Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary Neurology

Veterinary Neurology For Animals in New England

The neurologist at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialty of neurology. Neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

Pets are most often referred to the neurology service because of an inability to walk, an abnormal gait, abnormal behaviors, or seizures. If your pet is referred to the neurology service for a consultation, our neurologist will obtain a detailed history and description from you regarding your pet’s symptoms, perform an in-depth neurologic examination of your pet, and then may recommend additional diagnostic testing.

Diagnostics frequently performed by the OSVS neurologist include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sampling and analysis
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy
Veterinary Neurology For Animals in New England

Based on the assessment of your pet, the neurologist will discuss treatment options with you, which might include surgery or medical therapy. Many patients in neurology are experiencing some level of pain associated with their disease process, and the neurologist will often prescribe medications to help manage acute or chronic pain. The neurologist will work closely with your primary veterinarian to ensure that your pet is progressing as expected and to offer additional guidance or follow-up care as needed.

Two transverse images from an MRI study of a dog with a large tumor arising from the pituitary gland (under the brain). The tumor (arrows) is displacing normal brain tissue and causing seizures.
Two transverse images from an MRI study of a dog with a large tumor arising from the pituitary gland (under the brain). The tumor (arrows) is displacing normal brain tissue and causing seizures.

Neurosurgery

The neurologist often collaborates with our surgeons in the treatment of conditions that are best managed with surgical intervention. Neurologic conditions that are treated surgically at OSVS include (but are not limited to):

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Vertebral fractures/luxation
  • Cervical vertebral instability
  • Tumor resection from brain, spinal cord

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - 1.5 Tesla magnet
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - 1.5 Tesla magnet

The neurologist continues to stay abreast of emerging therapies and medical advances to ensure that your pet receives the best options available to make a full recovery. Ocean State Veterinary Specialists works with referring veterinarians to provide specialized and emergency care. If you believe your pet would benefit from the services provided by the neurologist at OSVS, please speak to your family vet about a referral.

The neurologist at OSVS: