Nothing can be scarier for a pet owner than to know that their pet may need brain surgery. Rest assured, if your pet needs brain surgery, there is no other facility in Florida that is better equipped, more experienced or as understanding of your concern for your pet.
Why Does My Pet Need Brain Surgery?
Pets may need brain surgery for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is removal of a brain tumor. Other reasons may include correction of Chiari-like malformation, removal of blood clots or bone fragments after trauma, and placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts in patients with hydrocephalus.
We only recommend brain surgery after carefully weighing the benefits versus the risks of surgery. We will discuss these with you in depth.
Brain Surgeries We Perform at Southeast Veterinary Neurology
Surgical Removal Of Brain Tumors
Surgery to remove a brain tumor is the most common reason we perform brain surgery in dogs and cats. As scary as a brain tumor may sound, the vast majority of dogs and cats do extremely well with brain surgery. We only recommend brain surgery if we feel that your pet is a good candidate and that the potential for a good outcome outweighs the surgery.
The most common type of brain tumor in dogs and cats is called a meningioma. Meningiomas tend to be more benign, are located on the surface of the brain and are often able to be removed with surgery. After performing an MRI, we will let you know whether surgery is a good option for your pet.
For many cats with meningiomas, surgery can be curative. Many dogs with brain tumors can live for years after surgery. Life expectancy is hard to predict and depends on the type of tumor, how fast it is growing, how much tumor we were able to remove, and what follow-up treatments are used.
Pre-Operative MRI In Dog With Brain Tumor
Post-Operative MRI In Dog With Brain Tumor
Foramen Magnum Decompression
This surgery is most commonly performed to treat Chiari-like Malformation. While this is an oversimplification, in general, this condition is caused by a bony indentation on the back part of the brain. In this surgery, our neurologists relieve the compression on the back part of the brain.
Ventriculoperitoneal shunting is a surgery to treat extra fluid building within the brain (hydrocephalus). This is most commonly found in puppies. A specialized tube is placed under the skin to direct fluid from the brain into your pet’s belly. Most dogs and cats with congenital hydrocephalus do very well with surgery.
Rarely, brain surgery is needed if there is excessive bleeding in the brain, broken bones of the skull or foreign objects (bullets, broken tooth, dirt and debris). The likelihood of success depends on many factors, which our neurologists will discuss with you in detail based on your pet’s situation.
MRI image of a small dog with head trauma after being bitten by a larger dog. Note the bone fragment (single arrow) that is within the brain parenchyma. The double arrows show the defect in the skull.
Why Choose Southeast Veterinary Neurology for Your Pet’s Brain Surgery
Our neurologists in Miami, Boynton Beach and Jupiter are highly skilled in neurology and neurosurgery, including brain surgery. Our team has performed thousands of successful procedures over the years. In fact, many other neurologists in Florida send their most complicated cases for brain surgery to Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Despite this, we only recommend surgery if we think it is the best thing for your pet, and only after talking with you about all of your options and the pros and cons of each.