Small Animal Internists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of internal systems in the dog and cat. Commonly treated diseases include those affecting the hormonal, blood, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary tract and immune systems.
While your family veterinarian is qualified to handle many aspects of your pet’s care, sometimes your pet may need a specialist’s expertise. Much like your family doctor may consult with or refer you to a specialist for certain conditions, your family veterinarian may do the same when your pet is facing an especially complicated medical problem.
Should your dog or cat need more advanced medical care, then your family veterinarian will refer your pet to our Internal Medicine Department for a full range of advanced diagnostics and medical treatments offered by our Internal Medicine Specialist and the Internal Medicine Department team.
- Bone marrow evaluation
- Blood pressure measurement
- Endoscopy (Flexible and rigid endoscopes)
- Joint fluid collection and analysis
- Collection and analysis of trans-tracheal wash fluid
- Placement of esophagostomy and PEG feeding tubes
- Blood transfusions
- Radiographs (X-Rays)
- Abdominal ultrasound
- CT Scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are available off-site and patient transportation can be arranged
What to Expect:
The Internal Medicine Service offers appointments Monday through Thursday. During your appointment, your pet’s medical history will be reviewed, previously performed laboratory and diagnostic imaging tests will be evaluated, and a complete physical examination will be peformed by the Internal Medicine Specialist. Further diagnostic and treatment recommendations will then be discussed.
Whenever possible, diagnostic procedures that can be performed under sedation (e.g. ultrasounds, joint taps) are performed on the same day as your pet’s initial appointment. However, procedures that require general anesthesia (e.g. endoscopy) will be scheduled for a later date at the time of your pet’s appointment with the Internal Medicine team.
We ask that your pet not eat after midnight the evening prior to your appointment (unless your pet is diabetic or young, in which case please feed them as per usual) because certain blood tests and ultrasounds require that your pet be fasted. Your pet should have free access to water and should continue to receive any previously prescribed medications, unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
Both you and your family veterinarian will receive a written case summary that includes any other diagnostic test or treatment recommendations.
We feel that it is important to work with you and your family veterinarian as a team in order to provide your pet the best possible care! This is especially important since, in many cases, your family veterinarian will still manage the majority of your pet’s ongoing medical care.
If your pet is hospitalized, they will be kept comfortable in a kennel or run with bedding, water and a litter box (for cats). Dogs will be walked outside every 4 to 6 hours. There is a veterinarian and technician in the hospital at all times.
While the Hospital does not have set visiting hours, you are welcome to visit your pet while they are hospitalized. If you wish to visit your pet, we ask that you please schedule a visit time with the Internal Medicine Service. The number and length of visits will be based on your pet’s condition. You will also receive a minimum of two updates daily regarding your pet while they are hospitalized.
We will call you with pending test results as they become available. Test results and recommendations will also be forwarded to your family veterinarian. Most pending test results become available within 3 to 5 business days. Please do not hesitate to contact the Internal Medicine Service for results, if you have not received a call within this time period.