It is not uncommon for animals to have multiple overlapping complicated medical conditions that affect their comfort and their quality of life. These challenging problems can be difficult to both diagnose and treat. When your pet’s medical problems are complex, when there are multiple components to balance, or when your pet does not respond well to typical treatments of a common disorder, your family veterinarian may seek for the assistance of a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist (Internist).
Internists have undergone advanced education and training and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in order to provide you with the latest diagnostic and treatment options, giving your pet the best chance for a positive outcome. Internists strive to provide you with the information necessary to make an informed decision, including an understanding of the diseases that are affecting your pet, the diagnostic options, the treatment goals, and the prognosis. Internists are trained to perform skilled procedures that help in the diagnosis of internal problems including ultrasound, gastrointestinal endoscopy (gastroduodenoscopy & colonoscopy), bronchoscopy, esophageal (airways & lungs), rhinoscopy (nasal passages), & cystoscopy (urinary tract). Internists are an integral part of the professional team that is available to you with the goal of providing your pet with the best life possible.
Hematology: Red blood cell, platelet, and white blood cell disorders, blood transfusion therapy.
Disorders of the sinuses, nasal cavity, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs.
Disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, pancreas, liver, and biliary tract.
Nephrology/Urology: Disorders of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, prostate, and reproductive tract.
Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticsm),other advanced diseases, Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism), diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, insulinoma, canine hypothyroidism, and feline hyperthyroidism. Disorders of Calcium Metabolism: Hyperparathyroidism
Immune-mediated diseases, immunodeficiency diseases.
Bacterial, bartonella, fungal, mycoplasma, protozoal, rickettsial, mycobacterial, viral & parasitic diseases.
Veterinary Internists commonly diagnose and treat internal diseases that affect the following systems (as provided by the http://www.acvim.org website):
Please consult your veterinarian if you feel that your pet’s healthcare would benefit from consultation with a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.
ANIMAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL CENTER
3511 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, SUITE A
TORRANCE, CA 90505
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365 DAYS A YEAR