In select cases, we can perform a CSF tap to allow further analysis (microscopic fluid analysis, infectious disease testing, etc.) of neurologic diseases. This procedure carries a risk of brain herniation and is most aptly performed based on the results of a brain MRI or CT scan; however, if transport to a neurologist is not feasible, in certain cases it may be warranted, provided the risks have been thoroughly discussed with the patient’s owner.

Requires general anesthesia.