Companion Animal Neurology
The diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease can be challenging for veterinarians. Many patients with an underlying neurological disorder present to their veterinarian with a variety of symptoms. Some common problems encompassed in the field of neurology are epilepsy, ruptured disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, neuromuscular disorders and cancer of the nervous system.
Diagnosing a specific neurological disorder may be very difficult at times. Our objectives are to obtain a complete health history of the patient, and perform a thorough physical examination. This will allow us to determine a diagnostic and therapeutic plan.
After the initial examination, Dr. Lane may recommend specific diagnostic tests to help decide how to diagnose and treat your pet. Most of these tests may be performed right here at the VRCC. Your pet may be hospitalized or a day scheduled for you to return with your pet for the procedure. Any risks that may be involved with the procedure as well as a detailed estimate of costs will be discussed with you at the time of scheduling.
What is a Veterinary Neurologist?
A specialist in neurology is trained to provide the highest quality of care to a pet with neurologic disease. Disorders of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles all fall into this category. Just like the general practitioner, a specialist also has at least 7-8 years of schooling including undergraduate and veterinary school. In addition, a neurologist has at least another 2-3 years of training to complete which must fulfill strict guidelines set by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Medical Neurological Services:
Complete neurological examination, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cerebrospinal fluid centesis for analysis (CSF), Seizure assessment and management, Neuromuscular assessment and management, including Electrodiagnostic testing: Electromyography, Motor and Sensory nerve testing, Single fiber electromyography, Brainstem auditory evolked potentials and Muscle and Nerve biopsy.
Pet Spinal Surgery
Ventral Slot, Cervical Hemilaminectomy, Thoracic Hemilaminectomy, Lumbar Hemilaminectomy, Cervical Dorsal Laminectomy, Thoracic Dorsal Laminectomy Lumbar/Lumbosacral Dorsal Laminectomy, Spinal stabilization and fracture surgery, Spinal tumor surgery, Caudal Cervical Vertebral Malformation/Malarticulation (Wobbler) surgery.
Pet Cranial Surgery
Tumor resection, debulkement, Brain biopsy, Caudal occipital malformation syndrome (COMS), Malformation correction, Ventriculoperitoneal shunting.
Pet Radiology Services
Radiographs are often a part of initial neurological evaluations, especially for patients with spinal pain. Radiographs may indicate bone changes indicative of cancer or an infection, narrowing of spaces between vertebrae suggesting a disk herniation and congenital abnormalities.