How Internal Conditions Affect Dogs & Cats
Veterinary internal medicine is a type of veterinary care that involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that negatively affect your dog or cat's internal systems.
If your companion is displaying symptoms of an internal condition, it can be caused by a number of serious and sometimes life-threatening issues. Internal conditions can also cause your cat or dog to feel a lot of discomfort and even pain.
Our veterinarians have the skills and technology at our Maple Ridge clinic to diagnose and treat a variety of internal conditions. Whether your cat or dog has an autoimmune disorder, neurological issue, kidney failure or something else, trust that we will do everything we can to make them feel comfortable.
At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, your dog or cat's health is always our top priority. We will not rest until we've exhausted all resources to help get your companion back to optimal health.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your cat or dog is diagnosed with an internal condition, it can be confusing and scary. Knowing what each type of illness means can go a long way toward easing your anxiety so you can focus on helping your companion get well.
Common veterinary internal conditions can be classified under the following categories:
Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Dogs and cats can suffer from heart conditions just like we can. At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, we are equipped with the technology and diagnostic tests in our in-house vet lab to diagnose your furry friend's condition. Not only can we pinpoint the issue, we will do everything we can to treat the issue and get your pet back to good health.
At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, we understand that there is a great deal of financial and personal investment that goes into maintaining a successful breeding program. If your dog or cat is struggling with reproductive issues it can result in lost income and overwhelming stress. Our team works hard to diagnose these types of issues and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve them.
Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system is a marvelous thing. It is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the health of your pet. That is all well and good, until it stops working the way it should. If your feline or canine companion's immune system is struggling to protect them, they may be suffering from an immune-mediated disorder.
Some of the most common immune-mediated disorders seen by our veterinarian include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system's primary goal is to deliver oxygen throughout your dog or cat's body and remove waste gases such as carbon dioxide. You may not realize, however, that because your dog or cat doesn't sweat the same way we do, their respiratory system is also in charge of regulating their body temperature.
In dogs, common pulmonary disorders include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumours.
In cats, asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses are some of the most common pulmonary issues our vets see.
Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are conditions that affect your dog or cat's stomach and intestines. They result in issues digesting food properly and absorbing much-needed nutrients.
Cats and dogs that suffer from GI problems often show symptoms such as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
Oncology (tumours and cancer)
Cancer is not just a reality for people. Our companions can develop many of the same types of cancer that we can. Early diagnosis is the key to positive outcomes when it comes to veterinary oncology as many types of cancer have effective treatment options. These include a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Our canine companions most often develop cancers such as mast cell tumours, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer.
The types of cancer most commonly found in cats include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary urology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the urinary tract and kidneys of pets. The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of the body.
Urinary conditions such as UTIs are some of the most common urologic diseases in dogs and cats. This is because it is common for symptoms to go unnoticed until they become severe or even life-threatening.
Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Hormone production from the endocrine system plays a huge role in your furry friend's overall health and well-being. When the endocrine system isn't working effectively, you may start to notice your dog or cat developing skin problems or poor coat condition.
Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Veterinary neurology focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Common neurological disorders our veterinarians see in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumours.
At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, we are dedicated to providing each and every patient with the best care possible. When it comes to neurological disorders, it can be beneficial for your pet to be treated by a specialist, so if we feel that advanced care is necessary, we will refer your pet to a veterinary specialist in your area.
Cancer Diagnosis & Care
Sadly, cancer is an internal medicine condition often seen by our veterinary team. If detected early, many cancers in dogs and cats can be successfully treated with a combination of surgeries and therapies.
Following your companion's cancer diagnosis, we will take the time to provide details about your furry friend's condition, discuss additional diagnostic testing if appropriate and provide you with treatment options and prognosis.
At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, our veterinarians are dedicated to giving dogs and cats with cancer the care they need and providing support for the families that love them.
In-House Lab & Diagnostics
Targeted testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures play a key role in providing our clients with an accurate diagnosis of their dog or cat's condition.
Our in-house diagnostic lab is equipped with a range of imaging technologies and other equipment that allows our team to diagnose your furry friend's condition as quickly as possible so that treatment can begin right away.