Veterinary Internal Medicine
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating conditions from issues with the heart and lungs to neurological disorders.
At Yates Veterinary Hospital, 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.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms suggesting an internal condition, your vet will conduct a complete physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and tailor a treatment plan to fit their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like people, your pet 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. Treatment can start much quicker and start easing any discomfort your pet might have.
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 Woodstock, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Yates Veterinary Hospital in Woodstock understands the financial and personal investments that go into proper breeding of 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 is responsible for detecting abnormal cells or foreign invaders and is the first defensive action protecting your 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 skin diseases, allergies, hypothyroidism, anemia, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system has the important job 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 an enormous role in regulating body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, canine distemper virus, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include bronchitis, asthma, bacterial infections, viruses, and parasitic worms.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Woodstock 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 symptoms such as blood in stool, gas, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that doesn't discriminate, it can impact even the healthiest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of therapies, surgeries, and other methods.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include lymphoma, mast cell tumors, melanoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include feline leukemia virus (FeLV), lymphoma, skin cancer, and mammary 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 Woodstock.
- 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 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.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to a number of glands in your pets body. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working properly, 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 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 Woodstock. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
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 Woodstock.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Woodstock and throughout the area.
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 we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.