Dogs and cats can experience many of the same brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems that humans do. These all fall into the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, which include care for a wide range of disorders – epilepsy, ruptured vertebral discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, brain tumors, and more. Although neurological disorders may cause great distress for pets and owners, many problems can be treated very successfully.

Diagnosis and treatment of a neurological disorder can be complex and challenging. General practice veterinarians often work with our board certified veterinary specialists in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular systems.

Our team has a wide array of advanced diagnostic modalities at their disposal to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your pet’s neurologic symptoms, including an MRI scan, CT scan, myelography, spinal fluid analysis, electrophysiology (functional nerve and muscle testing), and muscle and nerve biopsies. They also have the capability to perform hearing testing for your pet.

Neurology Services

The neurology service is available Monday – Thursday. We are not currently providing after hours, or on call services.

Some commonly diagnosed neurological disorders include:

  • Seizures
  • Vestibular Disease
  • Encephalitis
  • Strokes
  • Brain Tumors
  • Head Trauma
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Deafness
  • Paralysis
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy)
  • Atlantoaxial Instability
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Diskospondylitis
  • Syringohydromyelia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spinal Fractures

Izumi Toyoda, DVM, PhD, Practice limited to Neurology

Dr. Izumi Toyoda enjoys treating both medical and surgical neurology cases.  She has a special interest in emergent neurology cases, but please call before transferring these cases to ensure she can accommodate them and continue to provide excellent care.

Dr. Toyoda graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following the completion of her veterinary degree, she studied temporal lobe epilepsy and earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University. She then returned to UC Davis to complete a residency in small animal neurology/neurosurgery. While she is passionate about neurosurgery, Dr. Toyoda is trained in both medical and surgical neurology and has a special interest in infectious/immune-mediated inflammatory brain disease and tumors of the central nervous system. 

During her free time, Dr. Toyoda enjoys horseback riding, skiing, drawing, and spending time with her beloved bunny, horse, and husband.