We are committed to caring for your pet – while maintaining the highest level of safety for our Associates and pet owners. We thank you for your continued patience and support. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and guidelines.
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There is an outbreak of Canine Influenza in dogs which is very contagious. If your dog is coughing, sneezing, lethargic or has a runny nose, consider seeking veterinary care. We do not offer the vaccine at this location. Please contact your regular veterinarian for more information.
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X-ray energy is used in a similar manner to radiography in CT scanning. In CT imaging, the x-ray tube rotates quickly around the patient, within the gantry. The detectors rotate in a synchronized manner, on the opposite side of the gantry, absorbing the x-rays that pass through the patient. Based on the absorbed or detected energy, the computer builds a 3D image of the patient, as a sum of many small volumes (voxels) of data. The whole patient may be thought of as a loaf of bread. Each CT image is a slice of bread that is viewed on the cut surface. The loaf may be sliced in any direction. This modality is ideal for examination of complex body parts (i.e., skull, pelvis, vertebrae) where superimposed, irregularly shaped structures make radiographs challenging to interpret. CT is ideal for examination of the thorax (chest) and abdomen (belly) for small masses that may not be apparent by routine radiographs or ultrasound exam. CT is helpful for evaluation of the skull and brain in cases of acute head trauma when skull fractures and recent bleeding are a concern. Assessment of the temporomandibular joints, temporal bullae, nasal passages, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, orbit and periorbital structures, maxilla and mandible are common applications of this modality. Identifying the extent of a soft tissue or bone mass for surgery or radiation therapy planning is also done by CT.
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Neurology

VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley is proud to offer medical and surgical care for patients with neurological disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system.

Our Neurology Department board certified specialist, Dr. Lisa Gerlach, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), provides comprehensive and cutting edge neurological services to our patients.

The field of veterinary neurology is constantly growing. Advancements in technology have aided neurologists in the localization of subtle lesions resulting in longer, healthier lives for pets. VSV utilizes high quality diagnostic equipment, including in-house CT and high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to assist in providing precise diagnosis. We also offer myelography, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and neurosurgery. From spinal surgery to the treatment of epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders, VCA VSV is able to treat your special pet and help him/her back to recovery.

Our Neurology Services

Brain and Spinal MRI
Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection and Analysis
Craniotomy/Craniectomy-Diagnostic and Therapeutic
CT Myelography

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