Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine is the treatment of diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our vets bring extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases, ranging from immune disorders to oncological care.
At Brentwood Veterinary Clinic, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
Our skilled team can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for cases that do not respond to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing 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)
Dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders, just like humans. With the diagnostic tools in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly. Getting faster results means 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 refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Brentwood, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Brentwood Veterinary Clinic in Brentwood understands the financial and personal commitment that goes into properly and responsibly breeding companion animals. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options.
- 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. Just like humans, the immune system doesn't always work as it should in animals, which would lead to your pet being 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 performs the important functions 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 Brentwood 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 discomfort from symptoms such as 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, many cases of cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Some common cancers in dogs include melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some 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 Brentwood.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Your pet's urinary tract consists of their kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that carries urine out of your pet's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs, and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Your pet's body contains a number of glands that carry out the essential work of secreting hormones. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system, and 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 dealing with disorders of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), and tumors.
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions beyond our experienced veterinarians' scope, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Brentwood. 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 pet requires a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Brentwood.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
As a part of our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine, we employ advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the tools we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately, enabling sooner treatment.