Dogs and cats can experience many of the same neurologic disorders as human beings. Pets experiencing neurological conditions may present with a large spectrum of clinical signs which may include seizure activity, exercise intolerance, weakness, mentation changes, lethargy, stiffness, lameness, unsteady gait, head tilt, facial asymmetry, facial twitching and pain of unknown origin.

Diagnosing and treating a neurologic disorder can be complex which is why family veterinarians will often turn to our Neurology Department for expert advice and/or care.

Our Neurology Department specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. When a patient presents to this service, our goals are to characterize the clinical signs and to determine where the problem is located within the nervous system. With the help of a good history from the client, a list of conditions is established and a diagnostic plan is discussed.

Procedures Offered:

  • Standard radiographs
  • Spinal fluid analysis
  • CT Scan
  • Specific blood analysis
  • Serum titres and levels
  • Muscle and nerve biopsies

The Conditions We See:

  • Seizure activity
  • Neuromuscular conditions such as neuro/myopathy and myasthenia gravis
  • Meningitis and encephalitis
  • Caudal occipital malformation, syringomyelia/hydromyelia
  • Spinal cord conditions; including intervertebral disc diseases, wobbler syndrome, cancer

What to Expect:

Presently the neurology service offers appointments every Monday and Tuesday. To schedule an appointment, we ask that referring veterinarians submit a referral form. We will call clients directly to set up an appointment. For more urgent cases we ask that the referring veterinarian calls us directly on a Monday or Tuesday.

What Do I Bring to my Referral Appointment?

Be sure to bring any relevant medical records or information to your first appointment. Ask your veterinarian for copies of any relevant medical tests, imaging studies, x-rays, or laboratory panels.

Remember, you also can do your part to maximize your pet's recovery by keeping your pet's traveling medical records organized and by strictly adhering to the recommendations of your veterinary team for the scheduling of follow up appointments, etc. At every appointment, be sure to write down any important recommendations, or ask the veterinarian or a staff member to write them down for you.

Our Neurology Team

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