Our Veterinary Internal Medicine Services
If a pet has symptoms or an illness that cannot be diagnosed or treated by your family veterinarian, it can be referred to an internal medicine specialist for more advanced care.
At Animal Medical Center of New England, we emphasize a comprehensive, team approach to our cases and work not only with your veterinarian but also with other specialists to ensure the best care for our patients.
Our board-certified Internist is also able to conduct comprehensive diagnostic procedures using our ultrasound technology in order to support our high quality of care.
Our Internal Medicine Vet Specialist
A veterinary internal medicine specialist has advanced training in veterinary internal medicine.
Why An Vet Internal Medicine Specialist?
A veterinary internal medicine specialist is skilled at diagnosing and treating diseases of the immune, cardiovascular, pulmonary, urinary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems in a safe, compassionate manner.
When your pet's health issues are proving difficult to concretely diagnose or resistant to conventional treatments, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist has the expertise, training, and resources to help provide high-quality care to your companion.
Veterinary Internal Medicine FAQs
Veterinary internal medicine is a large umbrella of care. Below are some of the most common questions we get form our clients about our internal medicine services.
What internal medicine conditions do you commonly treat?
Patients are commonly referred to us for the following internal conditions:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Cushing’s Disease
- Renal Failure
- Infectious Diseases
What is a board-certified Veterinary Internist?
A licensed veterinarian who has completed additional intensive training after veterinary school. This training consists of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program meeting the requirements established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
Internal medicine specialists diagnose and treat serious and chronic health problems.
What is veterinary internal medicine?
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems. Any health issue affecting your pet's internal organs falls under the internal medicine umbrella, which means that there are many illnesses and conditions for which internal medicine will be an appropriate treatment.
As part of the internal medicine treatments at Animal Medical Center of New England, our board-certified internist is able to use ultrasound diagnostic technology to gain detailed insight into your pet's internal health, assessing their wellbeing and creating treatment plans accordingly.
Can I be there for my pets' ultrasound?
Abdominal ultrasounds are offered on an outpatient basis. Your pet would be dropped off in the morning for an ultrasound to be performed that day. You will be contacted as soon as your pet is able to be picked up from our hospital. There is no set time or guarantee as to when the ultrasound will be performed.
My pet had radiography, does he really need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a pain-free, non-invasive procedure to evaluate your pet's internal organs. An ultrasound uses sound waves to display the organs in a real-time moving picture. It allows us to visualize objects or possible abnormalities (such as tumors or fluid) that are unseen by radiographs alone.
We are also able to obtain samples by using ultrasound to evaluate cells, perform biopsies, and/or collect fluids. If a sample is needed, sedation will be required for the safety of the pet and our staff.
Internal Conditions: Vomiting & Diarrhea
When an animal experiences internal conditions, vomiting or diarrhea is the body's attempt to treat the issue.
Vomiting or diarrhea can happen whether they've ingested a substance or indigestible material, or are experiencing the symptoms of a number of other conditions.
Causes of Gastrointestinal Upset
There are a number of potential causes of vomiting and diarrhea, some of the most common being:
- Reaction to medication
- Ingestion of poisons or toxins
- Heat stroke
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Change in diet
- Serious diseases or illnesses such as cancer
What To Do if Your Cat or Dog is Vomiting
Occasional or Infrequent Vomiting
If your pet is occasionally vomiting, you should keep them from eating for 12 hours, only giving them small amounts of water.
If your pet is no longer vomiting after 12 hours, you can return the water dish and slowly begin to feed them again, returning to normal portions the next day.
If your dog or cat begins to vomit excessively, you need to remove their food immediately, look for signs of dehydration or shock, and contact our emergency vets.
When to Seek Emergency Veterinary Care for Vomiting and Diarrhea
If your pet shows any of the following signs of a serious internal medicine condition you should contact our veterinarians in Nashua right away for emergency care:
- Blood in stool
- Unusual drooling
- Lack of Appetite
- Signs of dehydration