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Neurology

Neurology ImageNeurology is the study of the nervous system - which includes the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves -  and the diseases associated with it. A neurologist’s area of expertise would include this system as well as disorders such as epilepsy, encephalitis, and tumors of the brain or spinal cord.

With their specialized knowledge and medical expertise, our neurologists collaborate with your referring primary care veterinarian and utilize our state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging tools to give your pet the highest quality treatment possible.

Indications of neurologic problems:

  • Increased sensitivity in the neck or back
  • Sudden behavior changes
  • Balance issues
  • Weakness and/or lameness of limbs
  • Seizures
  • Circling
  • Inability to blink or close mouth

Diagnostics and treatment

A crucial component of the diagnosis and therapeutic planning for neurologic disease involves imaging of the nervous system. At Pieper Veterinary, our board-certified neurologists can offer advanced diagnostics such as magnetic resonance imaging with our own, in-house, high field MRI unit. Other diagnostic aids include in-house CT, digital radiography (X-rays), myelography, cerebrospinal (CSF) analysis, and nerve and muscle biopsy. These cutting-edge resources are used in conjunction with a thorough neurologic examination to diagnose conditions of the nervous system and ensure your pet is receiving the best care possible.

  • Daily MRI and CT scans (including on emergency basis)
  • Digital radiography and myelography
  • Collection and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid
  • Laboratory (in-house Antech)
  • Non-neuro CT/MR imaging
  • Spinal surgery (for disc disease, tumors, trauma, and congenital malformations)
  • Brain surgery (for tumor removal, biopsy, and correction of congenital malformations)
  • Advanced seizure therapy
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy

Diseases affecting the nervous system include:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Muscle disorders
  • Nerve disorders
  • Brain disorders
  • Vestibular disturbances
  • Neck and back pain
  • Lumbosacral disorders

Neurology FAQs

RVC Pet Epilepsy Tracker

Help us track and manage your pet’s seizures more accurately. The Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom has developed a seizure app that allows us to track your pet’s seizure frequency, medications, and to provide more consistent feedback about control. It is a great way to improve communication between you and the Neurology Department at Pieper Veterinary.

How To Get Started

Working with your primary care veterinarian

Your general practice veterinarian is an important part of your pet’s health and we work as an extension of their services when advanced or after-hours treatment is necessary. We will notify your veterinarian that your pet visited our neurology service, and provide them with treatment and follow-up information to continue your pet’s care once you leave our hospital.

Department Interns

Dr. Arielle Herberger

Dr. Arielle Herberger

Neurology Intern

What our clients say

“We took our dog Hunter in when his back legs started to fail and were seen by Dr. Olson the day after we called… our dog was treated with great kindness and gentleness. Dr. Olson answered every question we had, was extremely professional and friendly, and went out of his way to give us the best advice possible. I want to thank him, and the entire staff of Pieper Memorial, for everything they did for our family.”

D.C.

“Pieper is incredible at what they do…Staff from front desk to behind the scenes are super. You can't go wrong at Pieper. I bring my dog here for neurological care. Dr Perkins is fantastic.”

Kristin H.

“Really amazing staff from reception to the doctor I saw…Front desk staff is knowledgeable and courteous… They treat you like you and your pet really matter and are important. Dr. Hammond really took his time to talk with me about my dogs issues, clearly explained everything he wanted to do and why, answered all of my many questions… Honest, thorough, knowledgeable and caring.”

Laurie S.

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