Shake, rattle and roll…
Studying problems involving the brain, spine and nerves in your pet’s body — ailments that often cause pets to shake, have seizures or strokes, or walk painfully, weakly, or with an unsure gait — are seen by our neurology team who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the central nervous system.
Diseases of the central nervous system are among the most difficult to diagnose. Whether your pet is suffering from seizures, spinal cord or brain injury, a “slipped” disc, pain, weakness, a locomotive difficulty, or some other unusual nervous system disorder, BluePearl’s neurologists have the training, experience, skills and technology to provide a thorough neurological examination, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.
Neurologists use advanced diagnostic, medical, surgical and imaging techniques to diagnose and treat patients, such as:
- Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) taps, which enable the neurologist to detect or rule out suspected diseases or conditions involving the brain and spinal cord. By checking spinal fluid for blood cells, sugar levels, protein levels and infectious agents, neurologists can diagnose infections, cancers and inflammatory conditions.
- CT (computerized tomography) scans are used to visualize neurologic structures obscured by the bone structures of the skull and vertebra. CT scans also are useful for diagnosing nasal disease, middle/inner ear disease, certain neurologic disease, bone disorders, and disorders within the chest and abdomen.
- Laparoscopy, which enable tiny cameras and surgical instruments to be introduced into the body through tiny incisions, enabling minimally invasive surgery and biopsies.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which provides better contrast among different soft tissue structures of the body than CT does, making it especially useful in brain, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and cancer imaging.
Conditions we often treat:
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Diseases of the spine, including fractures of the back
- Herniated discs and spinal cord injuries and disease
- Lameness and weakness related to arthritis and other conditions of the back
- Wobblers disease
For more information about board-certified neurology specialists, visit the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Neurology at acvim.org.