Internal Medicine is the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving multiple organ systems. These include various cancers, endocrine (i.e. diabetes mellitus), respiratory, gastrointestinal, hematologic, urinary, immune-mediated, infectious disease, hepatic, neurological, and cardiac disease.
After evaluating the patient, the internist will make recommendations for the most appropriate diagnostic testing for the animal, in order to properly establish the condition(s) involved and to determine the possible treatment options. Some of the advanced diagnostic procedures that may be recommended include:
• Specialized blood testing
• Soft tissue
• Biopsy via ultrasound guidance
• Bronchoscopy (all sized dogs and cats)
• Rhinoscopy (all sized dogs and cats)
• Cystoscopy (all sized dogs except those less than 2 kg and female cats)
• Bone marrow evaluation
• CT scan
As a part of our diverse referral clinic, the Internal Medicine service has direct consultative access to veterinary specialists in various other disciplines – including oncology – ensuring the most complete approach to each patient’s medical and surgical needs.