Neurology is a very specialized branch of medicine, where dedicated and highly qualified doctors treat diseases of the nervous system – a system which connects the bits and pieces that help our pets (and humans) function in normal ways.
However, when this system ‘comes apart,’ pets can exhibit signs such as paralysis, neck and back pain, abnormal behavior, questionable hearing, difficulty walking, tremors, and seizures.
The most common test ordered by a veterinary neurologist is an MRI, an advanced imaging test that enables doctors to look, in a noninvasive way, inside the skull and spinal column.
Occasionally other tests are required to confirm a diagnosis, including radiographs (x-rays), myelogram (spinal column dye study), CSF (spinal) tap, electro-diagnostic testing, advanced blood testing, or even a biopsy of the nervous tissues. Additionally, ACCESS neurologists are able to perform BAER hearing tests, a procedure that uses computers to record the electrical activity of the brain in response to sound stimulation.Read about some of the day-to-day activities in our neurology departments.