Veterinary Internal Medicine is a specialty field that addresses a broad scope of complex health problems in dogs and cats. We are proud to have the only two board certified internal medicine specialists in private practice working in the Madison area. Diseases treated by an internist include:
- autoimmune disorders
- infectious diseases
- problems involving the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, pancreas, respiratory tract and other organ systems
In many cases, patients have more than one problem. The goal of the internal medicine service is to provide comprehensive care for pets, and to maximize quality of life for our patients and owners.
Your pet's visit to an internist will begin with a thorough review of his or her history and pre-existing medical problems. A physical exam and review of completed diagnostic tests will generate a working problem list and a diagnostic or treatment plan. Labwork evaluations are then done to help determine the functionality of various organs and systems to look for signs of inflammation or infection. Because diseases can progress, some tests may be repeated over time.
In addition, we are able to offer high quality minimally-invasive endoscopic exams. Some tests require general anesthesia, and an overnight hospitalization may be recommended to prepare the patient for his or her procedure.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to discuss various treatment strategies, taking into consideration your pet's lifestyle, his or her quality of life, and your goals.
Internal medicine cases often require ongoing monitoring and follow-up tests. This care may be given by our internist, or by your veterinarian with assistance as needed by our internal medicine service. Our goal is to be available to you and your veterinarian for questions or concerns.
Why see an Internist?
Many of the medical conditions treated by veterinarians in general practice are considered internal medicine problems. When disease has progressed despite treatment, or there are multiple medical problems present, a consultation with a veterinary internist maybe recommended.