Diagnosing & Treating Internal Medicine Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine is the treatment of diseases and disorders affecting animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from illnesses of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumors.
At Community Veterinary Clinic, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medical Conditions
If your pet has signs they may have an internal condition, your vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat conditions in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Pets can suffer from heart diseases and disorders, just like people can. Using the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vets can inspect your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly. Fast results mean starting treatment sooner.
If your pet requires advanced diagnosis or treatment for their heart condition not offered by our clinic, we will refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Turlock, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals understands the financial and personal investment that can go into successfully breeding companion animals. 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 detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells and starts defensive actions to protect the animal's health. In cases where the immune system doesn't work as it should, your pet may 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 getting rid of waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since dogs, cats and most exotics 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 commonly seen issue in Turlock veterinary offices. 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 frequently experience symptoms including bloody stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Even the fittest humans and animals can be affected by cancer. If diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in pets 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, 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 Turlock.
- 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 conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.
Veterinary internal medicine covers urology conditions like urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Your pet's body receives a number of essential hormones 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 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 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 Turlock. Your veterinarian will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet is receiving the best care.
Our highest priority is your pet's health!
If your pet requires a procedure or specialization that we do not offer, you will be referred to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Turlock.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to internal medicine by utilizing advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab grants us access to the technology we need to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly so that treatment can begin sooner.