Pain is a complex phenomenon that may help or confuse diagnosticians. Pain can be caused by a wide array of conditions, not all of them neurological. In order to determine if neurological treatment is indicated for your dog or cat, you need advanced diagnostics. The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC), located within the Animal Medical & Surgical Center outside Phoenix, Arizona has the expertise and advanced technology you need to get your pet the right help.
Understanding Pain as a Neurological Symptom
What makes pain a confounding diagnostic criterion for many general-practicing vets is the fact that it can be experienced remotely from the source. In other words, pressure on nerves in one part of the body can send pain signals to another. So, the source of your pet’s pain could be in the spinal column, for instance, but your dog or cat may show signs of pain in their legs or paws or have trouble controlling their tail.
For the board-certified neurologists at The ANIC, identifying where pain translates is no problem. Our doctors’ extensive understanding of canine and feline neuroanatomy allows us to locate the source of the pain based on where your pet is experiencing it.
Common Neurological Causes for Pain
Pain as a neurological symptom is often caused by pressure on cranial or spinal nerves. Often, pressure is the result of:
- Cranial or spinal injury in which inflammation or dislocated tissue (as in the case of a fracture) presses on nerves
- Slipped disc, which may itself be the result of degenerative disc disease
- Tumors, cysts or lesions
For pets with degenerative conditions that may have been silently progressing for months, everyday activities may be traumatic enough to alter neuroanatomy, resulting in acute onset of pain.
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Your Pet in Pain
The doctors at The ANIC can often tell where the pain-causing problem is in your dog’s or cat’s nervous system is during a neurological examination. However, we often need advanced imaging to identify what is putting pressure on the nerves.
Our Phoenix clinic is equipped with the technology for CT scan, MRI and lab work. If we find a neurological issue, we will help you understand all treatment options and their long-term effects for your and your pet so that you can make the best decision for your family.
In the event that we determine your pet’s pain is not caused by a neurological issue, we may refer you to another specialist or consult with your regular veterinarian to get your pet the care they need.
Because we know you never want to see your pet suffer, please contact The ANIC any time. A board-certified neurologist is available 24/7 and can determine if emergency services are necessary and/or instruct you on how to ease your pet’s pain in the meantime.
If you suspect a neurological condition is causing your pet’s pain, contact us for specialized diagnostics and treatment.
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