At CVS, our highly trained neurologist diagnoses and treats a variety of neurological disorders and diseases in pets, such as seizures, abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord, infectious diseases, central nervous system conditions, and inflammatory brain diseases. This includes common problems such as epilepsy, herniated disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, and cancers of the nervous system. Our neurologist provides diagnostic testing, medical care, and surgery for dogs and cats, as well as 24-hour emergency care for animals with immediate neurological and neurosurgical needs. Working closely with CVS radiologists, internists, oncologists, and critical care specialists provides pets with neurological problems to receive around-the-clock, state- of-the-art care.
Utilizing a collaborative approach, our neurologist works closely with our multidisciplinary team of specialists to ensure patients receive the best integrated veterinary care that benefits the quality of life for our patients and for those who love them.
Our neurologist will first conduct a thorough neurologic examination on your pet, which may be videotaped for future reference. This is the first step to knowing what next diagnostics will be needed. CVS neurology has access to the most current, state-of-the-art technology, including the 1.5 Tesla MRI. The imaging from the MRI system allows surgeons, neurologists, and internists to provide comfort and healing with high-resolution images.
CVS neurology services include:
- Brain and spinal cord imaging, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, myelography, and radiography
- Spinal fluid tap and analysis
- Intensive care
- Neurosurgery of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system, including disc replacement surgery
We also offer supportive care to help maintain the best quality of life for your pet. Depending upon your pet’s condition, our neurologist can prescribe physical therapy, acupuncture, underwater therapy, and even home care.
We know this can be a scary and uncertain time for pet owners, and we are with you every step of the way. Our highly specialized veterinary neurologist is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care.
What is a Veterinary Specialist?
A board-certified specialist’s expertise complements the care provided by your primary care veterinarian. In addition to completing a veterinary degree (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, DVM), a board-certified veterinary specialist must complete an internship, a two to four-year specialized residency, and publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Specialists must also undergo a series of exams based on knowledge and skill in the given specialty.
During the initial neurological exam I try to determine where the problem originates within the nervous system. Further evaluation helps confirm or rule out certain diseases and determine the best treatment plan. My job is to help families find the answers they need to make the most informative decision for their pet.