Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves the treatment of diseases and disorders which affect animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians treat cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumours.
At Eagle Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we have diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can manage patients with multiple disorders and diseases and provide treatment alternatives for those pets who don't respond well to normal treatment procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will conduct a physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a treatment plan.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Just like people, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology provided by our in-house vet lab, our veterinary team is able to examine your pet for signs of heart conditions.
If your vet isn't able to diagnose or treat your cat or dog's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will direct you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in the Sechelt area.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Eagle Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Sechelt 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 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 tumours.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal disorders (sometimes known as GI Disorders), are a common internal medicinal issue seen by our Sechelt veterinary team. GI conditions affect your pet's intestines and stomach and interfere with your pet's ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets who are suffering from GI issues will often experience symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, blood in their stool, loss of appetite, weight loss and abdominal pain.
- Oncology (tumours 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 tumours, 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 Sechelt.
- 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 its 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 conditions.
- 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 tumours.
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our veterinarians, we will refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Sechelt. Our vets will work closely with your specialist.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to a veterinary internal medicine specialist near Sechelt.
We are connected with a network of veterinary specialists in Sechelt and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our approach to dog and cat internal medicine with 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 so that treatment can begin.