Common Neurological Symptoms

The symptoms that we see most often in our practice are:

  • Balance issues
  • Behavioral changes
  • Circling
  • Difficulty walking, standing or abnormal gait
  • Disorientation
  • Dragging hind legs
  • Eyes darting
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Head pressing
  • Inability to use one or more limbs
  • Limp tail
  • Loss of muscle mass and/or control
  • Pain, which may be indicated by vocalization, sensitivity to touch and/or behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Trembling or twitching
  • Vertigo
  • Vision loss
  • Weakness/stumbling

Causes of Neurological Diseases in Pets

Most common neurological diseases we see in our practice include but are not limited to:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital conditions
  • Infection: valley fever, tick related, bacterial and more
  • Inherited conditions
  • Metabolic: liver, kidney disease affecting the brain
  • Toxins
  • Trauma
  • Vascular events

If your pet presents any symptoms of a neurological disorder, please contact our team as most neurological patients require urgent or emergency care.

What to Expect From Our Neurology Service

Our Neurology service is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for your family member. We offer same-day or next-day appointments, depending on urgency.

Our team also offers the following services:

  • In-house laboratory
  • In-house radiology
  • Advanced imaging diagnostics: MRI, CT, Fluoroscopy
  • In-house spinal fluid analysis
  • Electrodiagnostic
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) to provide continuous monitoring of:
    • Heart rate and rhythm
    • Blood pressure
    • TCO2 and other blood gases
    • Oxygen cage

It is imperative to our mission that both your family and your primary care veterinarian have a complete understanding of your pet’s diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.

We value being a part of your pet’s long-term medical team.

What is a Veterinary Neurologist?

Did you know that it takes at least 12 years to make a Veterinary Neurologist?

In addition to the four-year training required to procure a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), the degree carried by all general practicing vets, Veterinary Neurologists also complete a one-year internship followed by a three-year neurology residency that ends with a two-year rigorous examination process.

Board certification can be obtained from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) or the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN).

Your Neurologist

Danielle Powers

Board-Certified Neurologist

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