Vestibular Disease in the Cat

Peripheral and Central Vestibular Disease Vestibular disease in the cat is divided into two main categories: peripheral and central.  Peripheral diseases constitute all disorders arising from everything outside of the central nervous system (brain, brainstem, spinal … [Read more...]

Artifical Disc Replacement for Dogs?

Noted neurologist, Dr. Filippo Adamo has pioneered a new method for treating Wobblers Syndrome in dogs. He has invented and patented an artificial disc that can be surgically implanted in patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Below is a detailed video … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Epilepsy

Epilepsy is defined as a brain disease in dogs that causes recurrent seizures with no underlying disease process as the cause.  Thus, seizures are a sign of epilepsy.  It is important to differentiate epilepsy from the other causes of seizures because the prognosis for … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: New Anticonvulsant Therapies are Available!

Several new anticonvulsant drugs have been introduced to treat seizure disease in dogs.  The effectiveness of these drugs has not been well documented for any of these drugs.  They are typically used in situations where the more common anticonvulsant drugs, phenobarbital or … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Treating Seizure Disorders with Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide

Treatment of seizure disease in dogs has changed over the past decade with the introduction of several new anticonvulsant drugs.  However, phenobarbital and potassium bromide continue to be the first-choice anticonvulsant drugs to treat seizure disease in dogs.  … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Controlling Seizures with Anti-Convulsant Therapies

Seizure disease in dogs is treated in various ways depending on the cause of the seizures and the animal’s response to treatment.  The first, most important goal of treating seizure disease in dogs is to determine what the underlying cause of the seizures is.  If there is a … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Causes of Seizure Disorders in Young Dogs (under 6 Months Old)

The most common types of disease in dogs that causes seizures in young dogs are congenital (developmental) disorders, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Infectious diseases, toxicity, and trauma.  Toxicities and trauma are straightforward causes of seizures in animals.  Many … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Causes of Seizure Disorders in Older Dogs

The most common types of disease in dogs, older than 5 years old, that cause seizures are cancer (neoplasia), metabolic diseases, acquired epilepsy, toxins and trauma.  Toxicities and trauma are straightforward causes of seizures in animals.  Many chemical intoxicants can … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Understanding Characteristics and Treatments of Seizures

Seizure brain disease in dogs can be due to various conditions and determining the cause of the seizure is important in understanding how to treat it.  There are common issues that owners with dogs treated for seizures should be aware of.  These issues are important concepts … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Phases of a Seizure

There are 4 basic phases to a seizure: the preictal phase, the aura, the ictus, and the postictal phase.  Although the phases of a seizure can vary greatly in presentation and duration, it serves to give an owner an expectation of what should be observed to characterize the … [Read more...]