Neurology

DOCTORS:
Stacey Sullivan
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NEUROLOGY SERVICES:

Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
    • Hemilaminectomy
    • Ventral Slot
    • Disc Fenestrations
  • Dorsal Laminectomy
  • Distraction-Stabilization
  • Craniotomy
    • Lateral
    • Transfrontal
    • Suboccipital
  • Chiari-Malformation Repair
  • Muscle + Nerve Biopsy
Diagnostic Procedures
  • Spinal Radiography + Fluoroscopy
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Myelography
  • CSF Analysis
  • Electrodiagnostic Studies
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
  • Repetitive Stimulation
  • F-Waves
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Testing (Deafness Testing)
Make a Referral
Click here to download our convenient referral form and fax it back to us at (818) 507-9418.

  • Please include blood work results, radiographs, vaccine history, and relevant portions of the medical record.
  • Radiographs sent with the owner will be returned promptly.
  • Have owners call directly for the next available appointment.
  • If a case needs to be seen urgently, please call and speak with a member of our Surgery Team.
  • All animals over 5 months of age seen by the Neurology Service are required to be currently on their rabies vaccination.

Neurology + Neurosurgery

The nerve center of veterinary innovation for dogs, cats, and pets of all kinds.

Neurology is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and the junctions between nerves and muscles. Disorders of the nervous system can be very complex, with subtle signs, and frequently require specialized diagnostic procedures and advanced imaging to diagnose.

Veterinary neurologists use highly specialized equipment to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the nervous system of pets, including retrieving cerebrospinal fluid with a “spinal tap,” and electrical testing of nerves and the nerve-muscle junction. Advanced imaging studies (CT scans and MRIs) of the brain and spinal cords complete the arsenal.

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Introducing ASG’s nationally recognized Team Neuro.

Treatment may vary from medication for pets with seizure disorders to actual brain surgery. Our board-certified neurologist and board-certified surgeons, expertly trained in the latest advancements in neurosurgery, make up the ASG Neurology Department (‘Team Neuro’). They offer a full range of surgical procedures to help get your pet back on his or her feet. Whether repairing herniated discs, removing brain tumors or correcting congenital anomalies, it is truly amazing what modern surgery can accomplish, and what conditions are now treatable.

Internal medicine specialists receive specialized training in diseases that affect the entire body, but there are groups of internists that seek out even more highly focused training, including cardiologists, oncologists, and neurologists. There are only 184 board-certified neurologists in the country, and most of those teach in veterinary schools. We are fortunate to have our very own board-certified neurologist, Dr. Sullivan, on staff and under our roof. She works closely with our oncology, radiology, and surgery departments to offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for our patients.

Making sense of seizures in pets.

We know just how terrifying those 30-45 second seizures are. Time stops as you become helpless, and 30 seconds seems like 10 minutes. You’re not alone – everyone feels that way during the first few (or the first few dozen). Rest assured that we understand, and we’re here to help.

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While the most common cause of seizures is epilepsy, it’s not the only cause. Examination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and advanced imaging studies may be necessary to rule out other potential causes. The treatment of epilepsy, just like other conditions, depends on the individual. Some pets do not require medication, but many do. While traditional anticonvulsants work well in many pets, newer medications may be more appropriate. We work with you and your family veterinarian to determine the best course of therapy.

Helping paralyzed pets regain a quality of life worth living.

If you woke up and couldn’t feel or move your legs, “frightened” would be an understatement! As a pet parent, you’d feel the same way if your pet couldn’t walk, or feel his/her legs. Paralysis occurs for a variety of reasons – rest assured that we are here to help diagnose and treat your pet’s condition. Many paralyzed pets can be given the ability to walk again with the appropriate surgical intervention.

Managing the toughest cases requires the most experienced Doctors.

Neurology cases require the most experienced and steady of healing hands. Team Neuro has more than 100 combined years of practice. Whether it is encephalitis, epilepsy, a spinal disorder, head trauma, a brain tumor or neuromuscular disease, our neurology team will do everything in its power to see your little loved one through this delicate time.

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