BluePearl Pet Hospital
Pittsburgh North
Pittsburgh, PA
Internal Medicine

24/7 Emergency and Specialty

Pet internal medicine by BluePearl.

Solving the puzzle to help your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary internal medicine team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of your pet’s various body systems, and we’re here to help. 

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has an acute or chronic condition, you’ll have an entire internal medicine team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Respiratory diseases like asthma in cats or bronchitis in dogs
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus or Addison’s disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis
  • Liver diseases like hepatic lipidosis or cirrhosis
  • Kidney diseases such as chronic urinary infection or renal failure
  • Endocrine diseases, including Cushing’s disease or diabetes mellitus
  • Hematologic diseases like hemolytic anemia or thrombocytopenia
  • Infectious diseases such as leptospirosis or blastomycosis

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Blood/urine testing
  • Radiography (x-rays) 
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsies

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our internal medicine team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Medication 
  • Nutritional support 
  • A variety of surgical options

Our board certified specialists and internal medicine team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our internal medicine team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Melissa Gettinger

On the job

Dr. Melissa Gettinger finds gratifying the human-animal bond and its role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of the chronic diseases so often seen in internal medicine. Her particular clinical interests include immune-mediated blood conditions, lower urinary tract disease and kidney diseases. She also enjoys performing minimally invasive procedures.

  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA
Off duty

A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Gettinger likes watching hockey, cooking and DIY home renovations. She has a dog Finnegan and two cats, Stella and Archie.

Lisa Sepesy

Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

After her residency, Dr. Lisa Sepesy worked in academia at Ontario Veterinary College and Cornell University. Her particular clinical interests include endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases, and hepatic disorders.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Oncology, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Master of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bachelor of Science, Allegheny College, Meadville PA
Off duty

Dr. Sepesy returns to Ithaca, NY every year to participate in an annual fundraiser in which she swims across Cayuga Lake. Other interests include travel, hiking and birding. She has two golden retriever rescues, Snicker and Amber, and a Yorkie/Maltese mix named Little Bear-Bear.

Rachel Smith

Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Growing up in New Jersey, Dr. Rachel Smith did not have any pets, so she convinced her parents to let her volunteer at farms and spent her summers at horse camps. When Dr. Smith moved to the Twin Cities for her residency, where her research focused on proteinuria, she met Payton, the service dog who changed careers to become her first pet. Dr. Smith likes the variety of internal medicine and helping pets live their best lives at home with their family. She enjoys performing ultrasounds and endoscopic procedures.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Off duty

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Smith enjoys traveling with her partner, swimming and cooking.

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What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the internist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.