Veterinary Internal Medicine
At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we strive to prevent serious illnesses as often as we can. We love to see our patients and their owners in our office and send them on their way with a positive health report. However, we know this isn’t always the case. If your pet requires further assistance, we have the resources, knowledge, and skills to handle all types of conditions.
We can help with the following areas of internal medicine.
We diagnose and treat diseases of the:
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Immune System
- Lungs and airways
- Urinary and reproductive tract
- Blood and bone marrow
- Nervous System
- Hormone Systems
We use advanced equipment to aid in diagnosis and treatment, including:
- Digital radiography
- Bone marrow aspirates and biopsies
- Digital ultrasonography
- STAT laboratory services
- Transfusion medicine
The doctors at MetroVet treat many different diseases and conditions that affect the digestive tract in animals. This can include the colon, stomach, gall bladder, pancreas, liver and small intestine. Some of the gastrointestinal problems a pet may face include:
- Issues from swallowed or chewed items
- Dietary intolerance
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Common symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Poor body condition
If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, we encourage you to bring him in for a checkup. After a comprehensive examination and asking you questions about your pet’s experiences, as well as the use of required diagnostic procedures, we can provide a solution.
Veterinary endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system and its function in your pet’s body. The endocrine system is responsible for creating hormones used to manage your pet’s body temperature, appetite level, development, and other various functions.
If your pet is experiencing health problems associated with the endocrine system, he or she may display symptoms that include:
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Weight loss or gain
- Unusual hair loss or growth
- Appetite changes
- Changes in energy levels
Endocrine Conditions and Treatment
At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we have comprehensive experience in treating a variety of endocrine disorders including thyroid, liver, pituitary, and adrenal diseases. If your pet is showing signs of an endocrine disorder, we will use advanced diagnostics for early detection and treatment of your pet’s illness.
Pets may experience issues with their sight due to an accident or as a result of cataracts. Our veterinarians are capable of providing the care your pet needs. We have treated pets that suffer from cherry eye, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, tumors, and infections. Many conditions can easily be treated with the use of medicated drops. However, others may require the use of surgical techniques.
Some pets may experience spinal issues, epilepsy, brain disorders, or seizures, which may require our help. We use a combination of diagnostic tools to identify the underlying neurological condition, such as blood work, a comprehensive physical exam, and digital x-rays.
Heart disease is more common as pets get older, but some animals may develop heart conditions at a younger age. We take pride in offering treatment for a variety of heart issues, which may include chronic valvular disease, congestive heart failure, and dilated cardiomyopathy. If your pet is exhibiting signs of distress, we can use our state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to determine the condition and put together an effective treatment plan.
Skin and ear problems in pets have a variety of sources. Some of these causes include parasites, yeast infections, allergies, and endocrine disorders like hypothyroidism. We use a variety of diagnostic tools to identify the condition and to determine the appropriate treatment plan, such as ointments, specialized medication therapies, medicated pet shampoos, and drops.
Over the years, we have improved our ability to diagnose various types of cancer. We will determine the best course of treatment based on the type of cancer and how quickly it is progressing. We often recommend chemotherapy and surgery to cure the condition. Our staff is fully trained in using our state-of-the-art facility to treat various types of cancer in pets.