Veterinary Internal Medicine
Our Veterinary Internal Medicine Services
Diagnosing and treating diseases of the immune, cardiovascular, pulmonary, urinary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems are the expert domain of our team of veterinary internal medicine specialists. You can count on the specialist team at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center to provide compassionate and effective care for your fur family.
When your family veterinarian determines your pet has symptoms or an illness that they do not have the resources to diagnose or treat themselves, you may be provided a referral to one of our talented specialists at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center who will work with your family vet to provide the highest quality care available.
Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center is a leading specialist veterinarian practice in Phoenix, Each of our specialists has completed extra years of additional training beyond standard veterinary schooling and has become board-certified in their area of specialty. You can count on our team to work together with you to keep your dog or cat as healthy as can be.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists
All of our Phoenix veterinary internal medicine specialists at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center have advanced training in veterinary internal medicine, including a minimum of a one-year internship and a three-year residency after veterinary school.
Treating Disease in Pets
After a referral from your primary care vet, an internal medicine specialist will complete a thorough physical exam of your pet to formulate a diagnostic plan and create a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Commonly referred conditions include:
- Reproductive Issues
The financial investment and personal commitment that goes into breeding companion animals properly are not taken lightly at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. If your animal is experiencing reproductive challenges, our vets will get to work diagnosing the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help them perform at their best.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system is responsible for your pet's natural defensive actions against foreign invaders like bacteria and parasites. unfortunately, the immune system is not immune to disorder or failure itself. Your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder in cases where their immune system has stopped working as it should.
Common disorders in dogs and cats that would lead to an immune-mediated disorder diagnosis include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Just like in people, the respiratory system is responsible for cycling oxygen in, and harmful toxins out, of your dog or cat's body. However, in other ways, your pet's respiratory system differs greatly from ours. Dogs and cats don't sweat the same way people do, and as a result, your pet's respiratory system is additionally responsible for regulating their 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)
Our Phoenix veterinarians see gastrointestinal (GI) disorders often. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss are common symptoms of pets suffering from GI disorders.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Urology conditions also fall under the domain of internal medicine. Treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats make up a lot of the service our specialist vets at Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center provide.
The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your pet's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition. Dogs and cats rely on a number of glands to secrete essential hormones into their skin that keep them healthy and fit. Your pet's endocrine system is made up of these glands and the hormones they produce.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Veterinary internal medicine of the brain and spinal cord, as well as neuromuscular dysfunction, is blanketed under Neurology and the treatment of neurological disorders. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
New Patients Welcome
At Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, we are accepting new patients and referrals for our emergency and specialty services. Our team of experienced veterinary specialists are passionate about the health and well-being of pets in the Phoenix area. Contact us today to inquire about appointments or find out about the referral process.