Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves the treatment of diseases and disorders affecting animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases to the table. From tumors, heart disease and gastrointestinal issues, our vets are capable of handling multiple conditions at once with compassion and expertise.
At River Oak Veterinary Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition, our veterinarians will conduct a comprehensive physical assessment of your pet in order to diagnose the issue and create a details and customized treatment plan to meet your pet's 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. Our veterinary diagnostic tools allow our vets to examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly. Fast results mean starting treatment sooner.
If your vet isn't able to diagnose and treat your dog or cat's heart condition, they will be sure to refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in the Central Valley area. We will work with them to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at River Oak Veterinary Hospital know there are financial investments and personal commitments that go towards breeding your companion animal. If your pet is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will diagnose and treat them to help resolve the health issue as quickly as possible.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the incredibly important work of delivering oxygen to their body and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since cats, dogs and other animals often don't sweat like people do, their respiratory system serves double duty as a key way of regulating their body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tracheal collapsing syndrome, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Riverbank veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pets suffering from GI problems often experience symptoms such as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, medicine, and other therapies.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist in the Central Valley area.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
Your pet's urinary tract consists of their kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include a wide variety of problems.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary medicine which covers conditions affecting your pet's brain and spinal cord, as well as neuromuscular dysfunction they may be experiencing. Some of the most common neurological disorders your pet may experience include lameness, paralysis, inability to swallow or seizures.
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist in the area. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
If your pet requires a procedure, or level of qualification which isn't available at our veterinary hospital, we will be more than happy to refer you to a veterinary internal medicine specialist.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in the Central Valley area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our high quality of veterinary care when it comes to internal medicine with advanced tools, tests and technologies in our in-house laboratory.
Our veterinary lab is equipped to accurately and quickly diagnose your pet's internal medicine disorders, conditions and diseases so we can begin our course of treatment as soon as possible.