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Internal Medicine

The internists at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital serve as the diagnostic nucleus of the team. They focus on a range of chronic diseases affecting the endocrine, digestive, urinary and immune systems, as well as infectious diseases. In this role, internists often collaborate with a primary care veterinarian for the duration of a pet’s life.

In many instances, noticeable symptoms are indicators of diseases affecting organs or organ systems. If a pet exhibits any of the following, a primary care veterinarian should be contacted:*

  • Change in appetite or thirst
  • Change in urination habits
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Pale or yellow gums
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Chronic nasal discharge or nose bleed
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
If specialized testing is required, primary care vets are encouraged to consult with the internists at SCVSH. These board-certified specialists are educated and equipped to determine a patient’s condition before mapping out a treatment plan and follow-up care.

Diagnostic services include:

  • Radiography, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT, MRI and other imaging
  • Tracheal, urethral, colonic and ureteral stenting
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsies and fine needle aspirations
  • Balloon dilation for esophageal and colonic strictures
  • Partial or total parenteral nutrition (PPN or TPN)
  • Endotracheal wash or bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Due to this diverse knowledge base, internists frequently consult with other specialists at SCVSH to ensure the most comprehensive care for patients. They also are dedicated patient advocates who strive to educate families and communicate with primary care vets in order to determine the best course of action for individual patient care.

 

* If symptoms are extreme and/or prolonged, or are noticed outside normal office hours, call Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital at 949-833-9020. The Critical Care staff is available 24/7, 365 days a year for emergency situations.