Internal Medicine

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Veterinary Internal Medicine & Animal Hospital | Berkeley Dog & Cat

 

Internal Medicine

 

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions would benefit from the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to use a combination of diagnostic tests, knowledge of disease processes, and clinical experience in order to manage the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are especially prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems, and these skill in multiple disciplines often offers the most efficient way to effectively diagnose, treat, and manage the most critical and/or complex disorders.

An internal medicine specialist has advanced training to effectively diagnose and therapeutically manage a variety of ailments, some of which include:

  • Endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid disease, adrenal disease)
  • Gastroenterology (problems of stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder and pancreas)
  • Hematology (blood diseases)  and immune-system diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology/Urology (kidney and bladder diseases)
  • Respiratory Diseases (nasal/sinus problems, trachea and lung problems)
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology (cancer diagnosis and therapies)

 

Special Veterinary Services’ state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment enables our board-certified internal medicine specialists to perform the necessary testing and procedures on site. Some of the advanced procedures and services our hospital offers include:

  • Ultrasound evaluations (abdominal, thoracic and heart)
  • Ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsies
  • Video Endoscopy services: a minimally invasive approach to visualize, evaluate and obtain biopsies of the stomach, small intestines, colon, and respiratory tract (nose and lungs). Also utilized for non-surgical foreign body retrievals in the nose, esophagus and stomach, and to perform tracheal and lung washes.
  • Feeding tube placement
  • CT scans and CT guided aspirates and biopsies
  • High speed digital x-ray technology and contrast studies
  • In-house laboratory services (blood gas analysis, clotting profiles, full CBC/Chemistry panel evaluation, blood typing and cross-matching)
  • Critical patient care (oxygen support, cardiac monitoring, nutritional support)
  • Blood and plasma transfusions
  • Chemotherapy for certain cancers
  • Second opinion consultations

After every appointment, our specialists communicate with your family veterinarian, so our entire team works together to provide optimal care for your pet.

 

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