Neurological Signs and Symptoms in Pets

Dogs and cats have a lot of anatomical similarities with humans. Consequently, they can experience many of the same types of neurological disorders as humans. However, unlike humans, pets cannot express concerns about their health in words, so pet owners much watch for signs and symptoms of neurological problems.

If you notice your dog or cat showing signs of neurological dysfunction, bring them to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC), located northeast of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Understanding Neurological Signs and Symptoms

In medical speak, “signs” are presentations of illness, disease or injury that you can observe with your five senses, such as:

  • Visible bruising or swelling
  • A “funny” smell in your pet’s ears
  • Heat localized to an inflamed area or generalized increase in body temperature (i.e. fever)

Symptoms, on the other hand, are presentations of illness, disease or injury that are experienced subjectively, like pain, weakness and vision loss. However, keen pet owners can often observe signs of subjective symptoms in pets, like shaking legs, tremoring, vocalizations, etc.

Common Signs of Neurological Disorder

Most neurological disorders experienced by dogs and cats are indicated by observable signs, such as:

These signs may present with other symptoms, like weakness, pain, loss of appetite, which pet owners may recognize through a change in their pet’s eating behaviors, vocalizations or decrease in activity.

Some neurological signs and symptoms are constant. In such cases, our doctors will observe them during a neurological examination. Some signs, though, may be intermittent or subtle. Capturing these on video to show a neurologist during the exam can aid the diagnostic process.

Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment for Your Pet Near Rio Rancho

Many of the signs of neurological dysfunction may also be signs of other medical conditions, like an endocrine disruption or systemic infection. To rule out other medical causes and/or to identify the underlying neurological cause of your pet’s signs and symptoms, they may need more advanced diagnostics than your primary care veterinarian can provide.

The ANIC is equipped with the technology required for advanced diagnostic imaging—e.g., MRI and CT scan. Our doctors also have the specialized training to identify signs characteristic of neurological disorder (vs. another medical condition) and interpret advanced imaging tests.

The ANIC also has the capability to provide the most advanced neurological treatment for your pet.

Contact us to schedule a neurological examination or to consult with a trained medical professional to determine if your pet needs emergency service.

If your pet presents any signs or symptoms of neurological dysfunction, contact us for emergency service or to schedule an appointment.

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