Veterinary Internal Medicine:

Exceptional Pet Care From the Inside Out

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At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, our veterinarians and staff are focused on preventing illness whenever possible. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our furry patients and their families leaving our hospital with a clean bill of health. However, that’s not always possible. Should your pet require advanced veterinary care, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to address his or her needs.

Our doctors are skilled in all areas of veterinary internal medicine. Here’s a closer look at many of them:

Veterinary cardiology—While some pets develop heart disease over time, others are genetically predisposed toward certain heart conditions. We treat a variety of pet heart ailments at our hospital, including congestive heart failure, chronic valvular disease, and dilated cardiomyopathy. If your pet shows signs of heart trouble, we will use advanced veterinary diagnostic tools to identify the nature of his or her condition and determine the appropriate course of action.

Pet ophthalmology—Whether a pet has experienced an eye injury due to trauma, or developed vision loss due to cataracts, our veterinarians are ready and able to provide the necessary care. We regularly attend to pets facing corneal ulcers, infections, cherry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and tumors. Many pet eye disorders can be treated using medicated drops, while others require veterinary surgery.

Neurology—Pets experiencing epilepsy, seizures, spinal issues, or brain disorders will require this area of veterinary expertise. Neurological conditions are typically identified using a combination of diagnostic tools that will likely include a comprehensive physical, blood work, and digital X-rays.

Animal dermatology—Pet skin and ear disorders can be caused by a variety pet health conditions. These range from inhalant allergies, parasites, and yeast infections to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism. Our veterinarians will get to the bottom of your pet’s skin condition and provide soothing relief via medicated pet shampoos, ointments, drops, or specialized drug therapies.

Gastroenterology—Pets exhibiting symptoms such as chronic vomiting and diarrhea could be experiencing any of a number of disorders involving the digestive tract. Our veterinarians will use blood tests and digital X-rays to identify the root cause, which could be food allergies, a swallowed foreign body, inflammatory bowel disease, or something else altogether.

Orthopedic pet surgery—Pets experiencing bone, joint, or ligament issues may require surgery. Our veterinarians are experienced at performing a variety of advanced orthopedic procedures, ranging from jaw and bone fracture repairs to knee surgeries, including TightRope CCL and extracapsular repair surgeries.

Veterinary oncology—Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our ability to diagnose pet cancer has improved dramatically. Choosing which treatment is most appropriate will depend on the type of cancer that is present and how far it has progressed. Surgery and chemotherapy are two care options that are frequently prescribed, and our veterinarians are often able to provide these services at our state-of-the-art facility.

Endocrinology—Symptoms of endocrine disorders could indicate numerous other pet health conditions. That’s why it’s important to work with veterinarians who are knowledgeable about veterinary internal medicine. We regularly attend to patients experiencing thyroid, liver, pituitary, and adrenal diseases, as well as chromosomal deficiencies. Our veterinarians will ensure that your pet receives an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment.