Bush Veterinary Neurology Service is proud to publish the Neurotransmitter, a newsletter written by our board-certified neurologists.

Below is the archive of previous issues.


StellaTetanus Disease


ChloeMyasthenia Gravis

Mya – Mysterious bump on head.

Henrietta – Case of sudden abnormal head movements.


Ziva – Presented to our Richmond location due to an acute onset of seizure activity.

Rabies – An overview of the Rabies virus.

Pseudolymphoma – A rare side effect of anti-epileptic drug therapy. 

Gizmo – Gizmo, a 3-year-old, M/N, 4.3 kg, Chihuahua-Jack Russell Terrier mix, was let outside on 2/16/21 and returned dragging his pelvic limbs.


MiloMilo is an 8-month-old neutered male Boxer.

ButtercupButtercup is a 1-year-old female, spayed domestic shorthair cat that is a part of Dr. Akin’s family.


Sassy Chupacabra – Sassy is an 11-year-old female domestic shorthair cat who has intermittent “fights” with her own back legs for years.

Barney – Barney is a 10.5-year-old Labrador with sudden onset of weakness and poor balance

Suki Hall – Suki is a one-year-old, female spayed Yorkshire Terrier who presented to BVNS Springfield after an inability to walk on her back legs.


Travis – Travis, a 3-year-old MN Dalmatian, presented to BVNS Richmond in April of 2017. A month before coming to us, he was seen by his primary care veterinarian as well as an internist for vomiting, lethargy, and inappetence.

Lufa– Lufa had a history of seizures, was treated with levetiracetam (25 mg/kg) and he had not had a seizure for approximately two years. Two days before presentation, he had missed a dose of levetiracetam, and had two seizures.


Head Trauma in Veterinary Medicine – Initial patient assessment and rapid initiation of appropriate treatment measures are critical to maximize the chance for a successful outcome.

Motley – A 4-year-old Golden Retriever referred by Hartwood Animal Hospital in February 2018 due to lethargy and decreased motion of his tail.

CSM – Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (CSM)


Duke – A 7-year-old, MC, Pitbull referred by Hartfield Animal Hospital for right head tilt that was a gradual onset and progressive over the last 6 weeks.

Lucy 2 – A 3-year-old, FS, Shih Tzu referred by Animal Emergency & Critical Care and Dr. Dove of Companion Animal Clinic.

Fergie – A 6-year-old female spayed King Charles Spaniel who was presented to our Springfield location for difficulty with stairs and high curbs, and neck pain.

2016 and Earlier

Gus – A 1-year, 10-month-old Standard Poodle referred by Union County Pet Hospital for a 24-hour history of difficulty walking in the back legs.

Herschel – A 10-year-old Poodle-Mix referred by Bridgemill Animal Hospital for a 24-hour history of progressive back pain and the inability to walk in the rear limbs.

Winston – A 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was referred by Seneca Hill Animal Hospital for collapse with a concern for a seizure like episode.

Riley – A 2-year-old male Cocker Spaniel referred by Apple Valley Animal Hospital for left side weakness and concern for spinal cord lesion.

Misty – A 12-year-old, Siamese referred by the Emergency Service of Regional Veterinary Referral Clinic in Springfield. Misty’s primary care veterinarian was Dr. Lynn Gulledge at Kingstowne Cat Clinic.

Lucy – A 3-year-old, FS, Shih Tzu referred by Animal Emergency & Critical Care and Dr. Dove of Companion Animal Clinic.

King – A 12-year-old mixed breed referred to BVNS for the inability to get up.

Cooper – A 9-year-old Airedale Terrier was referred to BVNS for the inability to walk and severe neck pain.

Dallas – A 3-year-old Beagle that presented to our Springfield location for back pain and the inability to walk in the rear limbs.

Squirrel – A 10-year-old, male, castrated cat that presented to BVNS for persistent, intermittent 15 second seizures.

Tiki – A 4-year-old spayed female Maltese referred to BVNS after one week of 30-60 second episodes of lethargy, shaking and keeping her head down.

Prinz – A 9-year-old German Shepherd mix referred to BVNS for an inability to walk in the hind legs and severe back pain of less than 24 hours duration.

Max – A 19-year-old, male castrated mixed breed that presented to BVNS for circling and a head tilt.

Hobbes – A 2-year-old Weimaraner who presented to our Springfield location in August 2010. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis (CSF) revealed severe neutrophilic pleocytosis and treatment with antibiotics and immunosuppressive doses of steroids were initiated.

Boudreaux – A 4-year-old male neutered Papillion that the owners brought to BVNS for recurrent back pain.

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