Survey: What U.S. Veterinarians Know About Medical Marijuana
Most surveyed veterinarians think medical marijuana can help dogs, despite not being able to prescribe it. And a majority are not even willing to discuss it with clients.
Head Tilt in Dogs: A Clinical Approach
Head tilt in dogs is a clinical presentation that most veterinarians encounter frequently in practice, most often due to dysfunction of the vestibular system.
Lesion Location Organized by Neurologic Assessment & Findings
Helena Rylander, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
The Practitioner’s Guide to Neurologic Causes of Canine Anisocoria
Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), and Ellison Bentley, DVM, Diplomate ACVO University of Wisconsin–Madison Anisocoria is defined as pupil asymmetry, and may be seen with ocular or neurologic dysfunction (Figure 1).1 When anisocoria is caused by neurologic disease, unequal pupil size may result from malfunction of the sympathetic, parasympathetic, or visual systems. When …
Epileptic Emergencies: Status Epilepticus in Canine Patients
Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia Status epilepticus (SE) is characterized by epileptic seizures that continue for more than 5 minutes, or the occurrence of more than 1 seizure within a 5-minute period in which the human or animal does not return to “normal” in between seizures. Some seizures …
The Canine Seizure Patient: Four Important Questions
Epilepsy is a common canine disease—thought to affect up to 1 in 20 dogs—and potentially life threatening. A useful working understanding is essential for the small animal practitioner.
The Neurologic Examination In Companion Animals Part 2: Interpreting Abnormal Findings
Helena Rylander, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Once a neurologic examination has been completed in a patient, the practitioner can use the abnormalities, or lack thereof, to help localize the lesion to the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, or cauda equine, which provides critical information on the patient’s condition. A complete neurologic examination should be …
The Neurologic Examination in Companion Animals Part 1: Performing the Examination
Helena Rylander, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) A complete neurologic examination should be completed in any patient with a suspected neurologic condition. This 2-part series covers both the process of examination and interpretation of findings. Follow each step of the neurologic patient evaluation in Part 1 of this series. In any patient with a suspected neurologic …
Acute Spinal Cord Injuries
Adam Moeser, DVM, and Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Acute spinal cord injury is a major cause of neurologic dysfunction in dogs and somewhat less so in cats. ACUTE SPINAL CORD INJURIES: STEP BY STEP History: When a dog or cat presents with evidence of acute spinal cord injury, obtain a detailed history …