A Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner is a doctor who has received advanced training in pain management and is very skilled at interpreting the physical signs of pain, approaching your pet’s comfort with highest standard of care. Learn more on www.ivamp.org andwww.aapainmanage.org
Epilepsy simply refers to repeated seizures. Seizures may occur as a one time event in an animal from a variety of causes, but only if the seizures repeat again and again over a period of time do we call it epilepsy. Seizures are a sign of brain disease.
Sometimes medication can keep you dog seizure free. However, often we are often aiming to decrease the frequency and severity! Often times one anticonvulsant is adequate, although some animals need to be on 2 or more. Dr. Kube is very open to alternative therapies to aid in seizure control and will talk to you openly about alternatives.
In order to obtain diagnostic quality images, we need expensive equipment that requires regular maintenance to ensure it is safe. Also, unlike most MRI’s for humans, pets require general anesthesia to keep them still enough to obtain good images.
Once the problem area of the nervous system is determined, we will focus our MRI imaging on that area. We do this for a few reasons- most importantly to minimize time under anesthesia. Also, because our machine is owned by another company (AnimalScan), we are charged separately per scan (area of the body) for both the MRI and the interpretation. To do the entire brain and spinal cord would be 3 to 4 separate scans: brain, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine.