DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Cervical and thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusions
Decompression of vertebral column and spinal cord cancer
Cervical stabilization (for Wobbler’s syndrome)
Spinal fracture stabilization
Inflammatory Disease (infectious and non-infectious meningitis)
Seizure diagnosis and treatment
Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain – MUO, NME, NLE and infectious disease)
Brain tumor diagnosis and surgery
Infectious or immune-mediated disease including, but not limited to:
Common examples of clinical signs in pets with neurological disease include:
• Seizures • Abnormal behavior • Balance problems • Vision or hearing disturbances • Difficulty walking or paralysis • Back or neck pain
Yes. Please continue to administer all medications as prescribed on the morning of the appointment. We recommend withholding the morning meal on the day of the visit in case anesthesia for work-up or surgery is necessary. Please administer only enough food or pill pocket needed to administer any medications. Access to water is okay.
We recognize that whether or not to pursue a neurologic work-up can sometimes be a big decision for a family to make. We advocate early investigation so that we can provide the most accurate diagnosis and tailor the treatment to the pet so that he or she can have the best outcome possible.
Removal of disk material or spinal decompression to treat intervertebral disk herniation in the back or neck
Spinal fracture repair
Treatment of congenital neurological disease (atlanto-axial stabilization, foramen magnum decompression for Chiari-like malformation, abnormal spinal curvatures)
Spinal stabilization for cervical spondylomyelopathy (aka Wobbler’s disease)
Brain tumor removal or surgical biopsy
Spinal cyst removal/decompression
Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement
The tissues of the nervous system are hidden behind soft tissue and dense bone. Advanced imaging tools, such as MRI and CT, allow us to visualize these deep structures in order to determine the problem and what treatment or therapy your pet may need. These machines are very accurate and provide precise diagnostics that give us the most information possible to help your companion.
When performing an MRI or CT, each patient (human or animal) must be VERY still to obtain accurate images. Because we aren’t able to explain to our pets that they must be completely still during the imaging process, anesthesia is necessary to acquire exact appropriate imaging through an MRI or CT.