Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumors.
At Brookhaven Animal Hospital, we make use of a variety of modern 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 showing signs of an internal condition, your vet will perform a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan with their needs in mind.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like people, dogs and cats 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. Fast results mean 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 be sure to refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in the area and work with your specialist to make sure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our experienced team of vets at Brookhaven Animal Hospital understands the financial and personal commitment that goes into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing issues with reproduction, our vets will work to diagnose the cause and offer treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells and is responsible for beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. Despite this, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Commonly seen immune system disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and diseases affecting the skin.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system performs the vital task of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since dogs and cats can't sweat the way people do, their respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary conditions 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 commonly seen by our Brookhaven vets. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with their capacity to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pets dealing with GI troubles often experience symptoms such as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, appetite loss, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is an illness that affects animals and humans alike. 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 treatment methods.
Some common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires further diagnoses or oncological care, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Brookhaven.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also addresses 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, ureters, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can negatively impact any part of this system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Your pet's body receives essential hormones thanks to a number of hardworking glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system, and if it isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (disorders of the brain and nervous system)
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 disorders or illnesses that our knowledgable vets cannot provide, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Brookhaven. Our vets will work with your specialist to assure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet requires a procedure or expertise beyond our available offerings, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Brookhaven.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to veterinary internal medicine with state-of-the-art 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.