can provide the following:
- A thorough neurologic examination and localization.
- Brain and spinal cord imaging, including CT scans. MRI, ultrasound, myelography, and radiography.
- Spinal fluid tap and analysis.
- Intensive care.
- Neurosurgery of the brain, skull, spine, and peripheral nervous system.
- Electrophysiologic examination of nerves and muscles.
- Knowledge of clinical trials available to pets with specific neurologic disorders.
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
Your veterinarian will receive a copy of your pet's medical records for every visit here at VCA SouthPaws. We work in partnership with your veterinarian to provide necessary follow up care and monitoring.
Did You Know?
- In an emergency, the safest way to transport a seizuring or unconscious pet to its veterinarian, is in an airline crate.
- There are less than 100 veterinary neurologists in the United States today.
- Seizures are the most common neurological problem in companion animals.
- Intervertebral disk disease is the most common spinal cord problem in dogs.