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Cognitive Dysfunction: There Are Medications That Can Help Dogs & Cats Grow Old With Grace

As pets age, cognitive function begins to decline due to pathological changes in the brain. With diets, supplements and drugs clinical signs of cognitive dysfunction can be improved and further decline potentially delayed. How are these drugs and products assessed and what is the evidence for efficacy.Please note:If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive...

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Neurolocalization: Brain or Cranial Nerves

This session will focus on the history, physical, and neurological findings that allow the clinician to accurately localize a lesion in the CNS. We will briefly review the pertinent neuroanatomy so that key clinical features can be recognized and discussed to aid differentiation between different central and peripheral localizations. Where appropriate and possible video will be used to aid understanding.This course was originally presented as a session at AAHA Nashville 2017.

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The Neurological Exam

Read the proceeding >Please note:If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.The “basic” neurological exam is anything but basic. In some cases, it can be the tool that leads to your diagnosis. This informative session reviews the key components of the nervous system that should be evaluated during examination and...

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Anesthesia for the Neurologic Patient

Whether you are faced with anesthetizing a patient with the potential of increased intracranial pressure (ICP) or a patient with a spinal cord injury, there are special anesthetic considerations that should be made. There is not a standard black and white anesthetic protocol for patients with neurologic disease. Each patient should be thoroughly evaluated and an appropriate anesthetic protocol should be formulated. Anesthetic protocols are based on history, disease status, physical...

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Minimally Invasive Drainage of a Post-Laminectomy Subfascial Seroma with Cervical Spinal Cord Compression (Case Report)

AbstractA 14 mo old female neutered Doberman pinscher was evaluated for difficulty in rising, a wide based stance, pelvic limb gait abnormalities, and cervical pain of 2 mo duration. Neurologic examination revealed pelvic limb ataxia and cervical spinal hyperesthesia. Spinal reflexes and cranial nerve examination were normal. The pathology was localized to the C1-C5 or C6-T2 spinal cord segments. Computed tomography (CT) findings indicated bony proliferation of the caudal articular processes...

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Neuronavigation

When neurological problems are suspected in pets, the standard approach in trying to determine the problem has had several limitations. Pets are often euthanized before a definitive diagnosis is made and a course of action even considered. Now, image-guided neuronavigation systems offer new options because of less invasive and more accurate biopsies.  Download the PDF of Neuronavigation

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Feline Rehabilitation: A field poised for dramatic growth

In recent years, a young field of veterinary medicine known as rehabilitation has been generating buzz among veterinary professions and the pet-owning public. This specialty, which found its initial application treating horses and dogs, is now poised for tremendous growth meeting the needs of feline patients. Cats are the number-one household pet in the United States, with an estimated 95.6 million cats found in 45.4 million American households, according to the American Pet Products...

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MRI Findings of Suprasellar Germ Cell Tumors in Two Dogs (Case Reports)

AbstractA 4 yr old border collie presenting for mydriasis and decreased mentation and a 7 yr old Boston terrier presenting for obtundation, head tilt, and paraparesis were both evaluated using MRI. Findings in both included mass lesions of the thalamus and brainstem that were hypo- to isointense on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images with regions of hypointensity, and robust contrast enhancement and displacement of adjacent structures. Postmortem histopathology findings,...

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Clinical Findings Associated with Choroid Plexus Spinal Cord “Drop” Metastases (Case Reports)

AbstractA 5 yr old castrated male whippet presented with a unique presentation of ambulatory paraparesis and subsequent diagnosis of primary intracranial choroid plexus carcinoma, with metastases to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spinal cord segments. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed initially of the thoracolumbar vertebral column and was followed by MRI sequences of the brain for confirmation of the presence of a primary intracranial tumor. The dog was euthanized...

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Congenital Malformations Resembling VACTERL Association in a Golden Retriever (Case Reports)

AbstractA 2 mo old golden retriever presented with malformation of the left thoracic limb and a small circular indentation of the skin in the cranial thoracic spine. Radiographs showed a cleft between the second and fifth metacarpal bones of the left thoracic limb compatible with ectrodactyly and spina bifida affecting T4 and T5 vertebrae. Magnetic resonance imaging of the thoracic spine showed dorsal reposition of the spinal cord and a tract connecting from the dura mater to the skin. No...

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