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About Internal Medicine

Because our pets are not always able to communicate sources of pain and discomfort, the intervention of a specialist in internal medicine is vital to diagnose many complex illnesses affecting small animals. The following are examples of canine and feline disorders (as provided by the ACVIM.org website):

Endocrinology: Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism), Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism), diabetes, insulinoma, canine hypothyroidism, and feline hyperthyroidism

Gastroenterology: Disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, pancreas, liver, and biliary tract

Hematology: Red blood cell, platelet, and white blood cell disorders Immunology: Immune-mediated and immunodeficiency diseases

Infectious Diseases: Bacterial, bartonella, fungal, mucoplasma, protozoal, rickettsial, and viral diseases

Nephrology/Urology: disorders of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra

Respiratory Disease: Disorders of the nasal cavity, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs

Diagnostic services include:

  • Clinical Pathology (laboratory)

  • Digital Radiology

  • Ultrasound

  • Electrocardiography

  • Flexible & Rigid Endoscopy

  • Laparoscopy (abdominal internal examination)

  • Echocardiography (heart imaging and doppler)

  • Blood Pressure Evaluation

What is Ultrasonography?

Diagnostic ultrasonography is a non-invasive and non-painful tool used for the early detection, diagnosis, and staging of many diseases in animals. Ultrasonography is the preferred imaging modality toevaluate soft tissue density structures and is especially useful to evaluate fluid accumulations of the chest or abdomen. Ultrasonography also provides a minimally invasive method to obtain biopsy samples needed for the diagnosis of many conditions.

Will my pet be sedated?

Rarely will a pet need to be sedated for this procedure.

Will my pet have his fur shaved?

We always shave the belly for an abdominal ultrasound, as we cannot see well through the fur. We sometimes shave for a cardiac or thoracic ultrasound.

Can he or she eat prior to this procedure?  We ask that food be withheld the day of an ultrasound procedure as gas and food in the intestinal tract can impair imaging.