What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?
Like people, animals can develop a variety of illnesses requiring the skilled expertise of a knowledgeable, board-certified internal medicine specialist. Our board-certified internist have extensive training, including specialized internships and residencies, and must pass rigorous examinations to achieve this certification. Internal Medicine specialists are trained to treat serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also especially prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are coping with multiple health problems that can be very difficult to manage.
Our internal medicine specialists have advanced training in the following disciplines:
Endocrinology (hormonal diseases)
Gastroenterology (diseases of the stomach, intestine, liver pancreas)
Hematology (study of the blood)
Immunology (diseases of the immune system)
Nephrology/Urology (diseases of the kidney and bladder)
Respiratory Diseases (diseases of the lung)
What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?
Following are some common diseases that Veterinary Internal Medicine specialists often treat:
Immune Related Disorders
When to Consult 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 from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a specialist to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist.
While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. VCA Family Animal Hospital's board-certified veterinary internist utilize technologically advanced diagnostic equipment and highly specialized treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have. Among others, our diagnostic tests and services include:
Comprehensive physical examinations Endoscopy with high-resolution video of the:
- Upper GI (Gastroduodenoscopy)
- Lower GI (Colonoscopy)
- Nose (Rhinoscopy)
- Lungs (Bronchoscopy)
- Bladder (Cystoscopy)
- Advanced abdominal ultrasound
- Noninvasive biopsy in aspiration
- Ultrasound-guided techniques
Other Internal Medicine procedures:
- Feeding tube placement
- Joint and spinal taps
- Bone marrow aspiratesBlood and plasma transfusion
- Chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer
- Endoscopic foreign body or bladder stone removalBlood and plasma transfusion
- Blood and plasma transfusion
- Blood type matching
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
In many cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is coping with multiple disease states or conditions. In other cases, your referral doctor will take over the majority of your pet's medical care. It depends on your pet's particular disease and health problem.