Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Internal medicine in veterinary practice entails diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have years of experience diagnosing and treating difficult cases ranging from brain and nervous system disorders to lung disease and tumors.
At Oceanside Veterinary Hospital, we have access to a variety of diagnostic and treatment tools.
We are capable of managing patients with a variety of diseases or disorders and providing effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Vet Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet exhibits symptoms of an internal condition, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination to diagnose the problem and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to your pet's specific 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 veterinarian is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Oceanside and work collaboratively with your specialist to ensure your pet receives the best care possible.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital in Oceanside recognizes the financial investment and personal commitment required for proper companion animal breeding. If your animal is having reproductive problems, our veterinarians will work to diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment options.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system of your pet is in charge of identifying foreign invaders or abnormal cells and initiating defensive action to safeguard the animal's health. Having said that, the immune system does not always function properly, and your pet may be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases are all common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system is critical for oxygen delivery to the body and waste gas elimination, such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats do not sweat in the same way that humans do, the respiratory system of your pet is also critical in regulating body temperature.
Pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors are all common pulmonary disorders in dogs.
Asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses are all common pulmonary disorders in cats.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a frequent occurrence in our Oceanside veterinarians' practice of internal medicine. GI disorders affect your pet's stomach and intestines, impairing the animal's ability to digest and absorb nutrients properly.
Symptoms of gastrointestinal problems in pets include blood in the stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can strike the healthiest humans and animals alike. When cancers in dogs and cats are detected early, they can frequently be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer are among the most common cancers in dogs. Lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer are among the most common cancers in cats.
If your pet requires cancer treatment or diagnosis that is beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist in the Oceanside area.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Internal medicine in veterinary practice also includes conditions related to urology, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
The urinary tract of your pet is made up of the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra, which drains urine from the body. Disorders of the urinary tract can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body by a variety of glands. Your pet's endocrine system is comprised of these glands and hormones. When your pet's endocrine system is not functioning properly, skin problems and poor coat condition can occur.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a subspecialty of veterinary internal medicine that encompasses brain and spinal cord disorders, as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Seizures, IVDD, and tumors are some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats.
If your animal requires diagnosis or treatment for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will gladly refer you to a specialist in animal internal medicine or a veterinary neurologist in the Oceanside area. Our veterinarians will collaborate with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet requires a procedure or level of expertise that we do not provide, we will refer you to a qualified veterinary internal medicine specialist in the Oceanside area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to internal medicine in dogs and cats is backed up by advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary laboratory is equipped with the technology necessary to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition, allowing treatment to begin sooner.