Does my dog need to see a neurologist? A Comprehensive Guide

How Vet Neurologists Treat Neurological Disorders in Dogs

The first step in trying to help your pet’s neurological condition is to be examined by a veterinary neurologist. Neurologists are experts in neurological disorders in dogs and cats. At Southeast Veterinary Neurology, our board-certified veterinary neurologists see neurological disorders every single day that most other doctors and even specialists only see on occasion.

After an examination, our neurologists will be able to tell you WHERE in the nervous system the problem is (for example, is the problem in the brain, or the spinal cord of the neck, or the nerves, etc). They will also be able to tell you HOW BAD the problem is. Finally, they will be able to tell you the conditions that MOST LIKELY could be causing your pet’s symptoms. Based on the examination, they should be able to discuss with you the chances of your pet getting better based on the severity of symptoms and the likely possible causes.

Ultimately, tests are often necessary to narrow the list of possible causes down to the exact cause. At that time, the best treatment plan can be known.

Again, our neurologists are experienced in neurological conditions and are best equipped to give you pet the best chance of recovery. More importantly, we are all pet parents and understand the bond you have with your pet.

Neurological conditions treated at AMC:

  • Complex/refractory seizures
  • Immune-mediated diseases, such as:
    • Myasthenia Gravis
    • Polymyositis/polyneuropathy
    • Optic neuritis
  • Inflammatory and infectious diseases of the brain, spine, and spinal cord, such as:
    • Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME)
    • Meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown etiology (MUE)
    • Diskospondylitis
  • Stroke
  • Metabolic disease
  • Disc disease
  • Signs of Neurological Issues in Pets

    Because your pets central nervous system controls basic life functions, decision making and coordinated movement, the signs of neurological issues vary depending on which part of the central nervous system is affected. That said, some of the most common signs of neurological issues in pets include:

  • Unusual or jerky eye movements
  • Abnormal gait, unexplained weakness or paralysis
  • Foot dragging or knuckling of paws
  • Pain along the spine, neck or back
  • Head tilt or leaning
  • Seizures of different kinds
  • Loss of balance
  • Scratching at the air without making contact with their body
  • Cognitive or behavioral changes
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation such as staring into space or getting stuck in corners
  • There are a number of neurological conditions that can affect cats and dogs including:

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Stroke
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy (seizures)
  • Cancer
  • Degenerative disorders
  • Spinal or brain trauma
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Symptoms of Brain Tumors in Dogs