Dogs and cats can suffer from many of the same neurological disorders - brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular problems - that humans do. These conditions can be very debilitating to our companion animals, affecting their ability to perform everyday activities such as walking, standing and even eating. This presents challenges for pets and owners alike.

Diagnosing and treating a neurological disorder can be complex, which is why general practice veterinarians often turn to NorthStar VETS' Neurology Department. As specialists, we offer expert care to help each animal recover as fully as possible, and compassionate support and advice for each pet owner.

In addition, our team works closely with NorthStar VETS' rehabilitation and pain management specialists, giving pets every advantage for optimizing their quality of life - and that of their owner.

The Services We Provide

Our advanced, on-site diagnostic tools enable us to tailor therapy to each pet's unique medical needs. These include:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sampling and analysis
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Electrodiagnostics including electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and nerve conduction studies
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy
  • BAER testing to evaluate hearing
  • Complete neurologic exam to evaluate cranial and peripheral nerves

As specialists in neurology, we can provide a range of therapeutic options, including:

  • Anti-seizure and other medications
  • Brain surgery
  • Consultations with referring veterinarians regarding animals with difficult-to-control seizure disorders
  • Neuropathic/chronic pain therapy
  • Rehabilitation, including physical therapy
  • Spinal surgery for disc disease or fusions for instability or trauma
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (CDA)

Critically ill pets or those recovering from extensive surgery or diagnostics are carefully monitored by both the neurologist and critical care specialist in our state-of-the-art intensive care unit.

The Conditions We See

Common disorders that affect the nervous systems of cats and dogs include:

  • Brain tumors
  • Cervical instability (Wobbler syndrome)
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage related to diabetes)
  • Epilepsy
  • Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system)
  • Hepatic encephalopathy (worsening of brain function when the liver is unable to remove toxins from the blood)
  • Hyperthyroid-and-diabetes-associated neurological disorders
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Polyneuropathy (a disorder that affects multiple peripheral nerves)
  • Spinal tumors
  • Stroke
  • Vestibular dysfunction (balance problems)

For more information about NorthStar VETS' Neurology Department,
simply call us at 609.259.8300. And, to learn about how our neurology expertise help restore the health of a cat with a brain tumor, read this case study:

Jessica MeliciJessica Melici - Client Liaison

Pet owners: Contact Jessica Melici at 609-259-8300 x1201 or at to schedule your appointment and get all pre-consultation paperwork set up.

Veterinarians: Contact Jessica with questions about in-hospital cases, or to connect with a surgeon to discuss a pending case. You can also refer a case online.