Veterinary Internal Medicine
At our Montecito veterinary hospital, you can have your pet diagnosed and treated for a variety of internal medicine conditions. Our vets treat dogs and cats for tumors, heart conditions and more.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
We use veterinary internal medicine to treat diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
The veterinarians at Montecito Pet Hospital bring extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from brain and nervous system disorders to tumors and lung diseases.
In our in-house lab, we have numerous tools and treatment options available. We are able to manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and offer effective treatment options for those who will not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
Is your pet displaying symptoms of an internal medical condition? Our vets can perform a comprehensive physical exam for your pet to diagnose internal health issues and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to your pet's needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat issues in these areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, cats and dogs can suffer from heart-related disorders and diseases. With state-of-the-art technology in our in-house vet lab our veterinarians can check your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you receive results quickly. Fast results mean treatment can start sooner.
If our vets are unable to diagnose or treat your cat or dog's heart condition as part of our internal medicine assessment, we can refer you to a board-certified internal medicine vet near Montecito, and work with the specialist to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals in Montecito understand the personal commitment and financial investment it takes to properly breed companion animals. If your animal is experiencing reproductive challenges, our vets will work to pinpoint the issue, diagnose it and offer appropriate treatment options to help correct the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
In healthy pets, the immune system detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells. Defensive action is triggered to protect the animal's health. However, the immune system doesn't always work properly, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs include arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, anemia, skin diseases, allergies and hypothyroidism.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body then eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs including 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 medicine issue seen by our Montecito veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with your animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pet's 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. When diagnosed in the earliest stages many cases 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, some of the most 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 Montecito.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions such as 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 or 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 conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as 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 that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Montecito. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Does your pet require a procedure or expertise that we do not offer? We can refer you to an experienced internal medicine veterinary specialist near Montecito.
We are connected to a network of exceptional veterinary internal medicine specialists in Montecito and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to internal medicine for dogs and cats is supported with advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
In our in-house veterinary lab, we use advanced technology to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition, so that we can start treatment sooner.