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Neurology


Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with treating disorders of the nervous system.

Elderly dog
Elderly dog

Overview

The nervous system is one of the most central systems of your pet’s body, and therefore is vitally important in ensuring they lead a happy and healthy life. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves, each of which can come with their own unique set of issues. Veterinary neurologists have been specially trained to treat your pet’s neurological issues, and will ensure that your pet is comfortable through the examination and treatment process. Issues surrounding the nervous system can be severe, so it is imperative that you contact your veterinarian to schedule an appointment at the first sign of trouble.

Why should I consider neurology for my pet?

Being mindful of your pet’s neurological condition and scheduling regular check-ups can be vital to ensure they lead longer and healthier lives. No pet owner wants to see their furry friends in any kind of distress, making neurological check-ups an important part to your animal’s wellness routine. Common neurological issues in animals can include:

-Spinal cord injury

-Head injury

-Cancers of the nervous system

-Metabolic brain disorder

-Meningitis

-Epilepsy

-Herniated disks

-Brain tumors

-Vestibular disease

When should I consider neurology for my pet?

You should consider neurology for your pet if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

-Seizures

-Spinal pain

-Paralysis or drastic weakness

-Balance problems

-Change in behavior

Unlike other conditions and diseases, neurological issues don’t typically go away on their own. This is why it is crucial to take any neurological issues your pet may be having very seriously. Contact your veterinarian as soon as there is any sign of trouble.

How do you treat neurological issues?

Neurological issues tend to require more advanced forms of treatment. When you bring in your pet, a series of exams will be administered in order to assess the communication pattern from their brain to their nerves, the functionality of their reflexes, and their ability to hold a normal posture. The results of examination will help your veterinarian distinguish which parts of the nervous system are not functioning properly. Depending on your pet’s diagnosis, prescription medication may be necessary. More advanced disorders may require long-term neurological therapy or even neurosurgery. Contact your veterinarian to determine the best plan for your pet.