Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of your pet's internal systems, such as their hearts, brains, and immune systems.
At Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, our experienced vets have a wide range of diagnostic tools at our disposal to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases, or disorders, and your vet can work with you on challenging cases by suggesting treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam, including necessary diagnostic tests, to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like people, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet and quickly provide results so they can begin the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
If we are unable to diagnose your cat or dog's heart condition in-house, we will refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet in the Rocklin area and work with the specialist to ensure your pet receives the very best treatment.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital understands the financial and personal investments that go into safely and properly breeding companion animals. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is integral to their overall health. The immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and takes defensive action to protect your pet's health. Sometimes the immune system doesn't work as it should and treatment may be required.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats or dogs include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The pulmonary system is essential for delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Dogs and cats can't sweat like humans, so the respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
In dogs, common pulmonary disorders include 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)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Rocklin veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines and may cause them distress or interfere with your pet's ability to digest food and properly 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 can affect even the healthiest of pets. When caught early, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods. Your vet will work with you to create the best treatment plan for your pet.
Common cancers found 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 Rocklin.
- 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. Your pet's endocrine system consists of these glands and hormones. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working properly 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 Rocklin. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise beyond the scope of what we offer, we will refer you to an specialized internal medicine vet near Rocklin.
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 diagnostics lab is equipped with the technology we need to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition so we can begin treatment as soon as possible.