Neurological Symptoms – Presentation and Diagnosis in Dogs and Cats

The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center’s Phoenix area clinic, located within the Animal Medical & Surgical Center, provides the specialized care pets need when suffering from neurological disorders. Characteristic symptoms of neurological issues can help you determine when you need to contact us for emergency or scheduled service.

Common Neurological Symptoms

Many symptoms of neurological issues are easy for pet owners to recognize, such as:presentation

  • Behavior changes
  • Continuous circling
  • Difficulties walking and/or abnormal gait
  • Dragging hind legs
  • Eyes darting
  • Head pressing
  • Limp tail
  • Loss of muscle mass and/or control
  • Seizures
  • Shaking legs
  • Trouble standing
  • Twitching
  • Vision loss

Neurological symptoms may present suddenly in both dogs and cats (often a sign of stroke), or they may be intermittent and/or worsen with time, suggesting a chronic condition.

Using Video for Diagnoses

If your pet’s neurological symptoms are constant, the doctors will observe them during a neurological examination. However, if symptoms are intermittent or seeing your pet’s normal behavior can help show a before/after contrast, capturing them on video can be very helpful in reaching an accurate diagnosis. (Referring veterinarians can upload video using our online referral form.)

Specialized Care for Your Pet Experiencing Neurological Symptoms

Watching your dog or cat experience neurological dysfunction is stressful. You do not need to add the stress of determining by yourself if your pet needs emergency care or can wait. Call The ANIC any time.

Our doctors are available 24/7 for consultations with pet owners and vets. By asking just a few questions, we can tell you if your dog or cat can safely wait for an appointment, which can typically be scheduled the next day, or if you need to head to our Phoenix clinic ASAP.

Once your pet is in our hands, you can rest assured that they will receive the best care possible because of our expertise and our compassion.

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

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