Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosing & Treating Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine consists of diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of pets' internal systems.
Our vets are very experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases such as tumors, disorders of the nervous system and brain and lung disease.
Our vets at South Novato Animal Hospital utilize the variety of treatment methods and diagnostic tools that are at their disposal.
The Novato vets can manage patients with multiple disorder or diseases and are able to provide effective alternative treatments for pets that don't respond well to the standard proceedings.
Internal Medicine Conditions
Your vet will perform a complete physical exam if your cat or dog has symptoms of an internal medicine condition, in order to diagnose the issue. Once the problem has been found your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan uniquely customized to meet you pet's needs.
Our veterinarians of animal internal medicine can diagnose and treat conditions in the areas listed below:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Dogs and cats are like humans and can suffer from heart disorders and diseases. Using the technology at our in-house vet lab, our vets are able to examine your pet for any signs of a heart condition and give you the results fast. When you get quick results it means we can start treatment sooner.
If your veterinarian isn't able to diagnose your pet's heart condition with our internal medicine exams we will forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Novato. Our team of vets will work closely with your specialist to make sure that your animal companion receives the best possible care.
- Reproductive Issues
The highly trained veterinary professionals at South Novato Animal Hospital in Novato knows about the personal commitment and financial investments that go into breeding companion animals properly. If your pet is having reproductive difficulties, our team of vets will work to diagnose the problem and provide the treatments needed to help resolve the issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system of your pet is responsible for finding abnormal cells or foreign invaders and starting the defensive actions needed to protect their health. Although, the immune system doesn't always work the way it's supposed to, in this situation your cat or dog will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Immune-mediated disorders that are common in dogs and cats include skin diseases, anemia, arthritis, allergies, hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system of your pet is responsible for delivering oxygen to their body and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since cats and dogs don't sweat the same way people do, their respiratory system plays a key part in regulating your pet's body temperature.
There are a hand full of common pulmonary disorders found in dogs, such as canine distemper virus, lung tumors, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pulmonary disorders common among cats can include parasitic worms, asthma, bronchitis, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue our vets see in Novato. GI conditions affect the intestines and stomach of your pet, this can interfere with their ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets that suffer from GI problems often struggle with symptoms such as weight loss, blood in stool, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, gas, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer can impact even the healthiest animals and humans. When a pet is diagnosed with cancer in it's earliest stages they can often be treated with a combination of therapies, surgeries, and other methods.
A few of the most common cancers found in dogs are bone cancers, mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and melanoma. In cats our vets often see skin cancer, lymphoma, mammary cancer and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
If your cat or dog needs cancer care or a diagnosis beyond what our skilled veterinarians can do, our team will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist around the Novato area.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Cat and dog internal medicine also covers urology conditions including feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats and urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs.
The urinary tract of your pet consists of the bladder, their kidneys, the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body, and the tubes that carry urine to the bladder. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Thanks to the hard work of a number of glands essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body. These hormones and glands make up your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it's supposed to they can develop symptoms such as poor coat conditions and skin problems.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine that covers conditions of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular dysfunction. IVDD, seizures, and tumors are among the most common neurological disorders in both cats and dogs.
If your pet needs a diagnoses or care for a neurologic condition that is beyond the capabilities of our skilled veterinarians, the team will be happy to refer you to a veterinary neurologist or animal internal medicine specialist around the Novato area. Our experienced veterinarians will work with your specialist to make sure your cat or dog gets the highest-quality of treatment possible.
If your pet requires an expertise or a procedure that we don't offer at South Novato Animal Hospital , we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near you.
Our animal hospital is connected to a wide network of exceptional veterinary specialists throughout the Novato area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our approach to dog and cat internal medicine with advanced imaging, testing and other diagnostic measures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is stocked with the technology we require to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition fast and accurately, so we can start treatment sooner.