Neurology/Neurosurgery

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
  • Immune-mediated diseases (conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body)
  • Inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord
  • Stroke
  • 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

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

To schedule a free initial consultation

We’re so passionate about ensuring that pets receive optimal care—and that pet parents  understand the treatment options available to them—that we offer free initial consultations. To  schedule yours, simply call (914) 704-3400