INTERNAL MEDICINE SERVICES

The Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) internal medicine team focuses on diagnosing and treating medical diseases in dogs and cats.

Your primary care veterinarian may refer you to an internal medicine specialist for a specialist opinion and/or advanced diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your pet's illness. We may also see your pet for treatment of some of the more complicated medical conditions that would benefit from specialist input.

What our specialist internal medicine team can help you with

Some of the problems that internal medicine veterinarians diagnose and manage include:

  • Breathing problems, including lung disease and nasal disease
  • Brain and other neurological problems including seizures, meningitis and weakness
  • Blood disorders including anaemia, immune mediated disease and bleeding problems
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Endocrine disease such as Diabetes, Thyroid Disease and Cushing's disease
  • Kidney and bladder problems including stone disease and chronic kidney disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer (Read more about Oncology)
  • Liver diseases
  • Unexplained fever, lethargy, weight loss
  • Managing multiple or complex medical conditions

If required to treat your pet's problem, we have access to specialised imaging technology such as radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and CT at our Carrara and Jindalee hospitals (and soon Underwood).

We also have advanced experience in minimally invasive procedures such as endoscopy. We can perform endoscopy procedures which help visualise the internal surface of organs. We can then take samples to aid in diagnosis of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract in gastrointestinal disease; the major airways for lung disease and the urethra and bladder in urinary tract disease.

Minimally invasive procedures typically means that you're pet can avoid open surgery. This means a faster and less painful recovery.

We work closely with our allied specialists such as emergency and critical care, surgery, physiotherapy, cardiology, and ophthalmology, to ensure all aspects of your pet's care is addressed.

As a referral practice we work in conjunction with your local family vet to optimise the care of your pet both during initial treatment and long-term if needed.

Our specialist internal medicine team and locations

To learn more about our specialist internal medicine team and the locations you'll find them, please visit the pages below:

Medicine brochures

Please feel free to open or download the brochures below detailing some of the problems VSS treat: