Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine addresses the broad range of acute and chronic illnesses that can affect the overall health and quality of life in dogs and cats. Primarily focusing on the internal systems of pets affected by disease, infection, immunity response or trauma, emphasis on non-invasive diagnostic testing and treatment in the following areas include:

  • Endocrinology – relating to the endocrine system in dogs and cats and the secretion of hormones such as hypo or hyperthyroidism
  • Pulmonary – diseases associated with the respiratory tract and chest cavity
  • Gastroenterology – health issues associated with the digestive tract in dogs and cats
  • Infectious Diseases – illnesses caused when pets are exposed to harmful organisms such as parasites, bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • Urology – issues associated with the urinary tract in dogs and cats such as incontinence and “blocked” cats who need immediate attention
  • Hematology – the diagnosis of blood or bleeding disorders in pets
  • Nutrition – the management of a healthy diet in dogs and cats that promotes optimal quality of life, helps prevents obesity and supports the management of chronic illnesses like kidney or liver disease
  • Cardiology – the treatment of diseases associated with the heart
  • Immunology – conditions caused by a compromised immune system in dogs and cats including problems that can affect internal organs, cause pain in the joints or relate to skin conditions.

Internal Medicine Referrals to Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists:

Our veterinarians at North River Animal Hospital have established close and long-standing relationships with area veterinary specialists who serve in the Sarasota-Bradenton and Tampa Bay area. When a second-opinion consultation or referral is needed from a board-certified veterinary specialist, we will thoroughly discuss these options with you and follow-up with our specialist referrals to ensure your pet receives optimum care.