Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians are able to bring extensive experience to the table in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous systems to lung disease, tumors and more.
At Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We are capable of managing patients with multiple diseases and disorders and can provide effective treatment alternatives for those patients who don't respond well to standard medical procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
Is your pet showing signs or symptoms of an internal medical condition? Your vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your pet in order to both diagnose their issues and create a detailed treatment plan that is tailored to their condition and needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Just like people, our dogs and cats may suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology housed in our vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly. Fast results mean starting treatment sooner.
If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks we will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Poway, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our veterinarians understand the personal commitment and financial investment that is required to properly breed animals.
If your pet is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose their issues and offer appropriate treatment options in order to help resolve their problems.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the incredibly important work of delivering oxygen to their body while eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since our cats and dogs don't sweat like people do, their respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating their body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Poway veterinarians. Gastrointestinal conditions can affect your pet's intestines or stomach, interfering with their ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets suffering from GI problems often experience symptoms such as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Poway.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
The urinary tract of your pet includes their kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to their bladder, their bladder itself and their urethra.
Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine covering conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Poway. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health and their quality of care is always our number one priority
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Poway.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to cat and dog internal medicine with the advanced tests, imaging devices and diagnostic tools in our in-house lab.
Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.