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Neurological diseases in dogs examined at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS: 1.184 cases (2006-2013)

Rafael Oliveira Chaves Diego Vilibaldo Beckmann Rosmarini Passos dos Santos Graciane Aiello Amanda Oliveira Andrades Raquel Baumhardt Laís Barbieri Silveira Alexandre Mazzanti About the authors

A retrospective study including dogs with neurological disease was conducted at the Service of Neurology (SN) of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM) from 2006 to 2013, with the objective to identify and characterize age, breed, sex and to neurological diseases, and classify them accordingly to the anatomical region and DINAMIT-V acronym. There were evaluated 1,277 neurological records of dogs and obtained the information for inclusion in the study in 1,184 of them being the diagnosis confirmed in 525 (44.4%) and presumptive in 659 dogs (55.6%). The most common breed was Dachshund (28.7%), followed by mixed breed. The most affected sites were the spinal cord between T3-L3 (40.9%) and thalamus-cortex (17.5%). Most dogs were diagnosed with degenerative disorders (49%), being intervertebral disk disease the most observed, followed by inflammatory/infectious diseases (16.6%). It can be concluded that the higher prevalence of neurological disorders in dogs involve the spinal cord and thalamus-cortex, with the most frequent being degenerative and the data obtained may assist future studies associated with frequency and distribution of the main neurological diseases in dogs.

Neurology; neurological diseases; neuroanatomical localization; dogs

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