Veterinary neurologists treat a variety of problems in dogs and cats, including seizures, vestibular or
balance problems, weakness, difficulty walking, or even paralysis due to a disc problem or spinal trauma.
If your pet sees Dr. Michelle Murray, our neurologist, she will gather a complete medical history from you about
your pet including current symptoms, perform a neurological examination (this is done in the room with
you and entails checking various reflexes, balance, pupillary reactions, level of alertness, etc). Dr. Michelle Murray
will look over results of any tests or labwork that have already been done and MAY then recommend certain tests,
if needed, to determine what is causing the symptoms in your pet.
Some of the tests we perform at PCVH include radiographs (x-rays), myelogram, cerebrospinal fluid
(CSF) taps, and nerve and muscle biopsies. We can also facilitate referral for MRI (magnetic
resonance imaging) and work closely with the imaging facility during this process (i.e., we are able to
see the images remotely, speak with the doctor at the imaging center, and go over
the results with you at our office, usually on the same day as the scan). We can also arrange timely
transportation for your pet to and from the office.
Some of the neurologic problems that can be treated at our office:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease- medical or surgical treatment (hemilaminectomy, dorsal laminectomy,
ventral slot surgery, etc..)
- Vestibular disease or symptoms
- Seizures / Epilepsy
- Atlantoaxial Instability ( or “AA luxation”)
- Brain tumor
- Spinal Fractures
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