Some neurological symptoms indicate an issue with your pet’s health that must be dealt with immediately. The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) offers 24/7 emergency services to get your dog or cat the diagnostic and treatment services they need ASAP.
All of our locations are open 24/7/365
What to Do in a Pet Emergency
When your pet needs emergency neurological testing or treatment, call The ANIC.
When you call, you will speak to a neurologist who can determine if an emergency visit is necessary or if your pet can safely wait for an appointment the next day. The doctor you speak to may also be able to provide instructions for at-home care to best keep your pet safe, stable and comfortable.
Emergency Services Available
The ANIC has the capability to provide our full range of services at any time—day or night. That means our emergency services include:
- Neurological examination
- Advanced imaging diagnostics
- Spinal tap
- Brain surgery
- Spine surgery
Our clinics are staffed 24 hours every day, including weekends and holidays, and a board-certified neurologist is always on-call. No matter what time your pet experiences a neurological emergency, you and your furry family member will receive the specialized care you need.
If your pet suddenly cannot move one or more parts of its body, you are understandably concerned. Full or partial paralysis is not a wait-and-see neurological symptom, so there is something you can (and should) do right away—bring your dog or cat to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) for emergency care.
What Paralysis May Look Like In Your Pet
Dogs and cats may experience full or partial paralysis. To pet owners, it may present as:
- Your pet dragging their hind legs but having full use of their front legs
- Complete inability to move
Some neurological conditions progress, leading up to paralysis. Symptoms that may precede paralysis include:
- Your pet stepping on, tripping over or dragging their own toes when they walk
- Difficulty moving (similar to arthritic soreness)
When you first notice any presentation of neurological symptoms, contact The ANIC to determine if your pet needs emergency care or can wait for a scheduled appointment.
What Paralysis May Indicate About Your Pet’s Health
Paralysis as a neurological symptom may indicate a number of possible conditions, including:
- Degenerative disease
- Infection (bacterial, fungal or viral)
It is possible that paralysis may stem from neuromuscular issues and/or neurotoxins (possibly from a tick bite) that affects motor control.
The Steps To Getting Your Pet Help
In order to get your pet the help they need to restore mobility, an accurate diagnosis must be made. For most animals, an MRI is required to see what anatomic abnormalities may be causing the paralysis. The cause of the paralysis determines how urgently treatment is needed.
Pet owners can rest assured that their pet will get the specialized care they need at any of our clinic locations. We strive to schedule all diagnostic and, if necessary, surgical procedures the same day or day after you contact us.
Cautions To Pet Owners With A Paralyzed Pet
There are other medical conditions that may look like paralysis. However, it is imperative that you do not attempt to diagnose your pet’s condition on your own. Whether your pet’s inability to move is neurological or not, they must be seen as soon as possible by a trained medical professional.
To facilitate the timely diagnosis and treatment of your pet, contact us so that we can mobilize our staff for your pet’s arrival. Please avoid feeding your dog or cat before taking them to The ANIC if possible. MRIs are often required but cannot be performed until the animal has fasted for 12 hours (except as needed on an emergency basis).
For many pets experiencing neurological symptoms, timely intervention is the difference between life and death. If your dog or cat is presenting with neurological symptoms, bring them to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC). Our neurologists have the training and experience required to accurately diagnose and treat your pet for the best outcomes.
Expediting Your Pet’s Neurological Emergency Care
Pet owners can facilitate emergency care by contacting The ANIC. When you call The ANIC, you will speak to trained medical staff who can help you determine if your pet needs to be seen immediately or can wait for a scheduled appointment (usually the next business day). In the event of emergency, contacting us allows us to mobilize our staff for your pet’s arrival.
If you are seeking emergency care during daytime hours, you may also call your regular veterinarian to send your pet’s medical records to our office. Having your pet’s recent medical history gives our doctors the most diagnostic information and helps us avoid repeating tests unnecessarily. Please know, however, that this is not a prerequisite for your pet to be seen by our specialists.
Coordinating Care For Non-Neurological Emergencies
There are a number of neurological symptoms that are not caused by a neurological disorder. In the event that our doctors determine your pet does not have a neurological condition, we may:
- Keep them in our care in order to stabilize them
- Continue working towards a medical diagnosis
- Refer your pet to another veterinary specialist in the area
- Consult with your regular veterinarian for follow-up care
Sometimes, pets may have more than one issue. If your pet has a neurological and other medical condition, we coordinate care with your regular veterinarian or another specialist to ensure your dog or cat receives the highest quality care possible.
Full Neurological Emergency Care Capabilities
Our clinics are able to provide our full range of services at any time of day. We strive to perform all necessary diagnostic procedures the same day you come in for emergency service. When required, we can also perform emergency brain or spine surgery.
The most important thing about neurological emergencies is getting your pet to The ANIC as quickly as possible. A neurologist is available 24/7. Contact us any time.