Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine describes the treatment of diseases, conditions and disorders which affect your pet's internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience to the table in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from brain disorders and lung disease to tumors, endocrine system disorders and issues with your pet's nervous system.
At Pet Doctor, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can manage patients suffering from multiple diseases and disorders as well as provide effective treatment alternatives to patients who don't respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition or disorder, our vets will conduct a comprehensive physical examination of them in order to assess and diagnose the issue while creating a detailed treatment plan which is customized to their unique 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 Tucson, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Pet Doctor in Tucson 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 the part of their body dedicated to detecting and fending off abnormal cells and foreign invaders in order to protect your pet's health. That being said, the immune system doesn't always work as intended, 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 important work of delivering oxygen throughout their body and eliminating waste gases like carbon monoxide. And, since dogs and cats don't sweat like people do, their respiratory systems also are critical to regulating their body's 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 Tucson 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)
Cancer is a disease which can affect even the fittest and healthiest people and pets. When it is diagnosed in its early stages, cancer can often be treated with a combination of therapies, surgeries and other treatment and rehabilitative 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 Tucson.
- 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 includes their bladder the tubes that carry urine into their bladder, their kidneys and the urethera which take urine out of your pet's body/ Disorders affecting your pet's urinary tract 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 Tucson. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
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 Tucson.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Tucson and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
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.
New Patients Welcome
Pet Doctor is accepting new patients! Our experienced veterinary team is passionate about the health of Tucson companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.