Neurological Procedures

The non-invasive neurological procedures available include:

  • CT scan
  • Cerebrospinal tap – cerebrospinal fluid is collected to diagnose brain or spinal cord disease. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia so your pet will not feel any discomfort or pain
  • Myelography – a radiographic technique in which a contrast dye is injected into the sub-arachnoid space so that the spinal cord is outlined and trauma may be examined
  • MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging is utilized as an imaging modality in veterinary medicine.  MRI can be used to diagnose neurological diseases as well as other diseases such as orthopedic.  It is an extremely valuable non-invasive tool used in neurology to fully observe different aspects of the brain and spinal cord that are sometimes limited on Computed Tomography (CT).  This allows for a more complete diagnosis to enable proper treatment for the patient.
  • EMGINCV – Electrodiagnostics – testing of muscles and nerves to assess disease or injury to the brain, peripheral nerve, spinal cord or neuromuscular junction
  • Spinal radiography
  • BAER testing (Hearing tests)

The Neurological Surgery options for our patients include:

  • Craniotomy – removal of a portion of the skull for access to the intracranial space, with subsequent replacement of bone
  • Chiari Surgery – to resolve foramen magnum obstruction caused by herniated cerebellum and medulla. This surgical procedure can reduce pain and neurological deficits for your pet
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt – This procedure can provide long-term resolution of intracranial pressure due to an accumulation of spinal fluid.   The shunt provides for continuous drainage of the spinal fluid
  • Wobblers – disease that affects the spine within the neck region. Surgical treatment involves the removal of lesions from the spine
  • Intervertebral disc disease surgery – a premature hardening of the center of a disc and weakening of the outer layer of a disc. As the outer layer of the disc ruptures, the inner material is displaced upwards against the spinal cord causing pain and swelling
  • Spinal tumors
  • Stenosis – narrowing of the spinal cord, causing pressure to the nerves around the area
  • Nerve/muscle biopsies
  • Arachnid cyst surgery – removal of cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs found between the brain and the arachnoid membrane
  • Syringomyelia – to allow the cerebrospinal fluid to flow normally when fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stabilization