Neurology & Neurosurgery Coordination
at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center

Guiding You Through Neurological Care for Your Pets

While Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center does not directly offer neurology and neurosurgery services, we understand the importance of specialized neurological care for pets facing such issues. Our team is committed to supporting pet owners by coordinating care and facilitating referrals to trusted neurology specialists. We ensure your pet receives the best possible treatment for their neurological needs.

Understanding Neurological Problems in Pets

Neurological issues in pets can affect their brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles, leading to a range of symptoms. Common neurological disorders include:

  • Epilepsy: Characterized by recurrent seizures, which can be distressing to observe. It's one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs.
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Common in certain breeds like Dachshunds and Beagles, this condition affects the spinal discs leading to pain, nerve damage, and sometimes paralysis.
  • Vestibular Disease: Often mistaken for a stroke, this condition affects balance and can cause vertigo, dizziness, and uncoordinated movement.
  • Degenerative Myelopathy: A progressive disease of the spinal cord typically seen in older dogs, leading to paralysis of the hind limbs.

Signs to Watch For

Recognizing the signs of neurological problems early can make a significant difference in outcomes for your pet. Key symptoms to watch for include:

  • Sudden or recurring seizures
  • Trouble standing or walking
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Changes in behavior or mental state
  • Excessive licking of limbs
  • Paralysis

What to Do If You Suspect a Neurological Issue

  • Document Symptoms: Keep a record of what you observe, including the frequency and duration of any seizures or changes in movement, behavior, or abilities.
  • Contact Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center: Reach out to us immediately if you notice signs of neurological problems. We can provide initial assessments and guidance.
  • Referral for Specialized Care: Based on the initial assessment, we will coordinate a referral to a specialized neurologist who can conduct further diagnostic testing and treatment, ensuring a seamless transition of care.

Coordinated Care Approach

Our approach to coordinating neurological care includes:

  • Assisting with appointment scheduling with specialists.
  • Providing complete medical history and any test results to the neurology expert.
  • Following up to ensure continuity of care and that you understand all treatment recommendations and options.

Reach Out to Us for Immediate Assistance

For non-emergency but urgent health issues, don't hesitate to reach out to Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center. We are here to provide timely medical attention to ensure your pet’s health is never left to chance. Contact our hospital directly at 907-745-8437 for immediate assistance or to inquire about our urgent care hours.
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