We’re Experts in Medical and Surgical Neurology for Pets

Does advanced specialty training matter when a pet has a neurological problem? Yes, absolutely.

Pets can suffer from many of the same neurological disorders—conditions that affect the brain, spine, and overall nervous system—that people do. These conditions can be debilitating, affecting a pet’s ability to walk, stand and even eat, making life challenging for pets and their owners.

As with many conditions, however, the earlier a neurological problem is diagnosed, the more promising the prognosis may be. Diagnosing and treating a neurological disorder can be complex, which is why primary care veterinarians frequently turn to a Guardian Veterinary Specialists neurologist. Our three board-certified neurologists have completed years of advanced clinical training.

Plus, we have the expertise to perform neurosurgery right here at our hospital, including brain and spinal surgery, nerve and muscle biopsies, and cerebrospinal fluid collection. It’s also important to know that our neurology/neurosurgery team works closely with Guardian Veterinary Specialists’ Rehabilitation service, giving pets every advantage for regaining optimal function, health, and quality of life.

The Veterinary Neurological Conditions We See

Our specialists see the full range of neurologic disorders that can affect dogs and cats, including:

  • Complex seizure disorders
  • Vestibular disease (disorders that affect balance)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (diseases that affect the peripheral nervous system—the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body
  • Spinal disease
  • Stroke
  • Immune-mediated diseases (conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body)
  • Inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord
  • Metabolic disease (conditions caused by deficiencies of certain essential nutrients, resulting in disturbance of an animal’s normal metabolic processes)

With our neurosurgical capabilities, we are also able to treat:

  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Disc disease
  • Wobbler’s syndrome (malformation of the cervical [neck] vertebrae in dogs)
  • Spinal fractures and/or luxations
  • Congenital (present from birth) diseases

What is a neurology resident?

A veterinary neurology resident is a veterinarian who has completed veterinary school and is now undergoing specialized training in veterinary neurology. Residents can see and manage animals with a variety of neurological disorders, including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, they can develop and implement treatment plans for animals.

Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities

To aid in timely, accurate diagnosis, our Neurology service is supported by the latest  technology, available onsite, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and digital radiography
  • Electromyography and nerve conduction studies including brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) hearing tests