Internal Medicine Consults
What Is An Internal Medicine Consult
Internal Medicine is a field of study specific to an animal’s inner body systems. Just like human patients may be referred to a specialist for a specific issue or test, a veterinary specialist is sometimes needed to diagnose and treat certain conditions in your pet. Our specialist will non-invasively look at the function of various areas of your pet’s inside parts. This will give us a clearer picture of your pet’s health. We offer in-hospital ultrasounds, an external expert is called in to perform endoscopic procedures (evaluation of the stomach and upper small intestine) as necessary. Dr. Forrest Hayes is our external expert conducting these procedures. Health conditions that are examined through internal medicine include metabolic, gastrointestinal, liver, renal, and respiratory disorders. Once your pet’s condition has been diagnosed, treatment options and plans will be provided and discussed.
Reasons for an Internal Medicine Consult
Reasons your pet may need an internal medicine consult include:
- Bleeding or clotting disorders
- Chronic coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chronic diarrhea
- Liver disease or elevated liver tests
- Chronic vomiting
- Kidney failure
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chronic urinary infections or bladder problems
Veterinary internal medicine helps to give us the answers to many pet health questions. Some health issues can be noted from birth, begin later in life, or be caused by a toxic substance in the environment. Internal medicine helps us to understand the cause and find effective treatment.