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Types of Neurological Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Just like in humans, dogs and cats get neurological conditions.  The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.  Certain neurological conditions can affect any part of the nervous system, while others only happen in certain parts of the nervous system. The general types of disorders that can affect the…

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Are Neurological Disorders in Dogs Treatable?

Ultimately, most pet owners ask me one simple question when their pet is having a neurological problem: Can You Fix My Pet? Neurological disorders in dogs and cats can be very scary to the pet and to the pet family.  The nervous system is the part of the body responsible for things like walking, coordination,…

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Facial Paralysis in Dogs: Why Does My Dog Have a Droopy Face?

Written by our Neurology Resident, Dr. DiVita. You can learn more about Dr. DiVita on our neurologists page. Why is my dog’s face droopy? When a dog has a “drooping” face, we become concerned about a problem with the facial nerve. The facial nerve, or cranial nerve VII, exits the back of the brain and…

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Causes of Seizures in Dogs

As a pet owner, seeing your dog have a seizure for the first time can be a terrifying experience for you. You might think they are dying, and this can cause anyone to panic. It’s good for you to know that, typically, seizures are not fatal, and it may help you to get through such…

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Common Questions About Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

1. Why does Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) happen? There are two general types of IVDD, Types I and II. Type I IVDD typically affects younger to middle aged chondrodysplastic dogs (smaller dogs with short legs) such as the Dachshund, and usually results in an acute onset of clinical signs. Type I IVDD degeneration begins early…

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Canine Chiari Institute At Southeast Veterinary Neurology

Chiari malformation is a quite common condition found in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Brussels Griffons and a variety of other (typically small breed) dogs. As of April 2016, Southeast Veterinary Neurology will be offering reduced cost screening of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Brussels Griffons, and other high-risk breeds. What Does the Screening Package Include? Physical/neurological…

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BAER Hearing Testing in Dogs and Cats

What is Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) Testing? BAER evaluation is a non-invasive hearing test that allows the board-certified veterinary neurologists at Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN) to confirm the existence of congenital or acquired hearing loss.  This specialized test for dogs and cats takes approximately 10-15 minutes and tests each ear individually.  BAER testing can be…

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