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Nashville Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary Neurology

If your primary care veterinarian has referred to you one of our neurologists, please call us at (615) 386-0107 today to make an appointment.

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What is Veterinary Neurology

Veterinary neurology is the field of veterinary medicine focused on treating the brain, muscles, nerves, and spinal cords of animals. In addition to earning a doctorate degree, veterinarians are required to complete specialized training programs and go through an extensive examination process to become a board-certified veterinary neurologist. Some of the medical concerns that a veterinary neurologist may treat are:

  • Sudden behavioral changes

  • Seizures or tremors

  • Birth defects

  • Tumors

  • Abnormal and uncontrollable head tilting

  • Paralysis or limb weakness

  • Odd gaits or other walking issues

  • Injuries to the spinal column

At Nashville Veterinary Specialists, our advanced, fully equipped facilities and two expert veterinary neurologists are here to help. Learn more about our highly qualified neurological team at NVS in Nashville, TN.

What to Expect

Depending on what your pet has been referred for, our neurological team may recommend one or more of the following procedures:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis: evaluation of spinal fluid is often used when looking for inflammation in the central nervous system but can also be used in conjunction with other tests to diagnose conditions such as cancer in the nervous system.

  • Myelography: this is a procedure where a dye is injected into the space around the spinal cord in order to better visualize the spinal cord and look for disorders such as a disc herniation or cyst that may be affecting the spinal cord.

  • Computed Tomography: CT is often used to visualize parts of the nervous system that are not visible on radiographs and for evaluating conditions such as spinal fractures.  The is also one of the most common ways to diagnose intervertebral disc disease in specific breeds of dogs.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI is the best way to evaluate the majority of the nervous system, especially disorders that involve the brain as it provides a much more detailed picture of the soft tissues of the nervous system.

  • Electrodiagnostics: electrodiagnostics are most often used to evaluate disorders of the nerves and muscles and is most helpful when combined with nerve and muscle biopsies. Auditory evoked testing is also available and is used to evaluate animals for deafness.

White pug is getting his head cradled by a veterinarian on his/her medical table while getting anesthesia.

After your pet has been seen and tested by one of our skilled neurologists, they will receive a diagnosis and a customized treatment plan that may include medication, surgery, and/or physical therapy. Surgeries that may be performed by our neurologists include:

  • Dorsal and hemilaminectomy

  • Ventral slot

  • Spinal stabilization for fractures

  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement

  • Ventral distraction-fusion for Wobblers disease

  • Foramen magnum decompression for Chiari malformation

  • Surgical treatment of brain tumors

If you have any questions about how our veterinary neurological team can help your pet, please call us at (615) 386-0107 or fill out our Contact Us form to send us an email.

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