Internal Conditions in Dogs & Cats
With veterinary internal medicine, we can treat diseases and disorders in animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung diseases, immune system disorders and tumors.
At Burbank Pet Hospital, we leverage diagnostic tools and treatment methods to provide your pet the most effective care. We can also manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who would not respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
Is your pet displaying symptoms of an internal condition? Your vet will perform a comprehensive physical exam for your pet to diagnose the issue and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in these areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to people, cats and dogs can suffer from a range of heart disorders and diseases. We can use the technology in our in-house vet lab to examine your pet for symptoms of heart conditions so that you receive results quickly. Fast results mean treatment can begin 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 can forward you to a board-certified internal medicine vet near San Jose, and work with your specialist to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care.
- Reproductive Issues
At Burbank Pet Hospital, our team of veterinary professionals understands the personal commitment and financial investment that go into the appropriate and proper breeding of companion animals. If your animal is experiencing reproductive challenges, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
A properly functioning immune system detects foreign invaders or abnormal cells, then triggering defensive action to preserve your pet's health. That said, the immune system sometimes fails to work as it should. In this case, your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs include arthritis, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, anemia, skin diseases and hypothyroidism.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system plays the essential role of delivering oxygen to the body and removing waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats do not sweat in the same way people do, your pet's respiratory system also does the work of regulating body temperature.
Various pulmonary disorders are commonly seen in dogs, including canine distemper virus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung tumors and pneumonia.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include bacterial infections, viruses, parasitic worms, bronchitis and asthma.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our San Jose veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
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. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in 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 San Jose.
- 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 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 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 San Jose. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Referrals
Does your pet need a procedure or expertise that we do not offer? In this case, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near San Jose.
We are connected to a network of exceptional veterinary specialists in San Jose and throughout the area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine is backed by advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab has the latest technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that we can begin treatment sooner.