We have specialists in both Equine Internal Medicine and Neurology who can perform a neurological examination on your horse. This involves assessment of the cranial nerves (the nerves that supply the muscles of the face and throat and to the special sense organs such as the eyes and ears) as well as evaluating the neurological function of the limbs. Common causes of neurological disease in horses include cervical compressive myelopathy (or wobblers disease) and trauma. Less common causes of neurological abnormalities include toxicoses or viral diseases such as Herpesvirus, Murray Valley Encephalitis virus, Kunjin virus and Hendra virus (which has not yet occurred in Victoria).
Myelography (myelogram x-rays)
Myelography is an essential test to determine whether there is compression of the spinal cord within the vertebral column (spine or back bones). Myelography is performed with the horse under a general anaesthetic (ie completely unconscious) and is most often performed to confirm case of Wobblers disease.
Computed Tomography (CT or CT scan) can be invaluable when evaluating neurological disease in foals. We are also able to use the CT to image the skull of adult horses and a port of the neck. Although not as sensitive as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the CT can also be extremely useful in imaging the brain in both foals and adult horses.