Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine generally involves the treatment of diseases and disorders affecting your pet's internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases; disorders of the brain, nervous system, lung disease, tumors, and other rarer conditions all pose unique challenges which our vets are equipped to help you care for as a pet owner.
At Spinnaker Veterinary Clinic, we use a variety of diagnostic and treatment methods and tools at our disposal in our state-of-the-art facility.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
if your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will be able to conduct and comprehensive physical examination of your pet in order to diagnose the issue and craft a detailed treatment plan in order to customize them to 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. 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 vet isn't able to diagnose and treat your cat or dog's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will be sure to refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in the Somerset area. We will work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Spinnaker Veterinary Clinic in Somerset understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders and abnormal cells and defending against threats to your pet's health. That being said, the immune system of your pet may not always work how it should. In cases like this, 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 key work of delivering oxygen to your pet's body and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since cats and dogs don't sweat in the way that people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating your companion's body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, 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 Somerset 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, therapies, and other methods.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs can include mast cell tumors, lymphoma, bone cancer, and melanoma. In our feline friends, some of the most common cancers can 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 near Somerset.
- 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)
Critical hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to the work of a number of glands and hormones that compose your pet's endocrine system. When it isn't working in the way that it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine covering conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
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 near Somerset. 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 needs expertise that we don't offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist in the Somerset area.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Somerset and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the tools and technologies we need in order to diagnose your pet's internal medical conditions quickly and accurately so that treatment can start as soon as possible.