BrightCare Veterinary Animal Neurology and Imaging is the first state-of-the-art facility and the only veterinary hospital in Southern California to offers stereotactic brain biopsy (neuro-navigation) to animals. Stereotactic brain biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure to get brain biopsies. This also aids in more accurate and optimal brain surgeries. This optimal brain procedure is more commonly used to remove a tumor in people. Our BrightCare Animal Neurology and Imaging veterinary neurological center will offer stereotactic brain biopsy procedures on pets for the first time in Southern California, providing more accessibility to patients across Long Beach, Corona, Irvine, and other areas. 

What is a Veterinary Neurological Center?

A Veterinary Neurological Center is a pet hospital that has highly advanced medical equipment and veterinarians who specialize in animal neurology as neurosurgery, these veterinarians are also known as veterinary neurologist. These facilities offer animal neurologist resources to treat and diagnose if our furry friends suffer from seizures, brain and spine disorders, muscles, unusual behavior, balance issues, abnormal gait, and other issues. A board-certified veterinary neurologist that can treat an array of neurology disorders.     

Veterinary Neurological Center Services & Medical Equipment

Our specialty hospital at Bright Care Animal Neurology & Imaging is dedicated to the research, diagnosis, treatment, and management of small animal neurology. The veterinary neurologist, doctors, and staff work almost exclusively on neurological conditions that can’t be treated at typical veterinary practices. The facilities at our veterinary neurological center include the necessary equipment and tools for advanced diagnostics and neurosurgery. Services and testing that we offer include:

  • Advanced Imaging
  • Medical Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Diagnostics
  • Stereotactic Neuronavigation
  • MRI
  • Myelograms
  • Biopsies
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Spinal Taps
  • Neurosurgery

Our Veterinary Neurological Center is equipped to give the best possible care to your furriest family member. Our center also has the best trained medical staff in all of Southern California.

Neurological Conditions

Like humans, animals are susceptible to neurological disorders and diseases as they grow older, whether they developed from external or hereditary causes. At our veterinary neurological center, our experts are working to recognize the early signs of these illnesses and how to care for them. Below are a few common neurological disorders that can be treated with early intervention.

  • Epilepsy: This disorder is characterized by seizures, loss of consciousness, and convulsions from issues with the central nervous system.
  • Brain and spinal tumors: Abnormal growth of cells in the brain or spinal cord.
  • Meningitis: Inflammation of the protective membranes on the brain and spinal cord from a bacterial or viral infection
  • Congenital disorders: Birth defects affecting the brain, skull, or nervous system
  • Disk herniation: Slipped or ruptured disc
  • Degenerative myelopathy: Progressive, spinal cord disorder that weakens and limits movements in the hind end
  • Spinal trauma: Damage inflicted to the vertebrae, ligaments, disk, or spinal cord
  • Vestibular disease: Abnormality in the system used to maintain balance and coordination in the head and body
  • Metabolic brain disorder: Biochemical disturbances that affect how the brain function

When to Visit a Veterinary Neurological Center

It’s important to recognize the signs of a neurological problem early on, so the issue can be identified and treated before it damages the fragile nervous system. Unfortunately, there is little to no information about veterinary neurology widely available and shared with pet parents. Visit a Veterinary Neurological Center if your dog or cat begins to experience any of the symptoms listed below:

  • Your pet struggles to keep its head up
  • Your pet is gets fatigued or tired easily
  • Your pet struggles to swallow food or water
  • Your pet is showing signs of weakness
  • Your pet keeps falling or circling
  • Your pet has a difficult time walking and standing
  • Your pet has a difficult time maintaining its ballance
  • Your pet may be going blind
  • Your pet exhibits odd behavior
  • Your pet acts confused
  • Your pet has spinal pain
  • Your dogs bark has changed
  • Your cats meow has changed

Our pets are more than just a pet, they are members of our family. So when your dog or cat begins to experience abnormal neurological signs, you want them to receive the best care possible. With the correct diagnosis, treatment, support, and counseling, your pets can overcome their illness and live healthy, fruitful lives. You will find that at our BrightCare Veterinary Neurological Center in Mission Viejo. Our veterinary neurologist and equipment are available 7 days a week to treat your pet in case of an emergency, no matter if you are as far west as Long Beach, as inland as Corona and as far south as Irvine. 

Dr. Ali Gorgi

Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist

Dr. Ali Gorgi is a considered the best board certified veterinary neurologist in Southern California. With over ten years neurological experience, Dr. Gorgi has devoted his life in finding the best medical treatments for our furry family members. As an expert veterinary neurologist, he has been involved in several research projects. He has also published neurology journals and wrote a very comprehensive chapter on Status Epilepticus (Seizures).

Aside from his neurological work and studies, Dr. Ali Gorgi enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and their Golden Retriever.