Neurology Department at Lakeshore Animal Health Partners

Neurology is the study of the nervous system, including the spinal cord, brain, nerves and muscles. Veterinary Neurologists provide specialized care to patients with neurologic symptoms. This can include but is not limited to seizures, spinal pain, weakness, gait abnormalities, loss of balance, vision problems, or cognitive changes.

Our Neurology Service has the technology and specialty training to provide the highest level of care to our patients. Lakeshore Animal Health Partners has extensive diagnostic capabilities, including a 3T MRI, which allows us to obtain high quality images of the nervous system (i.e. brain and spinal cord), leading to more accurate and informed diagnoses. The Neurology Department at Lakeshore Animal Health Partners works alongside the other specialty departments in our hospital to ensure your pet is provided with the most comprehensive care.

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Services Offered

  • Consultation and primary case care of patients with neurological symptoms and diseases such as:
    • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
    • Paresis (weakness) or paralysis
    • Seizures or seizure-like episodes
    • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
    • Brain, spinal and other nervous system cancers
    • Auditory and balance-related disorders (vestibular disease)
    • Polyneuropathies
    • Myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular disorders
    • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
    • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging with our 3T MRI and 32-slice CT scanner
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection and analysis
  • Wireless EEG monitoring in hospital
  • Neurosurgical procedures
    • Decompressive surgery for disc herniation (e.g., hemilaminectomy, ventral slot)
    • Craniotomy
    • Atlantoaxial stabilization
    • Biopsies of nerves and muscles
    • Lumbosacral decompression and stabilization
    • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement
    • Fracture repair and stabilization

Common Reasons for Consultation

  • Paresis, paralysis and gait abnormalities
  • Spinal (neck or back) pain
  • Seizures and movement disorders
  • Epilepsy and ongoing seizure management
  • Lameness (limping) without detectable orthopedic cause
  • Loss of balance (vestibular disease)
  • Vision problems
  • Behaviour change
  • Cognitive impairment

Neurology Team

Dr. Andrea Finnen

Neurologist

DVM, DES, MSc, DACVIM

Dr. Steph Lovell

Neurologist and Neurosurgeon

DVM, DACVIM