Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of 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 Greenbrier-Springfield Animal Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal and can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders.
We can also provide 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 vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their 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 forward you to a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Springfield and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells and begins defensive action to protect the animal's health. Sometimes, the immune system doesn't work as it should; in that 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. Dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, so their respiratory system plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
Common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, canine distemper virus and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, bacterial infections, parasitic worms and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our veterinarians in Springfield. 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 like as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer can affect even the fittest animals, but when diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of methods.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, lymphoma, bone cancer and melanoma. Common cancers in cats include lymphoma, mammary cancer, skin cancer and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
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 Springfield.
- 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 the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder and the urethra, which conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
The glands that help essential hormones secrete into your pet's body 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 neurologic diagnosis or treatment that is beyond the competence of our skilled veterinarians, we would gladly refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist in Springfield. Our vets will work closely with the specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Internal Vet Specialist Referrals
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 Springfield.
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 to help diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.
New Patients Welcome
Greenbrier-Springfield Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Springfield companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.