Looking beyond the obvious
Finding the answers, even when things get complicated.
While your general veterinary practitioner can diagnose and treat many health problems, pets with complex diseases, conditions, or multiple disorders can benefit further from the care of a veterinary Internist. Your family veterinarian remains key in the continued health of your pet and will be updated on all aspects of your pet’s visit to Advanced Veterinary Specialists.
Our team of internal medicine specialists have advanced training in the following disciplines:
- Endocrinology (Hormonal imbalances)
- Hematology (Blood disorders)
- Infectious Diseases
- Nephrology/Urology (Kidney & bladder diseases)
- Respiratory Disease
When should you request a referral to an ACVIM Board Certified Veterinary Specialist?
- Your pet’s disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
- You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your pet’s condition.
- The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected.
- Your pet requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
- Your pet can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.
Our days consist of a wide variety of assessments, diagnostics and treatments for patients living with complicated medical issues. Some examples of ailments we see include the following:
- Heart murmur
- Neurologic abnormalities
- Heart arrhythmia
- Weight loss
- Increased liver enzymes
- Decreased appetite
- Kidney Disease
- Immune Mediated Disease
- Urinary Problems
- Joint pain
- Labored breathing
- Prostate Disease
- Abdominal masses
- Nasal Disease
- Fluid accumulation
Minimally Invasive Procedures:
The initial consultation includes a physical examination and a review of history, signs/symptoms and any previously performed lab tests. Further evaluation and treatments may include minimally invasive procedures such as the following:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates or biopsies of internal organs or growths
- Ultrasound guided extraction of fluid (abdominocentesis, thoracocentesis, pericardiocentesis)
- Care of hospitalized patients utilizing in-house and reference labs and advanced treatments
- Endoscopy to view and biopsy regions non-surgically
- Small intestine
- Urinary Tract
- CT Scans
- Blood transfusions
- Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
- Blood pressure
- Tracheal stent placement for collapsing trachea
Our specialists and dedicated staff will work hard to provide you information about your pet’s health.