Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine is the treatment of disorders, conditions and diseases that affect animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumors.
At Hope Crossing Animal Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
Our team is able to manage patients who are experiencing multiple diseases and disorders as well as provide effective treatment alternatives to pets that aren't responding well to standard methods.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition, our vets will be able to conduct a comprehensive physical examination of their body and prescribe any required diagnostic tests in order to identify the health issue and craft a treatment plan customized to your companion's needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Just like in people, our dogs and cats may suffer from heart disease and disorders relatively commonly. With the technology housed in our in-house vet lab, our veterinarians are able to provide a diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions quickly.
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 forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Pittsboro, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Hope Crossing Animal Hospital in Pittsboro understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly. 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)
Your pet's immune system is what is responsible for detecting foreign invaders and abnormal cells and starting defensive actions to protect their health. In some instances, however, your pet's immune system doesn't work as it should. In cases like this, your dog or cat will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Pittsboro veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pets that are suffering from GI issues will often experience symptoms like blood in their still diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss and more.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and animals. 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.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Pittsboro.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine can also cover urological conditions such as urinary treact infections and diseases in dogs and cats (such as UTIs and FLUTD).
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 Pittsboro. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health is our highest priority. If your companion requires a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Pittsboro.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We are able to support the high quality of care we provide cats and dogs with the tests, tools and technologies found in our in-house diagnostic lab.
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.