Neurology

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Questions or patient refills may be directed to the Neurology Department at Neurology@piepermemorial.com. For patient refills please write your pet’s name, medication, strength and frequency and best contact number. A member of the Neurology Service will respond within 24 hours. Please note e-mails sent over the weekend may not be returned until Monday. For emergent issues or questions, please call the hospital at (860) 347-8387.

Neurology is the study of the nervous system and the diseases associated with this system, which includes the brain, the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders such as epilepsy, encephalitis, and tumors of the brain or spinal cord all fall under the neurologist’s area of expertise. Indications of neurological problems may include increased sensitivity in the neck or back, sudden behavior changes, or the onset of balance issues, weakness and/or lameness of limbs.

A crucial component of the diagnosis and therapeutic planning for neurologic disease involves imaging of the nervous system. At Pieper Memorial, our board-certified neurologist, Dr. Hammond, will be able to offer advanced diagnostics such as magnetic resonance imaging with our own, in-house high field MRI unit. Other diagnostic aids include in-house CT, digital radiography and myelography, cerebrospinal (CSF) analysis and nerve and muscle biopsy. These diagnostic resources are used in conjunction with a thorough neurological examination to diagnose conditions of the nervous system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Neurological Diseases

  • Seizure Disorders
  • Disc Herniation (causing damage to the spinal cord)
  • Spinal Cord Disease (causing weakness and paralysis)
  • Muscle Disorders
  • Brain Disorders (including malformations, trauma and tumors)
  • Vestibular Disturbances (loss of balance, inner ear infections, etc.),
  • Nerve Disease
  • Neck and Back Pain Lumbosacral Disorders (which can result in pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, and impaired tail movement)

    James Hammond, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Dr. Hammond is a board-certified veterinary neurologist trained extensively in both medical and surgical neurology.  Dr. Hammond received his veterinary training at Cornell University and graduated in 2005.  He then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.  He stayed on at Red Bank to complete an internship in Neurology and Neurosurgery and then a 3-year residency.  He received his board-certification in 2010 from the ACVIM.  Dr. Hammond’s areas of interest include intracranial and spinal surgery as well as diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory disorders of the CNS.

    Jennifer Perkins, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Dr. Perkins received her veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2011. After completing a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, she joined Pieper Memorial, where she completed a specialty internship in Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2013, followed by a 3-year residency. She then received her board-certification in Neurology from the ACVIM. Dr. Perkins has a special interest in intervertebral disc surgery, as well as seizure management.