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)
- 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:
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- Advanced laboratory testing of various blood and tissue samples
- Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) collection and analysis
- Diagnostic 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.