Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Medicine Conditions in Dogs & Cats
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our vets bring extensive experience to the table both in the diagnosis and treatment of complex and challenging cases, from cardiovascular disease to tumors, endocrine disorders and more.
At Dix Animal Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can confidently manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders and are able to provide effective alternatives to treatment for those who don't respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition, our vets will conduct a comprehensive physical examination of your dog, cat or other pet in order to diagnose their issues and create a detailed treatment plan that is customized to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Just like in people, cats and dogs can suffer from disorders and diseases affecting their hearts. 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 forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Lincoln Park, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Dix Animal Hospital in Lincoln Park understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly.
If your pet is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our veterinary team will work together to diagnose their issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve your companion's health issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the critical work of delivering oxygen throughout their body and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Since dogs and cats don't sweat like people, their respiratory system also pulls double duty by helping to regulate their body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders 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)
GI, or gastrointestinal, disorders are a common internal medicine condition seen in dogs and cats by our Lincoln Park veterinary team. 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 Lincoln Park.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine covers urology conditions like urinary tract infections 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 Lincoln Park. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Internal Medicine Veterinarian in Lincoln Park Referrals
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your companion requires a procedure or any expertise that we aren't able to offer, we will be more than happy to refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist in the Lincoln Park area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to cat and dog internal medicine with advanced 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.