Veterinary neurology is the study of your pet’s nerves and nervous system and any disorders related to them. Every organ and muscle relies on the nervous system to function, so disorders can affect your pet’s motor skills, their sensory abilities, as well as their cognitive function. At Hills and Dales Veterinary Clinic, our experienced veterinarians diagnose and help you manage your pet’s neurological disorders. Many conditions are treatable with medications and surgery.
Common Neurological Conditions
Many neurological conditions that affect us can affect our pets, too. Some of the more common neurologic conditions include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma such as concussions
- Brain tumors
- Ruptured discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- And more
Diagnosing Neurological Conditions
In veterinary neurology, our diagnostic equipment is invaluable for accurately diagnosing your pet’s neurological condition. We will perform a neurological exam and may opt for further diagnostics such as digital imaging to confirm our findings. Our skilled doctors will take the time to discuss what they discover and make sure you understand the scope of your pet’s condition as well as treatment options available. When necessary, we may refer you to a specialist with additional diagnostic options that will help us better understand your pet’s condition and how to treat it.
Treating Your Pet’s Condition
Once we confirm your pet’s condition, we’ll discuss their treatment options with you. Sometimes medications can be used to control issues such as epilepsy and seizures, help with pain associated with injuries, and slow degenerative conditions. Other times, surgery can repair damaged tissue, remove tumors, and relieve pressure from fluid buildup. Regardless of the condition, we’ll find a solution that works for both you and your pet.