Diagnosis & Treatment
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases, conditions, and disorders that affect animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a range of challenging cases, from brain and nervous system disorders to lung disease and tumors.
At West Salem Animal Clinic, we have access to a variety of effective diagnostic tools and treatment methods to offer the very best care to you and your pet.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is showing signs of an internal condition, your vet will conduct a full physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With access to our in-house vet lab, our vets 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 veterinary specialist near West Salem and work with them to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at West Salem Animal Clinic in West Salem understands the financial and personal commitment that goes into properly and responsibly breeding companion animals. If your pet 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 detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells and begins defensive action to protect the animal's health. When the immune system doesn't always work as it should, your pet may be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated 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 does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Dogs and cats can't sweat the way people do, so your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
Some common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs include 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 issue seen by our West Salem veterinarians. GI conditions impact your pet's stomach and intestines, which interferes with the animal's ability to digest food and absorb nutrients properly.
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. In many cases, early detection of cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near West Salem.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
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.
Veterinary internal medicine covers urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body due to the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are 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 covering brain and spinal cord conditions in addition to neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near West Salem. Our vets 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 procedure or expertise outside the scope of our offering, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near West Salem.
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 is equipped with modern diagnostic tools to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately and begin treatment sooner.