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Understanding Your Pet's Symptoms: Dog in Exam Room

Like people, dogs and cats have a nervous system consisting of a brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. The nervous system helps the body interact with its surroundings through vision, touch, smell, hearing, and balance. It also tells the rest of the body what to do by initiating and controlling movements. When the nervous system is unhealthy, the symptoms can be dramatic and depend on what part of the nervous system is being affected.

Symptoms of a neurological disorder may vary, but they should all be taken seriously. Contact us as soon as possible
so we can evaluate your pet.

Understanding Your Pet's Symptoms: Dog Laying On Blanket

Symptoms that May Indicate a Neurological Problem in the Brain

  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Blindness
  • Incoordination
  • Head tilt
  • Leaning/rolling to one side
  • Walking in circles
  • Seems lost
  • Poor coordination and bumping into walls

Signs of A Neurological Problem in the Spinal Cord of the Neck

  • Head held low
  • Wobbly walking with all four limbs
  • Scuffing all four limbs
  • Inability to walk in all four limbs
  • Muscle spasms in the neck region
  • Screaming in pain

Symptoms of a Neurological Problem in the Spinal Cord of the Back/Lower Back

  • Weakness and wobbliness in the rear limbs
  • Scuffing of the rear toes
  • Inability to walk in the rear limbs
  • Dragging of the rear limbs
  • Limp tail
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Back pain

Symptoms that Could Indicate a Problem Affecting the Nerves or Muscles

  • Weakness in all four limbs
  • Inability to walk in all four limbs
  • Shaking of the limbs
  • Weak bark
  • Difficulty walking more than a few steps

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Many neurological conditions are urgent. Therefore, we make sure that we are always available by appointment for you and your pet when you need our help. We dedicate 365 days a year to providing exceptional care and continuous support for pet families throughout South Florida.

Learn about the many different conditions that our veterinary neurologists can treat.