Veterinary Internists Treat Complex Conditions In Pets
Does your pet need to see an internal medicine specialist? Sometimes, the answer is yes.
While your family veterinarian is qualified to manage many aspects of your pet’s care, sometimes a specialist’s expertise is needed when there’s a particularly complex medical issue. Just like people, pets can develop multiple or complicated health issues that can be difficult to manage, especially as they age. Should your pet need more advanced specialty care, your family veterinarian may refer you to our Internal Medicine service.
A board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist—an internist—is a veterinarian who’s completed additional training in how your pet’s internal body systems work, and in diagnosing and treating the most serious conditions affecting these systems.
Our veterinary internists work in collaboration with your veterinarian to diagnose the problem and recommend a treatment plan tailored to your pet’s individual situation.
The Conditions Our Internal Medicine Specialists See
Some of the most common conditions for which family veterinarians and concerned pet parents seek our internal medicine expertise include:
- Complicated diabetes, thyroid disorders and other endocrine diseases
- Infectious diseases including tick-borne and fungal diseases
- Hematological (blood) disease, such as anemia
- Inflammatory bowel disease, complex pancreatic disease and other gastrointestinal disorders
- Liver disease such as hepatitis
- Acute or chronic kidney disease
- Bronchitis, asthma, coughing and other breathing disorders
- Fever of unknown origin
- Unexplained weight loss
- Suspected cancer
We stay in touch with your family veterinarian
Even if you choose to have one of our internal medicine specialists provide advanced care for your pet, your family veterinarian will continue to manage most of your pet’s ongoing medical needs. That’s why we keep your family veterinarian informed about your pet’s condition and treatment during its stay at Guardian Veterinary Specialists.