VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital

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

 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.

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