The Internal Medicine Service has the expertise and specialized technology to diagnose and treat your pet while providing you with compassionate care and the best client service possible.

What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has completed an internship, 3 year residency program, passed board examination and met the credentials to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Pancreatology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology and Urology
  • Respiratory Disease

Specialists perform a variety of state-of-the-art minimally-invasive procedures, including gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy and bladder stone removal. Additional special procedures include radioactive iodine therapy, laser lithotripsy, ectopic ureter correction and feeding tube placement (see descriptions below).

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel that your pet needs a specialist with more intensive training to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated problem. Veterinary Specialists work in concert with primary care physicians to ensure the very best outcome for your pet.

What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?

Board-certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat some of the most complicated diseases and health problems that affect pets. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets are coping with multiple concurrent disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also be suffering from kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with cancer. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases.

Common diseases that frequently lead primary care veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Immune Related Disorders
  • Kidney Dysfunction

 

What Do I Bring to my Referral Appointment?

Be sure to bring any relevant medical records or information to your first appointment. Ask your veterinarian for copies of any relevant medical tests, imaging studies, x-rays, or laboratory panels.

Remember, you also can do your part to maximize your pet's recovery by keeping your pet's traveling medical records organized and by strictly adhering to the recommendations of your veterinary team for the scheduling of follow up appointments, etc. At every appointment, be sure to write down any important recommendations, or ask the veterinarian or a staff member to write them down for you.
 

Our Internal Medicine Team

Our Internal Medicine Services

Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar lavage BAL
Bronchoscopy
Colonoscopy
Cystoscopy
Diagnosis and Medical Management of Liver Shunts
Endo or Trans Tracheal Washing
Endoscopy Foreign Body Removal Esophageal Airway Gastric
Esophageal Stricture Management Including Ballooning
Esophagoscopy
Gastroduodenoscopy
Radioactive Iodine Therapy For Feline Hyperthyroidism
Rhinoscopy
Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass (SUB) Implant
Supplemental Feeding Tube Placement Management
Thoracocentesis
Tracheal Stent Placement
Urethral Stent Placement

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