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South Asheville Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Veterinary neurologists diagnose and treat diseases of the nervous system, which includes a pet’s brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

Brown cat examined by veterinarian


Veterinary neurologists diagnose and treat diseases of the nervous system, which includes a pet’s brain, spinal cord, and nerves. A pet’s nervous system is their internal communication system, and neurologic disorders can cause deficits that significantly affect normal function and quality of life. Our board-certified veterinary neurologist leads a team of highly trained veterinary technicians. Together, they make it their mission to provide cutting-edge care to effectively manage every patient’s condition so they can live their best life possible. 

What conditions do veterinary neurologists manage?

Disease conditions the South Asheville Veterinary Emergency and Specialty neurology team commonly manage include:

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

  • Seizure disorders

  • Brain tumors

  • Meningitis

  • Degenerative myelopathy

  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy (i.e., Wobbler’s syndrome)

  • Neuromuscular disorders (e.g.,  Myasthenia gravis)

How are neurologic diseases diagnosed in pets?

An accurate diagnosis begins with a thorough neurologic exam, which tests a pet’s reflexes and neurologic function to determine which part of the nervous system is affected. 

Further diagnostics may include:

Computed tomography (CT)

A CT scan may be used to provide a detailed image of nervous system structures. 

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI is considered the gold standard for imaging the nervous system, and can help our team locate and evaluate nervous system lesions, tumors, and abnormalities.


During a myelogram, dye is injected into the spinal canal, and imaging is used to diagnose spinal cord compression caused by IVDD.

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis

Our veterinary neurologists can collect a CSF sample from the space around a pet’s spinal cord, and analyze the fluid for abnormal cells, pathogens, and parasites.

Electromyography (EMG)

An EMG is a non-invasive test used to evaluate the electrical activity of muscles. An EMG is often performed with nerve conduction testing to determine the origin of neuromuscular conditions.

Nerve conduction study

A nerve conduction study assesses a pet’s nerve function, and is often performed in conjunction with an EMG to diagnose neuromuscular disorders.

Nerve and muscle biopsy

A biopsy may be taken of a pet’s muscles and nerves to microscopically examine their structure for abnormalities.

Our neurology team regularly consults other SAVES specialists, including board-certified oncologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, and criticalists, during a patient’s workup and treatment. This collaboration ensures each pet receives the most comprehensive care available.