The Veterinary Specialist Services 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'sillness. We may also see your pet for treatment of some of the more complicated medical conditions that would benefit from specialist input.
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
- Liver diseases
- Unexplained fever, lethargy, weight loss
- Managing multiple medical conditions
If indicated in working up your pet's problem we have access to specialised imaging such as radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT (Carrara and Jindalee) and MRI scan (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 and 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.
We work closely with our allied specialists such as emergency and critical care, surgery, physiotherapy, cardiology, ophthalmology and behaviour to ensure all aspects of your pet's care is addressed.
As a referral practice we work in conjunction with your primary care veterinarian to optimise the care of your pet both during initial treatment and long-term if needed.