They Follow the Clues

Veterinary internists are like pet detectives: trained to take care of patients who can’t tell them what’s A vet and tech perform a rhinos copy on a small white dog.wrong, they put together clues from the pet’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies and other testing to diagnose the problem.

Our internal medicine specialists can diagnose severe, chronic illness or symptoms that appear suddenly. Our team members often say they chose to specialize in internal medicine because they enjoy solving complex puzzles and helping their patients feel better.

By using medical technology like ultrasound and endoscopy, specialists can look inside the body and even see inside organs like the intestine, allowing them diagnose and treat disease. Endoscopy can also be used to take biopsies – a process that previously required surgery. Board-certified internist, Dr. Otte, explains how internal medicine is the gateway to the other specialties in this video.

 

Conditions and illnesses we diagnose and treat:

  • Anemia and other blood-related illnesses
  • Cancer
  • Causes of diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal problems, including inflammatory bowel disease and protein-losing in the digestive tract
  • Complications from aging
  • Fever
  • Hormone-related problems, such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease
  • Immune system problems
  • Infections and infectious diseases
  • Kidney failure and urinary problems
  • Liver, spleen and pancreas dysfunction
  • Lung and respiratory ailments, including asthma in cats and bronchitis in dogs
  • Unexplained weight loss

Learn about other specialties and services