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Neurology & Neurosurgery

Animals can suffer many of the same brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems that humans do. These include a wide range of disorders, such as seizures, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, and fractures, head trauma, brain tumors, and much more. In conjunction with our surgery department, Lakeshore is proud to offer diagnostic neurological services, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment (including high field MRI and CT) for patients with these complex and challenging conditions.

Your pet may be experiencing a neurological disorder if you notice these symptoms:

  • Altered consciousness
  • Behavior changes
  • Confusion
  • Head or spinal trauma
  • Head tilt
  • Incontinence
  • Incoordination or imbalance
  • Loss/change in eyesight
  • Neck and/or back pain
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Weakness/paralysis

Techniques available for diagnosing and treating neurologic conditions include:

  • Computed tomography
  • Cerebral spinal fluid analysis
  • Digital radiography
  • Intracranial surgery
  • Immunosuppresive therapy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Spinal surgery

What can I expect at my pet's initial neurology consultation?

Your consultation appointment with Dr. Haley will involve the following:

  • The veterinary technician will obtain a thorough history of your pet, reviewing records from your family veterinarian.
  • Dr. Haley will review your pet’s medical history records as provided by your pet’s other health care providers.
  • She will discuss and review your pet’s current health status as reported by you.
  • Dr. Haley will perform a thorough physical examination, including evaluation of coordination, reflexes, mental status, and level of pain.
  • She will then discuss next steps that may include: additional tests, treatment options, and a long term care plan. This discussion will focus on the health of your pet, addressing concerns and answering questions you may have. Should treatment of any kind be indicated, we will discuss your options including expected outcomes (prognosis), recovery, and costs.
  • Decisions on treatment are made jointly with you, so it is important that the person(s) responsible for the patient is present to ask questions and provide information about the pet’s behavior, routines, and history.
  • Dr. Haley may recommend advanced testing such as CT or MRI. This will be discussed in detail with you, including the reasoning and costs.
  • At the initial consultation, she will also discuss which treatment plan will be most beneficial going forward with individual budget and schedule considerations kept in mind.
Please allow at least 1-2 hours for this entire discussion.

MEET OUR BOARD-CERTIFIED SPECIALIST:

  • Allison Haley
    DVM, MRCVS, ACVIM
    Neurology
    Board-Certified Neurologist

 
Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists