Internal Medicine for Dogs & Cats
With veterinary internal medicine, we can treat diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a range of challenging cases, from disorders of the heart and immune system to reproductive issues and tumors.
At Companion Pet Clinic of Arizona, our numerous diagnostic tools and treatment methods allow us to provide quick, accurate diagnoses.
We are able to manage patients with multiple disorders or diseases, and offer effective treatment alternatives for those who will not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
Is your pet showing symptoms of an internal condition? Your vet can perform a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and develop a detailed treatment plan geared to fit their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in these areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, cats and dogs can suffer from heart disease and related disorders. By leveraging the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vet internists can examine your pet for symptoms of heart conditions so you'll receive results quickly. Fast results mean we can start treating the condition sooner.
If your vet us unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we can refer you to a board-certified internal medicine vet near East Valley, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
At Companion Pet Clinic of Arizona, our team of veterinary professionals understands some of our clients invest significant personal and financial resources into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets can work to diagnose the problem and offer suitable treatment options to help resolve the issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The main function of a healthy immune system is to detect abnormal cells or foreign invaders and trigger defensive action to protect an animal's health. However, the immune system does not always function properly, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include arthritis, anemia, allergies, skin diseases, hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system plays a pivotal role in delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat as people do, your pet's respiratory system also helps regulate body temperature.
Many pulmonary disorders can occur in dogs, including canine distemper virus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung tumors and pneumonia.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include parasitic worms, bronchitis, bacterial infections, viruses and asthma.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Our veterinarians commonly see animal internal medicine issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. GI conditions impact your pet's intestines and stomach, disrupting an animal's ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets experiencing GI issues often experience symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, blood in stool, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss and gas.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Even the fittest humans and animals can be impacted by cancer. In many cases, dogs and cats with cancer can be diagnosed and treated when the disease is in its earliest stages. Treatment can include a combination of therapies, surgeries and other methods.
In dogs, some of the most common cancers include melanoma, mast cell tumors, bone cancer and lymphoma. In cats, some of the most common cancers include mammary cancer, skin cancer, lymphoma and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
If your pet needs diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Gold Canyon.
- 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 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 East Valley. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Referrals
Does your pet require a procedure or expertise that we do not offer at our animal hospital? Your veterinarian will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Gold Canyon.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine is backed by advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can be started sooner.