Neurological Problems in Pets

Sick Dog

Following is a list of some of the neurological problems pets can face.

Wobbler’s Syndrome

Encephalitis (brain infection)

Stroke – Caused by bleeding into the brain

Brain Tumors and Abcesses

Muscular Dystrophy – Progressive degeneration of skeletal muscles

Degenerative Myelopathy – Progressive loss of coordination beginning in hind quarters, resulting eventually in paralysis

Necrotic Myelopathy

Epilepsy – Brain disorder with periodic seizures

Narcolepsy – Episodes of sudden deep sleep

Myasthenia Gravis – Deficiency of a neurotransmitter, acetycholine, causing muscle weakness and odd gait, made worse with exercise

Spondylosis – Bone spurs (osteophytes) that form around intervertebral discs with aging

Tick Paralysis – A toxin in some ticks’ saliva affecting motor nerves causing weakness and paralysis

Ivermectin Sensitivity

Syringomyelia – Formation of cyst in spinal cord, destroying center of cord causing pain, stiffness and weakness

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