The DCVR neurology service is headed by Dr. Dharshan Neravanda, a board certified veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon. His team is specially trained to aid in diagnosis and management of both congenital an acquired neurological disorders that affect dogs and cats. Conditions such as seizure disorders, acute or chronic gait or coordination issues, or pain resulting from disc herniation can all be very traumatic for pets and their owners. Our neurology team combines expertise with compassionate care to help you and your pet on the road to recovery.

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Neurology appointments are generally scheduled following recommendation from your primary care veterinarian or another DCVR department. New appointments are available on Monday through Friday, including a limited number of same-day referrals. Dr. Neravanda is available to the other veterinarians at DCVR for consultation seven days a week.

During your appointment, your pet will receive a full neurologic exam and a thorough review of the medical history. At that point, the neurologist will determine the location of the problem in the nervous system and the suspected causes. If further tests are needed, they will be recommended at that time. Radiography (x-rays), CT scan, MRI, and spinal taps can be performed in-house.  After your appointment, our Neurology team will continue to assist you with your pet’s treatment. We are available via phone and email, and will promptly respond to any questions or concerns that you may have.

Surgery is performed on-site in one of three operating rooms. Anesthesia is administered and closely monitored by the doctor and a veterinary technician. Post-operatively, your pet will most likely spend a few days in our hospital, receiving the very best care by our dedicated team of veterinary technicians. While your pet is hospitalized, daily updates will be provided to you by the attending veterinarian regarding his/her progress, and you are welcome to call at any time, day or night, for an update provided by a technician. Visiting hours for hospitalized patients are from 12pm-8pm, but we ask that you call ahead and let us know when you would like to come in so we can make sure it is an appropriate time with regard to your pet’s treatment schedule.  At your discharge appointment, we will thoroughly explain the recovery process and let you know what to expect as you care for your pet at home.

Common Neurologic Conditions

  • Atlanto-axial subluxation
  • Brain tumor
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Disc herniation (IVDD)
  • Discospondylitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Exercise intolerance and collapse
  • Head muscle atrophy
  • Muscle disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Neck pain + back pain
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Seizures
  • Tremors and involuntary movements
  • Vertebral fracture/luxation stabilization
  • Vestibular disease
  • Wobbler syndrome