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Neurology and Neurosurgery

Our Neurology & Neurosurgery Service provides care for patients with neurological disorders of the brain, inner ear, spinal cord and vertebrae, as well as diseases affecting muscles, nerves and the peripheral nervous system.

The Brainiac

A conversation with veterinary resident Laura Harvey

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Kyser

Life changed for Kyser in a heartbeat and it nearly broke his owner’s heart.

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The Neurology and Neurosurgery Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals provides care for patients with neurological disorders of the brain, inner ear, spinal cord and vertebrae, as well as diseases affecting muscles, nerves and the peripheral nervous system.

Overseen by senior board-certified faculty member working with a team of neurology residents, the service treats both medical and surgical conditions. Our state-of-the art diagnostics and imaging modalities enhance our abilities to diagnose difficult and complex diseases. Specialized equipment includes a newly upgraded CT scanner and a powerful diagnostic MRI in New England.

The Neurology and Neurosurgery Service works cooperatively with other specialty services within the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, including emergency medicine, critical care, radiology, anesthesia, cardiology, oncology, internal medicine, surgery and ophthalmology. This team approach allows each patient to benefit from the collective experience of the entire health-care team, not just the primary care doctor.

Advanced Techniques

Advanced Techniques

Diagnostic procedures
  • Cerebrospinal fluid collection and analysis
  • Hearing test (BAER)
  • Electro diagnostic studies: EMG, nerve conduction, F/H waves, repetitive stimulation
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • MR spectroscopy
Brain surgery
  • Brain tumor removal
  • Foramen magnum decompression
  • Head trauma
  • Measurements of intracranial pressure
  • Ventriculoperitoneal and cystoperitoneal shunt placing
  • Brain biopsies
Spinal surgery
  • Cervical and thoracolumbar hemilaminectomies
  • Ventral slot procedure
  • Cervical dorsal laminectomies for large breed dogs, dorsal laminectomies thoracolumbar and lumbosacral
  • Tumor and arachnoid diverticulum removal
  • Muscle and nerve biopsies
Areas of special interest
  • Management of status epileptics, cluster seizures and refractory epileptic patients
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Chronic spinal cord compression
  • Brain tumors
  • Diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory brain disorders
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Recent Articles

  • The Brainiac
    A conversation with veterinary resident Laura Harvey V12 ... read more
  • It’s a dog’s life: the growing challenge of pet obesity
    Deborah Linder “estimates that more than 50 percent of dogs in America are overweight or obese.” ... read more
  • Shayla’s miraculous story gives her a second lease on life
    They say big things come in small packages. Well, you can say the same for big diseases. Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis or GME is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which effects many small breed dogs and one which very few people know anything about. When Veronica was asked to ... read more
  • Common Household Dangers to Your Pets
    We have all been there, experienced the sinking feeling that accompanies the moment we realize our beloved family pet ingests a potentially dangerous toxin. Some common toxins include: chocolate, xylitol, (a sugar alternative), human medications, certain plants, rodenticides and antifreeze. You should always seek veterinary care if you suspect your ... read more
  • Second Opinion at Tufts Saves Shayla’s Life
    They say big things come in small packages. Well, you can say the same for big diseases. Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis or GME is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which effects many small breed dogs and one which very few people know anything about. When Veronica was asked to ... read more

Our doctors

  • Dominik Faissler

    Dominik Faissler
    Neurology and Neurosurgery

  • Dylan Fry

    Dylan Fry
    (Resident)
    Neurology

  • Elizabeth Parsley

    Elizabeth Parsley
    (Resident)

  • Laura Scoda

    Laura Scoda
    (Intern II)