We understand that brain, spinal cord and other neuromuscular conditions can be scary for pet owners to navigate without support. The neurology team at UW Veterinary Care is here for you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to treatment and recovery.
We are proud to give your pet access to not just one but three board-certified specialists. These experts are experienced in the management of a number of neurologic conditions, including:
- Brain tumors
- Epilepsy in dogs and cats
- Herniated discs
- Dog vestibular syndrome
- Spinal tumors
- Inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord
As one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the state, our neurologic diagnostics are located on-site, making it quick and easy for our neurologists to work with board-certified radiologists to interpret results and get your pet on the path to recovery. Our unique equipment includes:
- MRI and CT for imaging of the brain and spinal cord.
- Electrodiagnostic machine for hearing tests, evaluation of muscle and nerve function and diagnosis of epileptic seizures.
- CUSA, an ultrasonic surgical aspirator that allows for faster and safer removal of brain and spinal cord tumors during surgery.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Spinal/Neurological Issues in Pets
Animals exhibiting difficulty walking, dragging their legs, seeming dizzy or off balance, or those having seizures may have underlying neurologic disease.
Most importantly, keep yourself and your pet safe. Don’t place anything (especially fingers or toys) into your pet’s mouth until they are fully recovered and move your dog to an area where they are unlikely to fall or be injured. For example, whenever possible, move your dog from the couch to the floor, or away from stairs or furniture that they could injure themselves by kicking. Recording how long the seizure lasted on a stopwatch or clock, as well as capturing a video of the event may be helpful for the veterinarian evaluating your dog or cat afterward.
Contact a veterinarian immediately if the seizure is longer than three minutes, or if there are three or more in 24 hours. Otherwise, contact a veterinarian on the next business day.
Spinal Cord Compressions
If your pet cannot walk, please don’t wait to take him/her to a specialist! Some spinal cord compressions require emergency treatment—however, this can only be determined via thorough evaluation by a veterinarian.
Neurologic disease may involve the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system or muscles. Recovery is dependent upon the disease and the location of the problem.
We understand that paying for your animal’s medical needs can be stressful. Your animal deserves the best care and we have various payment options, so your focus can be on getting your animal healthy.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
WITH A NEUROLOGIST:
Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, and our scheduling staff will assist you in finding an appointment with the right veterinary specialist based on your animal's needs at a time that works for you. Our emergency services for all species are also available 24/7 if your animal has a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.