Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine consists of diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of a cat or dog's internal system.
Our veterinarians are experienced and able to diagnose and provide treatments for challenging cases from lung disease and tumors to disorders of the nervous system and brain.
At Shoreland Animal Hospital, we have access to a vast range of diagnostic tools and treatment methods.
We are able to manage patients that have multiple disorders or diseases or disorders and can provide effective treatment alternatives for cats and dogs that don't respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
Is your pet suffering from symptoms of an internal condition? Your vet will implement a comprehensive physical exam of your cat or dog in order to diagnose the problem and develop a detailed treatment plan that's customized to your pet's individual needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, cats and dogs can suffer from heart disorders and diseases. 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.
We will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Toledo if your vet can't diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks. We will work with your specialist to make sure your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our veterinary team at Shoreland Animal Hospital in Toledo knows the financial investment and personal commitment that goes into properly breeding companion cats and dogs. 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)
The immune system of cats and dogs is responsible for finding foreign invaders or abnormal cells and starting defensive action to protect the animal's health. Although, the immune system doesn't always work as it's supposed to, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include allergies, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, skin diseases, and arthritis.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your animal's respiratory system has the important job of delivering oxygen to the body and getting rid of waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since cats and dogs don't sweat the same way humans do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a critical role in regulating body temperature.
Various pulmonary disorders are common in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include bacterial infections, bronchitis, parasitic worms, viruses, and asthma.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Our Toledo veterinarians often see pets with Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. GI conditions affect your animal's intestines and stomach, interfering with their ability to properly digest food 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)
Even the fittest animals and people can be impacted by cancer. 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.
A few of the cancers that are most common in dogs are bone cancer, cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and cell tumors. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
At Shoreland Animal Hospital in Toledo our veterinarians offer a wide range of oncology services for cats and dogs.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats are also covered under veterinary internal medicine.
Your animal companion's urinary tract includes 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 functioning the way it's supposed to, they can develop symptoms such as poor coat condition and skin problems.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine that encompasses conditions of the spinal cord and brain as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. A few of the more common neurological disorders in pets include seizures, tumors, and IVDD.
If your cat or dog requires a diagnosis or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the abilities of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Toledo. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Our highest priority is the health of your pet.
If your pet requires a procedure or expertise that our vets don't offer, we'll refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Toledo.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to cat and dog internal medicine is supported with advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house vet lab contains the technology we require to diagnose your cat or dog's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so we can start your pet's treatment plan sooner.