Neurological Services

At Veterinary Referral Associates, our veterinary neurologist provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for pets with neurological conditions. A veterinary neurologist has graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, and completed additional training in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. This includes an internship and residency to provide firsthand experience in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases impacting animals.

When your pet is referred to our hospital, the neurologist will perform a detailed neurological exam to determine if, and what part of your pet’s nervous system is affected.

After the exam, the neurologist will discuss the most likely causes for your pet’s issues, including diagnostic tools and tests necessary to determine the exact cause and available treatment which may include medical therapy, surgery, or intensive care.

Neurological conditions commonly treated by a veterinary neurologist include:

  • Seizures
  • Back or neck pain
  • Balance problems
  • Behavioral changes
  • Paralysis and/or limb weakness
  • Intervertebral disc disease and other spinal injuries

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, and other internal body structures. This is especially useful to examine the brain and spinal cord.

A CT scanner is an advanced, non-invasive diagnostic machine that allows our specialists to view the internal anatomy of a pet by producing highly detailed cross-sectional images. CT scans are commonly used for planning surgery, diagnosing diseases, and the early detectionn and treatment of cancer.

A spinal tap is a common diagnostic test used to analyze the CSF (the fluid around the brain and spinal cord) for evidence of inflammation, infection, and cancer. This procedure is done under anesthesia for your pet’s safety and comfort.

Depending on your pet’s neurologic signs, specific tests for infections (fungal, protozoal, viral, tick-born), autoimmune diseases, and genetic diseases may be recommended. These typically require samples of blood, urine, and/or saliva.

  • MRI
    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, and other internal body structures. This is especially useful to examine the brain and spinal cord.
  • CT
    A CT scanner is an advanced, non-invasive diagnostic machine that allows our specialists to view the internal anatomy of a pet by producing highly detailed cross-sectional images. CT scans are commonly used for planning surgery, diagnosing diseases, and the early detectionn and treatment of cancer.
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis
    A spinal tap is a common diagnostic test used to analyze the CSF (the fluid around the brain and spinal cord) for evidence of inflammation, infection, and cancer. This procedure is done under anesthesia for your pet’s safety and comfort.
  • Specific lab tests
    Depending on your pet’s neurologic signs, specific tests for infections (fungal, protozoal, viral, tick-born), autoimmune diseases, and genetic diseases may be recommended. These typically require samples of blood, urine, and/or saliva.