Offering diagnostic medical services including:
- Ultrasound-guided needle biopsies and aspirates
- Endocrine evaluations
- Transtracheal and bronchoalveolar lavages for respiratory diagnostics
We also offer management, medications and nutritional advice for many acute and chronic medical conditions including:
- Upper and lower respiratory disease
- Vascular disease
- Hematologic illnesses
- Urologic and gastrointestinal diseases
- Liver and endocrine diseases
- Immune-mediated and infectious diseases
- Transurethral cystoscopic-guided collagen injections for the treatment of incontinence in female dogs
What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?
A board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in understanding how your pet's internal body systems function, and in diagnosing and treating the many serious diseases that can affect the health of those systems. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:
• Hematology (study of the blood)
• Infectious Diseases
• Respiratory Diseases
While your general practitioner can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.
*Within the discipline of veterinary internal medicine, there are also veterinarians who specialize further in Small Animal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, and Oncology.
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 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. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.
While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board certified veterinary internists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.
What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?
Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also 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 disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also have kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases. In other situations, a younger animal may develop a problem that used to be considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable.
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
Every time your pet is seen at VCA SouthPaws, a copy of the medical record will go to your regular veterinarian so that she/he can know what is happening, and so that we can work in partnership with your vet to facilitate follow up care.
Did You Know?
There are approximately 1400 board certified veterinary internal medicine specialists in the United States, and the number is growing.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What Do I Bring to my Referral Appointment?
Be sure to bring any 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.
Services Offered in Internal Medicine
- Multimodal analgesia
- Diagnosis and management of inappropriate urination/defecation
- Electrocardiography (ECG)
- Blood chemistry analyzer
- Coagulation analyzer
- Hematology analyzer
- In-house STAT laboratory
- Viral testing
- Autoimmune skin disease management
- Diagnosis and management of ear diseases
- Abdominal ultrasonography-abdominocentesis and cystocentesis
- Thoracic ultrasonography / thoracocentesis
- Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
- Digital radiography
- Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy
- Transfusion therapy
- Continuous ECG monitoring and telemetry
- Direct blood pressure monitoring
- Nasal and transtracheal oxygen therapy
- Aggressive analgesia
- Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
- Endo or trans-tracheal washing
- Esophageal stricture management, including ballooning
- Supplemental feeding tube placement & management
- Endoscopy foreign body removal (esophageal, airway, gastric)
- CT scan (brain, bullae, skull, spine)
- Partial and complete parenteral nutrition
- Dietary counseling
- Bone Marrow Aspirate
- Advanced anesthetic monitoring
- Tissue biopsies
- Genetic screening