Internal Medicine

Our doctors are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for you and your pet. Some of the areas we regularly treat include: gastrointestinal disease, renal (kidney) disease, hepatic (liver) disease, immune-mediated diseases, endocrinopathies, infectious diseases, hematologic (blood) disease, respiratory disease, and urinary tract disease. Using endoscopy we can sometimes eliminate the need for invasive surgery in cases of gastric foreign bodies or obtaining tissue samples for biopsy submission.

The goal of our dedicated staff is to provide heartfelt care and support to make your experience at our facility as stress-free as possible and enrich the bond between you and your pet.

Questions About Internal Medicine

What is involved with an abdominal ultrasound? Will my pet need sedation?

Most animals do not require sedation or anesthesia for an ultrasound. All that is required is that your pet be able to lie relatively still on his/her side with minimal restraint. Their abdomen will be shaved and ultrasound gel will be used to allow the ultrasound waves to penetrate abdominal organs without interference. The gel is non-toxic and water-soluble so it will not stain or harm you or your pet, if ingested.

Why does my pet need an ultrasound when he/she has already had x-rays taken?

Ultrasound gives a real-time view, which enables us to visualize the internal architecture and vessels of organs as well as additional structures such as lymph nodes that cannot be seen on radiographs.

Will I receive the ultrasound results the same day as my consultation?

Yes. The doctor will review the results of the ultrasound upon completion.

Can I be present for my pet’s ultrasound?

It is in your pets best interest that you not be present during the ultrasound. Animals can pick up on their owner’s anxiety, making it difficult for them to remain still. It is also important for the internist to be able to concentrate while performing an ultrasound.

How should I prepare for my consultation?

To make the most of your consultation, you should bring: your pet, a completed referral form from your veterinarian which should include recent medical history, lab work, radiographs (x-rays), and a list of current medications. This information may be e-mailed or faxed to us prior to your scheduled appointment. Remember to obtain the radiographs from your regular veterinarian ahead of time.

Our Internal Medicine Expertise

  • Ultrasonography

  • Ultrasound-guided aspirates

  • Endoscopy

    • Gastroduodenoscopy

    • Colonoscopy

    • Gastric foreign body retrieval

    • Rhinoscopy/nasal fungal treatment

    • Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage

    • Cystoscopy

  • Digital radiography

  • Urethral hydropropulsion

  • Gastrostomy tube placement

  • Intravenous pyelogram

  • Tracheal wash

  • Joint taps

  • Bone marrow aspirate/biopsy