Diagnosing & Treating Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine consists of diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of your pet's internal systems.
Our knowledgeable vets have lots of experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, including disorders of the brain and nervous system, lung disease, and tumors.
At Tri-County Animal Clinic, we have a range of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We are able to manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders and provide effective treatment alternatives for those that don't respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will perform a complete physical examination of your pet in order to diagnose their condition and establish a customized and detailed treatment plan to meet their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat issues in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from heart disorders and diseases. With the technology we have at our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so you can get quick results. 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 forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Louisa, and work with your specialist to make sure your animal companion receives the best care possible.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of vets at Tri-County Animal Clinic in Louisa understands the financial investment and personal commitment 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 solve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for finding foreign invaders or abnormal cells and taking defensive actions to protect their health. However, the immune system doesn't always work as it's supposed to, in this case, your cat or dog will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the essential task of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because cats and dogs don't sweat the same way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a significant role in regulating body temperature.
There are various common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Some common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common veterinary internal medicine issue our Louisa veterinarians see in pets. GI conditions can affect your cat or dog's stomach and intestines, interfering with their ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets suffering from GI problems typically 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 healthiest humans and animals. When diagnosed early, cancers in dogs and cats can often be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
A few of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, several common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet needs a diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Louisa.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Cat and dog internal medicine also covers urology conditions including 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 various glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working properly, they can show symptoms such as 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 most common neurological disorders among dogs and cats are seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
If your animal needs a diagnosis or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our internal medicine vets, we will be happy to refer you to a specialist or veterinary neurologist near Louisa. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to make sure your pet gets the best treatment possible.
If your pet requires a procedure or expertise that we don't offer, we will refer you to an veterinary internal medicine specialist near Louisa.
Our team is connected with a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in Louisa and throughout the Tri-State area and Eastern Kentucky.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab contains the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so we can start treatment sooner.