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Our Treatment Capabilities​

Specialized Equipment

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner​
  • Gives us the ability to evaluate with a great amount of detail the brain and spinal cord of animals with neurological disease.
Computerized Tomography (CT) & Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner
  • Allows us to evaluate bony structures of the skull and spine (CT) and the metabolic function of the brain (PET).
Highest Quality Neurological Instruments
  • High spe​ed air drills, a craniotome (tool for drilling holes into the skull), and fine neurosurgical instruments give us the ability to perform advanced neurosurgical procedures involving the brain and spinal cord.
Linear Accelerator

Commonly Treated Conditions

We can treat a wide array of neurological diseases and, in cases where we cannot cure, we can usually help manage the disease to give your pet the best quality of life possible. The following are some examples of neurological conditions we commonly treat:​
  • These episodes of disturbed brain function can cause twitching, shaking of the body, and loss of awareness.
Brain or Spinal Tumors
  • These are abnormal cells that form a mass in the brain or spinal cord.
Brain & Spinal Trauma
  • Injury to the brain or spinal cord generally occurs due to an accident. If you suspect your pet may have hit its head or have an injured back, you should have your pet evaluated, even if it isn't showing symptoms.
  • An acute inflammation of the brain, usually caused by infection.


Degenerative Myelopathy

Disk Disease
  • A loss of fluid or tears and cracks in spinal disks that causes back or neck pain, pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which can sometimes affect nerve function.
Wobbler Disease
  • When the cervical vertebrae are malformed or narrow, the spinal cord may become compressed or injured causing issues with movement and standing. This is more typical in large-breed dogs.
Peripheral Nerve Disease
Muscle Diseases 
Diseases of Cranial Nerves
Neuromuscular Junction Disease
  • This is​ a condition where the neuromuscular junction, or the synapse between specific neurons and the surface of muscle, does not function correctly. This can cause muscle tissue to incorrectly contract and relax.​
Neurological Exam at the VTH

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523​

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

(970) 297-5000
Consults & Referrals:
(970) 297-4543