Pet Neurology at Veterinary Referral & Critical Care

When it comes to addressing complex neurological conditions in pets, Veterinary Referral & Critical Care in Manakin-Sabot, VA, is proud to offer specialized pet neurology services. Our dedicated team, led by Dr. Clarke, a board-certified veterinary neurologist, brings expertise in both medical and surgical interventions.

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Complexities of Pet Neurology

Neurology involves the study and treatment of disorders affecting the central nervous system, which comprises the brain and spinal cord, as well as the peripheral nervous system involving nerves and their connections to muscles and other organs. Signs of neurologic disease in pets can manifest in various ways, including but not limited to:

  • Seizures
  • Neck or back pain
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal gait
  • Difficulty walking/Falling
  • Behavioral changes

Diagnostic Capabilities

At Veterinary Referral & Critical Care, we have the capacity to perform a range of diagnostics, starting with basic assessments such as bloodwork, radiographs, and ultrasounds. For more intricate cases, our advanced diagnostic tools come into play, including:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Offering detailed insights into the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Analysis: Conducted through spinal taps to analyze fluid surrounding the central nervous system.
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing: Encompassing electromyogram, nerve conduction studies, and brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) to evaluate nerve and muscle function.

Dr. Clarke’s Expertise

Dr. Clarke, our experienced veterinary neurologist, has not only undergone specialized education but has also successfully passed the rigorous national board examination administered by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). While some neurologists exclusively focus on medical practices, Dr. Clarke stands out by incorporating surgical expertise into the comprehensive care options available for your pets.

Treatment and Communication

Before proceeding with any testing or treatment, our team ensures transparency regarding costs, providing a thorough review of all recommended procedures. Depending on the diagnostic path chosen for your pet, MRI appointments are scheduled promptly, either on the same day or the following day. Upon discharge, pet owners receive a detailed document outlining the neurologic exam findings, test results, procedures performed, and a comprehensive treatment plan, including details for recheck evaluations.

Our pet neurology services at Veterinary Referral & Critical Care in Manakin-Sabot, VA, are dedicated to providing thorough and specialized care for pets facing neurological challenges. Led by the expertise of Dr. Clarke, our team is committed to utilizing advanced diagnostics and a comprehensive approach to address the diverse signs of neurologic disease, ensuring the well-being of your beloved pets.