Today’s Technician:
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

William Bush, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Bush Veterinary Neurology Service Leesburg, Springfield, and Richmond, Virginia & Rockville, Maryland Seizures occur in up to 5% of dogs and can be life threatening. Dr. Bush identifies how to determine whether the patient is having a seizure, if there is an underlying cause requiring treatment, and when an …

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 …

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