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Depending on the disorder, neurologic diseases may be treated medically or surgically. The board-certified neurologists at Long Island Veterinary Specialists are some of the most highly skilled neurological experts in the nation, and are often consulted by other specialists and referral hospitals in the diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological conditions. At the forefront in pioneering research and treatment protocols with ongoing studies and clinical trials, the neurology specialists at LIVS are widely published and considered leaders in the field, and offer the following:


Neurologic Diagnostic Procedures

  • Brain auditory evoked response (BAER)
  • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
  • Radiography
  • Myelogram
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • CSF tap
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Intracranial and spinal surgery
  • Muscle and nerve biopsies

Spinal Disease Diagnosed and Treated

  • Caudal dervical spinal myelopathy (Wobbler Syndrome)
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Diskospondylitis
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Spinal Fracture/luxation
  • Neoplasia
  • Atlanto-axial luxation
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Subarachnoid Diverticulum (“cyst”)
  • Inflammatory/immune-mediated disease (e.g. GME, steroid responsive meningitis/arteritis)
  • Various malformations
  • Vascular events (e.g strokes)
  • Fibrocartilagenous emboli (FCE)
  • Infection
  • Trauma


Intracranial Diseases Diagnosed and Treated

  • Neoplasia
  • Malformations (Canine Chiari-like malformation, hydrocephalus, quadrigeminal cistern cyst, others)
  • Inflammatory/immune-mediated disease (e.g. GME, “white shaker,” etc)
  • Seizure management
  • Vascular event (e.g. stroke)
  • Infections
  • Vestibular disease
  • Trauma
  • Intoxication
  • Degenerative
  • Storage diseases
  • Narcolepsy/cataplexy
  • Central vision loss

Neuromuscular Diseases Diagnosed and Treated

  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Polyradiculoneuritis (e.g. coonhound paralysis)
  • Neoplasia
  • Paraneoplastic
  • Inflammatory/immune-mediated
  • Infectious
  • Degenerative
  • Intoxication
  • Metabolic


Other Neurologic Diseases Diagnosed and Treated

  • Movement Disorders
    • Head Bobbing in English and French Bulldogs, Doberman Pinchers, and other breeds
    • Scotty Cramps
    • Hypertonicity Syndrome in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Wheaten Terriers and other breeds

Other Movement Disorders
•    Hearing loss

Neurology highlights at LIVS:

  • Stereotactic brain biopsy system – a minimally invasive procedure to obtain samples of brain tissue for diagnostic purposes with the help of MRI, CT and 3D computer workstations
  • 3.0 Tesla MRI (one of only two private practices in the nation to house this equipment for the absolute best MR images possible)
  • Offers a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for dogs with suspected Chiari-like malformation that includes: a full brain and spine MRI, CT scan, BAER testing, and thermography
  • Pioneered the foramen magnum decompression with cranioplasty for dogs with Chiari-like malformation
  • Home of the Canine Chiari Institute

Referrals for neurology /neurosurgery services can be received directly by the Neurology department or by the emergency service after hours.
Chiari-like malformation patients should be sent directly to Drs. Loughin and Marino.

Neurology/Neurosurgery Team

Medical Neurology Staff:
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Neurosurgery Staff:

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