February 6, 2020
East End Veterinary Center’s internal medicine department focuses on the evaluation, management, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases that can affect your pet’s major body systems. We partner with your family veterinarian to provide the best veterinary care available for complicated conditions, and our board-certified veterinary internists use cutting-edge diagnostic procedures to diagnose the most challenging medical cases. Here is a glimpse into our internal medicine department, and some of the tools we use to help diagnose and treat veterinary patients.
An ultrasound produces sound waves that bounce off internal structures, are received by the unit, and translated into an image on a screen. It is noninvasive and painless for the patient. Many times, ultrasound can detect disease in pets that are sick but have normal blood tests, and even in pets that are not showing any signs of illness yet. The operator can see your pet’s internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, and spleen. We can evaluate the structure and look for abnormalities such as masses. In many cases, samples of cells, fluid, or tissue can be collected non-invasively to obtain a diagnosis. Ultrasound also allows us to diagnose and monitor many complicated diseases, without making surgical incisions to directly view internal structures.
An endoscope contains a high-density camera mounted on the end of a flexible or rigid tube that can be inserted into your pet’s normal body openings, such as her mouth or nose, or through an incision into a body cavity, such as the abdomen or thorax. The camera transmits to a digital screen real-time images that help us diagnose disease or perform minimally invasive surgery. If your pet needs an endoscopic procedure, she will be anesthetized; however, each procedure is short, and she will be awake and on her feet again quickly. Our internal medicine department can perform several different endoscopic procedures, including:
One advantage of a large specialty hospital is the collaboration between our many departments and board-certified veterinary specialists. For example, our internal medicine department often works with the diagnostic imaging department to diagnose a variety of health conditions using state-of-the-art equipment, such as:
Contact us if your family veterinarian has referred your pet to our internal medicine department for advanced diagnostics, management, or treatment of a complex medical condition.