We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver, kidneys and urinary tract, lungs, endocrine or hormonal issues (Diabetes Mellitus, thyroid conditions, etc.), blood abnormalities, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases, among others.
We also manage patients with complicated and uncommon conditions in which several different disease processes may be involved. Internists help coordinate the care of the patient, many times working with other specialties such as surgery, oncology, cardiology and neurology for comprehensive patient care. Internal medicine specialists often act as the ‘general contractor’ for the patient to bring together all the expertise available in the hospital to provide comprehensive and complete care.
Your primary veterinarian may recommend a consultation with an internist if your pet has a serious or complicated medical condition, or if the diagnosis of the problem is proving difficult. Internists have been trained to manage multiple medical problems in one pet and are familiar with many unusual and rare diseases of dogs and cats. Both of our animal internal medicine specialists are certified by the American College of Internal Medicine and have completed extensive training beyond veterinary school. We provide the highest quality of care, treatment, and support for veterinary patients with a variety of chronic and complicated illnesses.
We are also able to perform many advanced testing and treatment options that may not be available through your primary veterinarian. We work closely with you and your primary veterinarian for ongoing care and management of the condition once the initial diagnosis has been made.
Internal medicine specialists diagnose and treat:
• Gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver disease
• Endocrine Disorders
• Kidney and Bladder Disease
• Respiratory Disease
• Infectious Disease
• Hematologic (blood) and Autoimmune Disease
What to Expect:
During your consultation, one of our internists will review prior records, medications, and test results. We will thoroughly examine your pet and obtain a thorough history. We may recommend additional testing or therapies, many of which are often not available through your primary care veterinarian. These may include advanced laboratory testing, gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy, tracheobronchoscopy, urethroscopy and cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, feeding tube placement, biopsies, and supervision of imaging procedures such as radiographs, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The internist will summarize their findings and make a plan of action while taking into account your goals for your pet.