With veterinary internal medicine, we can treat diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating challenging cases, from brain disorders to reproductive issues, tumors and lung disease.
At Dana Park Veterinary Hospital, we leverage many diagnostic tools and treatment methods to offer your pet the most accurate diagnosis and care.
We are able to manage patients with multiple diseases and disorders and provide effective treatment options for those who will not respond well to standard procedures.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is displaying signs of an internal condition, your vet will perform a comprehensive physical exam to diagnose your pet's 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 heart-related disorders and diseases. By leveraging the technology in our in-house lab, our vets can check your pet for symptoms of heart conditions so you will receive results quickly. Fast results mean treatment can be started sooner.
If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine exams, we will be sure to refer you to a board-certified internal medicine vet near Redding and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the highest quality care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals in Redding understands that significant financial investment and personal commitment are put into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing reproductive challenges, our vets will work to diagnose the problem and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system has the important job of detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and triggering defensive action to protect the animal's health. However, the immune system doesn't always function as it should. In this case, your veterinarian at Dana Park Veterinary Hospital will diagnose your pet with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs include arthritis, anemia, hypothyroidism, allergies, skin diseases and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your pet's respiratory system plays a vital role in the body's function — it delivers oxygen to the body and eliminates waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because cats and dogs do not sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also helps regulate body temperature.
Dogs can be afflicted with numerous common pulmonary disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung tumors, pneumonia and canine distemper virus.
In cats, common pulmonary disorders include asthma, bronchitis, bacterial infections, parasitic worms and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our Redding 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 Redding.
- 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 Redding. 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 are connected to a network of exceptional professionals and can refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Redding.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine is backed by advanced testing, imaging and other diagnostic procedures.
Every day, we use technology in our fully equipped in-house veterinary lab to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately, so that treatment can begin sooner.
New Patients Welcome
Dana Park Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Redding companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.