What if my pet needs surgery?
Most board certified veterinary neurologists receive extensive training during their residencies in neurosurgery, including both spinal and intracranial surgery. In fact, the majority of pets needing the care of the veterinary neurologist have conditions that will require surgical intervention such as intervertebral disc disease, spinal fractures, spinal and brain tumors, or severe hydrocephalus.
Last year we performed over 400 neurosurgeries including laminectomies (hemi and dorsal), atlantoaxial subluxation stabilizations, spinal fracture fixations, craniectomies, ventriculoperitoneal shunts, and ventral slots.
If you elect to have a non-neurologist perform your pet's neurosurgery, ask about their experience with the various surgical procedures outlined above.
Why does my pet need to see a neurologist?
If your family veterinarian believes your pet has a neurological problem, it is in your pet’s best interest to seek the advice of a board certified veterinary neurologist because of the additional years of training and experience they have in working with all types of neurological problems.
Veterinary neurologists have both immediate access and experience with advanced technology such as CAT scans and MR imaging, myelography, electrodiagnostic testing (electro-myography and nerve conduction analysis) and cerebral spinal fluid analysis. These diagnostic tools provide you with the confidence you need to make important decisions regarding your pet’s care. North Florida Neurology has a high field MRI and CT scanner on site and performs in house CSF analysis.
Our neurologists have extensive experience with patients having seizures and are the most current with regards to optimal diagnostic testing and treatment options. We also have the ability to perform in house BAER (hearing testing).
"We kept thinking it was just hip arthritis."
Owner of Jade, a 7 yr Retriever with lumbosacral disc disease
Early recognition a neurological problem is the most important step in providing your pet with the best care. Because we are a phone call away, your family veterinarian is used to working closely with our neurologists to determine when a pet needs to be referred for advanced diagnostics or surgery.
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What is a veterinary neurologist?
After graduation from veterinary school and completion of a 1 year internship in medicine and surgery, a veterinarian wishing to become a neurologist must compete for one of the few neurology residencies accredited by the Neurology subspecialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After completion of the neurology residency, several rigorous examinations must be passed before becoming a board certified veterinary neurologist.
Currently there are less than 300 ACVIM board certified neurologists in the world. North Florida Neurology is very fortunate to have 2 neurologists that are highly experienced in both medical neurology & neurosurgery. The neurologists at North Florida Neurology also train residents in neurology and neurosurgery.