Diagnosis & Treatment of Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
In veterinary internal medicine, we diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of pets' internal systems.
Our vets have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from the nervous system and brain disorders to tumors and lung disease
At Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, we are equipped with a wide variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods to help your pet feel better as quickly as possible.
We can manage patients with multiple disorders or diseases and offer alternative treatment options for cats and dogs that don't respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your cat or dog is showing symptoms of an internal condition call your vet immediately. They will be able to conduct a full physical examination of your pet to diagnose the issue and develop an in-depth treatment plan customized to meet their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, our pets can develop heart diseases and disorders. With the technology we have available to us in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions and provide you with quick results. Fast results mean we will be able to start treatment sooner.
If our vets are unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks we will be sure to refer you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Laguna Woods and work closely with your specialist to make sure your pet gets the best possible care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our professional veterinary team at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Woods understands the financial investments and personal commitments that go into breeding companion animals properly. 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 responsible for finding foreign invaders or abnormal cells and starting the defensive actions needed to protect your companion's health. However, there are times where the immune system doesn't work the way it's supposed to, in these situations your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs are irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, anemia, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system performs the essential task of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Since cats and dogs can't sweat the same way humans do, your pet's respiratory system also plays an important part 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.
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 Laguna Woods veterinarians. GI conditions impact the stomach and intestines of your pet, interfering with their ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pets with GI problems often experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, loss of appetite, weight loss, blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can impact even the healthiest animals and people. When cancers are diagnosed in the earliest stages in dogs and cats they can often be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
A few of the most common cancers in dogs are bone cancer, mast cell tumors, melanoma, and lymphoma. In cats, several of the most common cancers include mammary cancer, lymphoma, skin cancer, and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the abilities of our talented veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Laguna Woods.
- 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 its 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 cat or dog's body thanks to the hard work of various glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your dog or cat's endocrine system isn't working the way it's supposed, your pet can develop symptoms that can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine that covers conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. A few of the more common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include tumors, seizures, and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the abilities of our experienced vets, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Laguna Woods. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to make sure your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Our top priority is the health of your pet.
If your pet requires a procedure or knowledge that we don't offer, we will call in or refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Laguna Woods.
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 lab contains the technology we require to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so we can start treatment as quickly as possible.