Internal Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinary team brings extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a range of challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumors.
At Spring Animal Hospital, we have the experience, diagnostic tools, and treatment methods at our disposal to ensure your pet has the best support.
We can manage animals with multiple diseases or disorders, and your vet can provide effective treatment alternatives for those patients who do not respond well to standard procedures.
If your pet is showing signs of an internal condition, your vet will carry out a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized for them.
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 vet team 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 Long Beach, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Spring Animal Hospital's own Dr. Choy has experience with animal reproduction and breeding. As such, we understand the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing difficulties, our vet 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 responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. Despite this, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, which could lead to your pet being diagnosed with an immune disorder.
Common immune 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 is essential to supplying oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because pets such as dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, their respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating 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.
Some commonly seen 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 Long Beach veterinary team. GI disorders impact your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with their 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 early on, many cases of cancer in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Some 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 cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinary team, we will refer you to a specialist near Long Beach to ensure your pet's best care.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine includes diagnosis and treatment of 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 glands that constitutes part of 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 dealing with 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, intervertebral disc disease (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 a specialist Long Beach. Our vet 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 diagnosis or procedure that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Long Beach.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to internal veterinary medicine with advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house 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.