Small animal internal medicine looks at the interior of your pet’s body to diagnose, treat, and manage certain health conditions and diseases. Some aspects of internal medicine are included in your pet’s normal well care, just like when you go to the doctor. However, other internal medicine elements may be recommended if your pet becomes ill or is diagnosed with a health problem.
At Midway Animal Hospital, we use internal medicine to complement our full array of services for cats and dogs. We have state-of-the art new laboratory equipment that allows us to do many lab tests onsite. Rest assured that whatever your pet needs, we will make sure to get it done.
Typical reasons internal medicine is needed to be considered include:
- Changes in eating, decreased appetite
- Sudden or unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Trouble urinating or defecating
- Seizures, loss of consciousness, or collapse
- Lethargy or abrupt change in behavior
- Swollen joints
- Respiratory problems, like coughing and sneezing
Pre-existing chronic illness
When you see one of our vets for an internal medicine consultation, we will examine your pet and run tests to see if we can diagnose the problem. Conditions often discovered via internal medicine appointments include the following:
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Respiratory disease or infections (like Pneumonia or Kennel cough)
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Hyperthyroidism (cats)
- Hypothyroidism (dogs)
- Renal (kidney) disease
- Immune system disease
- Urinary system infections
- Canine influenza
If you have questions about internal medicine for your pet, call Midway Animal Hospital. We’ll be happy to get the answers you need and set up an appointment.