Neurologic conditions do not discriminate: they can steal the quality of life from people and our pets. Many of the same brain, spinal cord, nerve, and muscle problems that affect humans also prey on our companions. The underlying causes can result in a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, concussions, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and brain tumors. Many of these conditions can be treated – some with drugs, others with surgery.
An animal's nervous system is responsible for sending, receiving, and processing nerve impulses throughout the body. All the organs and muscles inside your pet's body rely upon these nerve impulses to function, which is why some people liken the nervous system to a master control unit. Sense organs provide the nervous system with information about the environment by means of such senses as sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, pressure, and pain. Nerves are connected throughout the whole body to the brain. They carry the information throughout the body in the form of electrochemical signals called impulses. These impulses travel from the brain and spinal cord to the nerves located throughout the body. Veterinary neurologists at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals have trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.
The Cornell University Hospital for Animals’ board-certified veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons are experts in managing neurologic disorders. They have access to specialized equipment that includes an MRI and the most advanced CT scanner and work closely with specialists throughout the hospital to ensure comprehensive care, from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation and post-operative care. Our state-of-the art diagnostics and imaging options enhance our abilities to diagnose difficult and complex diseases.