Your pet’s nervous system is a complex network of nerves and pathways throughout their bodies. The nervous system is an integral organ that coordinates actions and sensory information. It is a complex system of nerves and other organs like the brain, cerebellum, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Illnesses affecting the nervous system are hard to spot without expert knowledge and training.
At WAVES, we have neurology specialists who can effectively diagnose neurological conditions. At the hospital, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic aids like CT scans and MRIs to help our specialists understand the complex workings of the nervous system.
What are examples of neurological diseases in pets?
Some examples of neurological diseases include epilepsy, congenital deafness, viral infections such as rabies, feline leukemia, fungal infections, tick-borne infections like rocky mountain spotted fever, brain dysfunctions, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.
What are some signs of neurological diseases in pets?
Some signs of neurological diseases can be similar to other diseases. A neurological specialist might be able to correlate the signs to a disease through diagnostic tests and examination.
Some signs can include:
- Behaviour changes
- Complete or partial paralysis
- Neck or back pain
- Weakness in the body or a particular area
- Incoordination or imbalance
- Abnormalities such as straddling or shuffling of rear limbs
- Excessive crouching
- Loss of sensory function like sight or hearing