Pet Internal Medicine for Dogs & Cats Coral Gables, FL

When a beloved pet becomes ill, prompt treatment is essential to the best possible outcome no matter what the condition. Owners need to know their companion is in good hands. Our knowledgeable, caring veterinarians strive to utilize every resource available to us in the search to determine the exact cause of puzzling symptoms pets may be experiencing. Finding the cause, determining proper treatment, making pets feel better is why we are in business.

What is Internal Medicine for Pets?

Utilization of the process of internal medicine for pet patients is identical to implementation of that field of medicine for humans. It entails the process of diagnosing and treating the vast array of conditions that affect the body's major organ systems.

Pets suffer from many of the same symptoms and conditions that people do. Many of these illnesses are now treatable in pets, since today's veterinarians have access to most of the treatment tools used for humans.

Those who specialize in putting together the puzzle of pet symptoms to come up with a diagnosis are called Internists.

How Does the Process of Internal Medicine Work?

Internal medicine specialists (internists) act as detectives when presented with the symptoms of a pet's illness. Their mission is to identify the condition triggering the symptoms and plan a prompt medical intervention.

Following a thorough examination and a review of the pet's medical history, lab tests, x-rays, imaging studies may be ordered. These factors combine as clues that lead to the identity of the condition causing the pet's discomfort and/or symptoms and guide the veterinarian in determining the best course of treatment.

Not so many years ago, pet internal medicine was an elusive process. A veterinarian would only have their instincts and records of traditional symptoms of common illnesses on which to base their diagnosis. Today, we have the advantage of access to many of the same advanced diagnostic tools used for human patients, like ultrasound and endoscopy, which can tell what's going on inside a pet's body.

Following is a list of some conditions we can diagnose and treat through the tools and techniques of modern internal medicine:

  • Complications of aging
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Cancer
  • Kidney failure and problems related to improper function
  • Gastrointestinal problems that result in diarrhea and vomiting, like inflammatory bowel disease and others
  • Liver, spleen and pancreas disease and dysfunction
  • Immune system issues
  • Fever and its causes
  • Lung and respiratory ailments
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Addison's disease
  • Cushing's disease
  • Immune system problems
  • Infections and infectious diseases
  • Anemia and other blood-related disorders
  • A wide range of additional diseases and ailments of the internal organs, from simple and common to complex and rare
  • Acute and chronic disease management
  • Full on-site laboratory
  • Radiology
  • Management including, but not limited to: kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract disease, GI disease, upper respiratory infection, immune-mediated disease, infectious diseases
  • Pain management

A Few of the Valuable Diagnostic Tools Now Available for Pets

  • Endoscopy
  • Digital Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Pulse oximetry

Prompt Examination is Essential to Effective Treatment

Pets are understandably considered important, valued members of our families. When they aren't feeling well, we can't rest until we find a way to ease their pain. Modern veterinary diagnosis procedures and treatments for serious illness have advanced rapidly during recent years.  Thanks to these rapid advancements in pet healthcare we can identify potentially harmful illnesses faster. If your pet is ill, don't hesitate to bring him or her in for an examination by a veterinarian. Early diagnosis makes it much more likely your pet can be successfully treated, likely at less cost than if you wait until he or she has suffered damage from symptoms of a serious disease.

Thanks to specialized nutrition and vaccinations, most pets lead long healthy lives with only routine, annual veterinary checkups. But should your pet begin to display upsetting symptoms for which there seems no explanation, make an appointment with us at Gables Veterinary Clinic.  Allow our specialists in internal veterinary medicine to assist in making your pet feel like him or herself once again.

Gables Animal Clinic is located in Coral Gables, Florida. We provide a wide range of veterinary services with the goal of enhancing all aspects of the well-being of every pet we treat. Check out a list of the services we provide below: