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Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with treating disorders of the nervous system.

Black elderly dog looking at something
Black elderly dog looking at something


The nervous system is one of the most central systems of your pet’s body and is vitally important. It includes the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves, each of which can come with their own unique set of issues. Veterinary neurologists have been specially trained to treat your pet’s neurological issues, and will ensure that your pet is comfortable through the examination and treatment process. Issues surrounding the nervous system can be severe, so it is imperative that you contact your veterinarian to schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns.

Why should I consider neurology for my pet?

Being mindful of your pet’s neurological condition and scheduling regular check-ups can be vital to ensure they lead longer and healthier lives. Neurological check-ups are an important part of you’re pet’s wellness routine. Common neurological issues in animals can include:

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Head injury

  • Cancers of the nervous system

  • Metabolic brain disorder

  • Meningitis

  • Epilepsy

  • Herniated disks

  • Brain tumors

  • Vestibular disease

When should I consider neurology for my pet?

Your veterinarian may recommend a neurological consult for your pet if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Seizures

  • Spinal pain

  • Paralysis or drastic weakness

  • Balance problems

  • Change in behavior

Unlike some conditions and diseases, neurological issues don’t typically do not resolve on their own. It is crucial to take any neurological issues your pet may be having very seriously. Contact your veterinarian as soon as your have concerns or observe concerning symptoms.

How are neurological issues treated?

Neurological issues may require more advanced forms of treatment. A series of exams will be administered by your veterinarian to assess your pet’s communication pattern from their brain to the nerves, the functionality of their reflexes, and their ability to hold a normal posture. The results of examination will help your veterinarian distinguish which part(s) of the nervous system that may be affected. The diagnosis will determine whether prescription medication may be necessary, or in the cases of a more advanced disorder, whether long-term neurological therapy or even neurosurgery may be indicated. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine the best plan for your pet.