Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Internal medicine focuses on treating diseases and disorders of an animal's internal systems,
Our veterinarians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating difficult cases ranging from brain and nervous system disorders to lung disease and tumors.
We have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at Surfside Animal Hospital.
We can manage patients with a variety of diseases or disorders and offer effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam to diagnose the problem and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like people, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. 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.
If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will be sure to contact our traveling cardiologist and make an appointment for your pet for a diagnosis or to perform procedures.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Surfside Animal Hospital in Oceanside understands the financial investment and personal commitment required to properly breed companion animals. If your animal is having reproductive problems, our veterinarians will work to diagnose the problem and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve it.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system of your pet is in charge of detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and initiating defensive action to protect the animal's health. However, the immune system does not always function properly, and your pet may be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases are all examples of immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system of your pet is responsible for delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats do not sweat like humans, your pet's respiratory system is also important in regulating body temperature.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors are all common pulmonary disorders in dogs.
Asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses are all common pulmonary disorders in cats.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
GI disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Oceanside veterinarians. GI disorders affect your pet's stomach and intestines, impairing the animal's ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
Symptoms of GI problems in pets include blood in the stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can affect even the most physically fit humans and animals. Cancers in dogs and cats, when detected early, can often be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer are among the most common cancers in dogs. Lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer are among the most common cancers in cats.
If your pet requires a cancer diagnosis or treatment that is beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist in the Oceanside area.
- 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 by veterinary internal medicine.
The urinary tract of your pet is made up of the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra, which transports urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of the body's urinary system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Several glands work hard to secrete essential hormones into your pet's body. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. Skin problems and poor coat conditions can occur when your pet's endocrine system is not functioning properly.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a subspecialty of veterinary internal medicine that deals with the brain and spinal cord disorders as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Seizures, IVDD, and tumors are some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats.
If your animal requires neurologic diagnoses or treatment that is beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will gladly refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Oceanside. Our veterinarians will collaborate closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Oceanside, including our traveling veterinary cardiologist.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with 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 begin sooner.
If needed, we can also call upon our traveling radiologist to perform further diagnostic procedures.