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Treatment of your animals brain tumor at the VMTH

The Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the VMTH currently has 5 fulltime neurologist/neurosurgeons who are diplomats of the American College of Internal Medicine (Diplomate ACVIM Neurology). There are additionally 3 adjunct professors and 4 residents in specialty training. This provides our clients with a wealth of experience and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of their pets brain tumors.
Appointments for animals with suspected brain tumors or other neurological problems are always available through the Neurology/Neurosurgery service. The service is also happy to provide consultations and second opinions if your animal has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Why bring your pet to the Neurology/Neurosurgery service?

Diagnosis:
Diagnosing an animals problem as accurately as possible ensures that the most appropriate treatment options can be discussed. It is important that your animal has a complete neurological examination by an experienced clinician so that the location of the problem can be determined and appropriate possible diagnoses discussed.

It is important to perform initial diagnostic tests such as blood work, chest radiographs and abdominal ultrasound on animals where a brain tumor is suspected. Approximately 25% of animals with primary brain tumors will have other cancers, often unrelated, and many older animals will have other significant diseases that will affect the decisions on how to proceed with additional diagnostics and treatment.

Advanced Imaging:
Advanced imaging, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an important part of the diagnostic process for most animals with disease affecting the brain. The other imaging technique used to image the brain is computed tomography (CT). In most cases MRI is the preferred technique since it provides much more information and detail compared to CT.
Both MRI and CT imaging are available at the VMTH and an animals images will be reviewed by both specialist radiologists and specialist neurologist/neurosurgeons with many years of experience interpreting brain imaging.