Pets can experience many of the same brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular disorders that people do. Because diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease can be complex and challenging, primary care veterinarians often work with a specialist in neurology to provide the optimal care.
At Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty, we have a board-certified veterinary neurologist/neurosurgeon on our staff who is the only specialist with this dual certification and specific qualifications in the entire state—and one of only seven individuals worldwide who is double-boarded in these specialties. It’s an unparalleled depth of expertise, ensuring that your pet receives an exceptionally high level of care.
Rainier Ko, DVM, MS
Diplomate ACVS-SA, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
The neurological conditions we see
Some of the most common conditions for which this region’s primary care veterinarians and concerned pet parents turn to our neurology specialist include:
- Spinal disc disease
- Spinal cord and brain trauma
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Vestibular disorders (conditions affecting balance and eye movement)
- Metabolic abnormalities
Comprehensive diagnostic resources
Timely, accurate diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty has invested in a wide array of advanced diagnostic technology to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your pet’s neurologic symptoms, including:
- MRI (we are the only facility in southern Colorado to offer magnetic resonance imaging strictly for pets)
- Helical or spiral CT scan, in which the x-ray machine scans the body in a spiral path, allowing more images to be made in a shorter time than with older CT methods
- Spinal fluid analysis to detect conditions affecting the brain or spine; also called a spinal tap or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis
- Myelography, a specialized imaging exam that uses a contrast dye and X-rays or CT to identify problems in the spinal canal
- Electrophysiology for functional nerve and muscle testing
- Brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) test is used to evaluate a pet’s hearingby detecting the electrical activity of the brain in response to an auditory stimulus (usually clicks), which is recorded and displayed on a computer screen
- Muscle or nerve biopsy to diagnose diseases involving muscle and nerve tissue
Treatment tailored to your pet’s needs and your wishes
Once we've diagnosed your pet's condition, we'll discuss all the available treatment options—both medical and surgical—and come up with a plan that you’re comfortable with—clinically and financially. Treatment is always tailored to your pet’s unique situation and your family’s wishes.
We work closely with your primary care veterinarian
Throughout your pet’s diagnosis and treatment at Powers, we keep your primary care veterinarian fully informed. This is important because, in many cases, your primary care veterinarian will continue to manage most of your pet's ongoing medical care.