Specializing in Canine and Feline Neurology and Neurosurgery for over 30 years
Sometimes called a spinal "stroke", a spinal cord infarction occurs when one of the three major arteries that supply blood to the spinal cord is blocked. Therefore, the spinal cord is deprived of oxygen, resulting in injury and destruction of the nerve fibers. The resulting disability depends on where the spinal cord was injured and the extent of the blockage. Everything below the occlusion will be affected.