Veterinary Internal Medicine
Veterinary internal medicine allows us to treat disorders and diseases of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from brain and immune system disorders to tumors and lung disease.
At Clackamas Pet Clinic, we're able to leverage a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods. We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment options for those who will not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your veterinarian discovers that your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, they will perform a comprehensive physical exam to diagnose the issue and develop a detailed treatment plan customized to your animal's individual needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in these areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, cats and dogs can experience heart diseases and disorders. Using the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you receive results quickly. Fast results mean starting treatment sooner.
If the vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks we can refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Clackamas, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Many owners invest time and money into properly breeding companion animals. If your animal is experiencing reproductive challenges, our team of veterinary professionals at Clackamas Pet Clinic will work to diagnose the problem and offer appropriate options for treatment to help resolve the issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system has the important job of detecting abnormal cells or foreign invaders and triggering defensive action to protect the animal's health. However, the immune system may malfunction, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include arthritis, anemia, skin diseases, allergies, hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your furry companion's respiratory system delivers oxygen to the body ane eliminates waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because cats and dogs do not sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays an integral role in regulating body temperature.
Dogs can potentially experience numerous common pulmonary disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung tumors, pneumonia and canine distemper virus.
Common pulmonary disorders seen in cats include asthma, bacterial infections, viruses, parasitic worms and bronchitis.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Clackamas 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, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Some of the most 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 diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Clackamas.
- 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 the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, 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 Clackamas. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Does your pet require a procedure or expertise that we do not offer? We can refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Clackamas.
We are connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Clackamas and throughout the community.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine is backed by advanced imaging, testing and other diagnostic procedures.
In our in-house veterinary lab, we have the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can start sooner. We are able to do a full medical workup with results in minutes.