Our internal medicine specialists care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting multiple parts of the body. It’s one of the most varied animal health specialties, and requires the doctor to gain a wide framework of expertise.
An internist can diagnose many types of infectious diseases and immune system disorders, treating complicated diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, urinary system, hormone systems, blood, lungs, liver and pancreas.
When you can tell something’s wrong with your pet, but the underlying cause isn’t clear, your family veterinarian may refer you to one of our internists for further diagnostics. The internist will begin diagnosing and treating the patient, sharing test results and lab work with your family veterinarian and any other required specialists to create an appropriate treatment plan for your pet.
Common tests performed by internal medicine:
Helpful for a variety of conditions, as it allows us to look at the size, shape and appearance of many of the internal organs. If an issue is found, sometimes it can be sampled in a very non-invasive way to allow for a diagnosis
If something is found in an ultrasound, this imaging technique can be used to perform a biopsy on the affected area—without surgery.
This procedure uses a “scope,” a long tube with a camera, to explore the stomach/intestines and/or colon for visible problems and take biopsies to diagnose a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
This procedure uses a scope in the trachea and lungs.
This is a scope of the nose—often a CT is done prior to rhinoscopy to evaluate the structures that the scope cannot see, since the nasal passage is small.
This is a scope of a female dog's lower urogenital system (bladder, urethra, vagina).
Acupuncture points are chosen based on physical exam findings and specific desired changes in the central nervous system through the stimulation of the peripheral nerve system. It has been shown that stimulation of certain acupuncture points activates regions in the brainstem associated with pain-relieving pathways. Acupuncture has been shown to increase local blood circulation through vasodilation, relieve muscle spasms, and release local endorphins and cortisol to reduce inflammation.
Used to identify and locate problems in a very detailed 3-dimensional image, a CT scan can be taken of a variety of areas on the body, e.g. on the nose or the chest.
Your family veterinarian would likely perform basic laboratory work before referring you to us. Then Care Center has access to hundreds of possible follow-up tests on blood, urine, or other bodily samples for more information.
An all-day test where blood sugars are evaluated every 1-2 hours, this test helps us see how well a patient's diabetes is controlled and determine if the insulin dose needs to be adjusted.
If a patient is anemic or has a low white blood cell and/or platelet count, and is not responding to the typical medications, a bone marrow sample can help determine the underlying cause and sometimes identify certain infectious diseases.