The nervous system, comprising the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, is a very complex and sensitive system. Our pets can suffer a wide array of neurological and neuromuscular disorders that are treatable with the expertise of a veterinary neurologist. Some of these problems may manifest themselves as seizures, limb paralysis, weakness, balance disorders, vision disorders, and pain. Since many neurological problems do not always produce obvious physical signs or lesions, pinpointing the location of the problem is in itself a complex skill. Neurology specialists have more intense experience in their specific field, since they see specialized cases on a regular basis.
Animals experience many of the same brain, spinal cord, nerve, and muscle problems that humans face, including epilepsy, concussions, spinal cord injuries resulting from slipped discs or spinal fractures, and tumors. Jerry W. Northington, DVM, has a practice limited to neurology and will conduct a neurological examination of your pet during your sixty minute appointment. This requires subtle observation and interpretation of an animal’s movements, reflexes, behaviors, and responses.
In addition to performing neurological examinations, neurologists also utilize advanced diagnostic techniques using CT (computed tomography) scans, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), spinal fluid collection, and electric nerve impulse tests to diagnose conditions. These procedures can identify the problem and guide the neurologist towards an appropriate treatment plan for your pet.
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