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About Board-certification Neurologists

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)
  • Seizures
  • 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:

  • 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.
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