Dogs and cats can suffer many of the same brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems that humans do. These all fall into the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery services, which include treatment for a wide range of disorders – epilepsy, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, brain tumors, etc. Although neurological disorders may cause great distress for pets and owners, many problems can be treated very successfully.
Diagnosis and treatment of a neurological disorder can be complex and challenging. General practice veterinarians often work with our board-certified veterinary specialists, who are experts at neurosurgery and in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular systems.
If you’d like to learn more about the veterinary neurology and neurosurgery services provided at the VSH locations in North County and San Diego, please contact us or request a consultation online. You can also call to book an appointment at:
- North County: (760) 466-0600
- San Diego: (858) 875-7500
Neurology and Neurosurgery Procedures at VSH
At the Veterinary Specialty Hospital, our veterinary neurology and neurosurgery services are provided by four board-certified neurologists: Dr. Joy Delamaide Gasper, Dr. Robin Levitski-Osgood, Dr. David Lipsitz, and Dr. Tammy L. Stevenson.
Neurology: The neurology service at VSH provides specialized on-site diagnostic procedures, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and myelography. We also offer full service electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/NCV/BAER) for animals with neuromuscular diseases. Muscle and nerve biopsies are performed on-site and processed in the Comparative Neuromuscular Diseases Laboratory at UCSD.
Neurosurgery: We also perform a complete range of neurosurgeries on dogs and cats. These include dorsal and hemilaminectomies, ventral slot procedures, intervertebral disc fenestration, and exploration of the peripheral nerves and nerve roots. Spinal stabilization is also performed. State-of-the-art intracranial neurosurgical procedures include craniotomy, cranioplasty, and ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement. Pets that are critically ill or recovering from extensive neurosurgery or diagnostics are personally monitored by both the neurologist and critical care specialist in our intensive care unit.
Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of our veterinary neurology and neurosurgery services.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Motor and sensory nerve conduction studies (NCV)
- Auditory brainstem evoked response (BAER)
- Repetitive nerve stimulation
- Special testing for myasthenia gravis (SFEMG)
- Somatosensory evoked potentials
- Dorsal laminectomies
- Ventral slots
- Spinal stabilization
- Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement
- Muscle and nerve biopsy