Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinary team brings extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases to the table for all of our patients, from lung disease to tumors and brain disorders.
At Oak Glen Animal Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We are able to manage patients with multiple diseases and disorders as well as provide alternative treatments for pets that don't respond well to the standard ones.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing signs or symptoms of an internal condition or health issue, our vets will conduct a complete physical examination of your pet in order to diagnose the issue and create a customized treatment plan to meet their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Just like people, cats and dogs can suffer from disorders or diseases affecting their hearts. With the technology offered in our in-house vet lab, our team is able to examine your pet for signs of heart conditions or diseases so you can have the results as quickly as possible. Fast and precise results mean your companion's treatment can begin 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 forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Yucaipa and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Oak Glen Animal Hospital in Yucaipa 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 responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet 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 Yucaipa veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly 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)
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 Yucaipa.
- 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)
Thanks to the hard work of a number of glands throughout your pet's body, their essential hormones are secreted and distributed. These hormones and glands are your cat or dog's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't functioning properly, symptoms can range from poor coat condition to more serious skin problems.
- 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 Yucaipa. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
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 Yucaipa.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Yucaipa and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to cat and dog internal medicine with the state-of-the-art imaging, testing and other diagnostic procedures available in our in-house 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.