If your pet is weak, painful, wobbly, dizzy, paralyzed or having seizures, the Neurology and Neurosurgery Service is here to help. Our department provides start of the art diagnostics, medical and surgical treatment options for pets experiencing neurological disorders. Our dedicated team is comprised of a Board-Certified Veterinary Neurologist and experienced veterinary nurses with training in specialty medicine. If your pet is affected by a condition of the brain or spine, our team has the knowledge, skills and compassion to help.
The Neurology team utilizes a high field 1.5T MRI, which is the same technology utilized in human imaging facilities. We are also proud to have as a part of our team a certified human Radiologic/CT Technologist who has completed additional education in MRI.
Conditions that we diagnose and treat include:
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Brain Tumors
- Paralysis or limb weakness
- Vestibular disease
- Inflammation of the central nervous system: meningitis, encephalitis, myelitis
- Infections of the nervous system such as diskospondylitis
- Spinal Fractures
- Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Neuromuscular disease such as myasthenia gravis
Our neurologist is trained in neurosurgical procedures and we offer surgery for intervertebral disc disease, spinal fractures, lumbosacral stenosis, congenital malformations, and tumors. Our doctor has completed additional training in physical rehabilitation, acupuncture and pain management to aid in your furry family members recovery. We also have the advantage of being part of a multi-specialty hospital, which provides for collaboration with the soft tissue/orthopedic surgery and oncology departments when necessary.
The Neurology service believes strongly in an individualized approach to patient care. We understand that having a sick pet is stressful, so we strive to listen to your concerns, communicate clearly about your pet’s condition and treatment options, and provide compassionate care.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is an advanced imaging technology that obtains detailed 3D images of the brain, spinal cord and nerves to aid in the diagnoses of neurological conditions such as meningitis, tumors and herniated intervertebral discs. MRI uses a strong magnet and advanced computer technology to formulate hundreds of images for each patient.
Our MRI is a high field strength magnet (1.5T), of the same quality as those used in human medical facilities. We have specially selected components that allow us to obtain high resolution images of small animals. This technique is not painful and does not expose patients to radiation, but does require general anesthesia. A dedicated veterinary nurse closely monitors each patient throughout the procedure using veterinary specific anesthetic monitoring equipment designed for use in MRI.
Images are interpreted in real-time by our neurology team on-site so that immediate decisions can be made about treatment and prognosis
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center
1501A Belcher Road South Largo, FL 33771
Specialty Hours Monday 8:30a - 5:00p Tuesday 8:30a - 5:00p Wednesday 8:30a - 5:00p Thursday 8:30a - 5:00p Friday 8:30a - 5:00p Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Emergency Care Center (ECC) Monday 10a-10p Tuesday 10a-10p Wednesday 10a-10p Thursday 10a-10p Friday, Saturday, Sunday 24 Hours