Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves diagnosing and treating the diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
At La Pine Animal Hospital our veterinarians have a variety of tools available for diagnosing and treating ailments along with immense knowledge and experience. Our vets can treat a wide range of cases from common disorders to more challenging situations involving all systems of your pet's body.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
At the first sign of an internal condition, your vet will perform a thorough physical exam and assess any symptoms that your pet may be experiencing. They will then provide a diagnosis as well as their recommended treatment plan for your pet's specific needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like people, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology in our in-house 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 La Pine and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at La Pine Animal Hospital in La Pine understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- 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, there are times when the immune system doesn't always work in the way it should. In these cases, your cat or dog 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 essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Since dogs and cats don't sweat in the same way humans do, your pet's respiratory system is a very important part of your pet's ability to regulate body temperature.
There are several 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 La Pine veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly 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)
One disease which can affect pets at all levels of health is Cancer. Awareness of developing symptoms, as well as testing and diagnosis promptly can help provide the best possible outcome with this illness. As with cancer in humans, 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 La Pine.
- 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.
Your pet's urinary tract consists of its kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body. 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 several glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, some 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 La Pine. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
The top priority for our vets is the health and wellness of your pet.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that our vets are unable to offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near La Pine.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support and highly recommend our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine utilizing advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is well equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.