Internal Medicine

Procedures

Many veterinarians refer clients to Internal Medicine for specific procedures. We offer the following procedures:

  • Abdominal, thoracic, and cervical ultrasound
  • Fine needle aspirates
  • Feeding tube placement
  • CT scan
  • Endoscopy
    • Rhinoscopy
    • Upper and lower GI endoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Cystoscopy (female dogs and cats)
  • Endotracheal wash
  • Bone marrow aspirate/biopsy
  • Joint taps (arthrocentesis)

Common conditions managed by Internal Medicine

  • Endocrine disorders that involve the thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, or adrenal glands
  • Liver, kidney, or urinary conditions
  • Respiratory conditions, such as chronic cough or nasal discharge
  • Gastrointestinal diseases, such as those that cause chronic vomiting, diarrhea, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, or weight loss
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Infectious diseases

If you are worried that your pet may be suffering from a medical emergency, please call us!

503-489-9535

What is a veterinary internist?

A veterinary internist, is a veterinary specialist that has undergone specialized training in treatment of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys, respiratory system, immune system, among many others. They are uniquely trained to manage chronic disease processes, complete thorough diagnostic evaluations, and perform specialized procedures.

What to expect at your internal medicine appointment

Prior to the consultation, our internist will review all provided medical records to prepare for the visit. Please provide information for any veterinarian you have seen recently and/or send any records you may have in advance to facilitate this preparation.

We request that you fast your pet after 10pm, prior to the consultation. Fasting is important for many diagnostic tests, including abdominal ultrasound, certain blood tests, and anything that requires sedation or anesthesia.

When you arrive for your consultation, one of our internal medicine technicians will greet you in the lobby and escort you to an exam room. The technician will ask a series of questions to get a sense of your pet’s clinical signs, medication and diet history, and your specific goals for the visit. Your pet will be taken to the back for a thorough physical examination, and the internist will return to discuss everything and come up with a plan.

Many diagnostics can occur the day of the visit, including many forms of imaging and bloodwork. Some tests are sent out to specialized laboratories and can take days to weeks to return. In some cases, a procedure may occur same-day as well, but some procedures do require advanced preparation, special equipment, or more time than a same-day visit will allow.

To facilitate diagnostics and procedures, your pet may need to stay at the hospital for several hours. When your pet is ready to be discharged, you will go home with comprehensive instructions and a follow-up plan.

We will approach your pet’s care as a team and come up with this plan together.

 

 

Internal Medicine

Procedures

Many veterinarians refer clients to Internal Medicine for specific procedures. We offer the following procedures:

  • Abdominal, thoracic, and cervical ultrasound
  • Fine needle aspirates
  • Feeding tube placement
  • CT scan
  • Endoscopy
    • Rhinoscopy
    • Upper and lower GI endoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Cystoscopy (female dogs and cats)
  • Endotracheal wash
  • Bone marrow aspirate/biopsy
  • Joint taps (arthrocentesis)

Common conditions managed by Internal Medicine

  • Endocrine disorders that involve the thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, or adrenal glands
  • Liver, kidney, or urinary conditions
  • Respiratory conditions, such as chronic cough or nasal discharge
  • Gastrointestinal diseases, such as those that cause chronic vomiting, diarrhea, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, or weight loss
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Infectious diseases

If you are worried that your pet may be suffering from a medical emergency, please call us!

503-489-9535

What is a veterinary internist?

A veterinary internist, is a veterinary specialist that has undergone specialized training in treatment of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys, respiratory system, immune system, among many others. They are uniquely trained to manage chronic disease processes, complete thorough diagnostic evaluations, and perform specialized procedures.

What to expect at your internal medicine appointment

Prior to the consultation, our internist will review all provided medical records to prepare for the visit. Please provide information for any veterinarian you have seen recently and/or send any records you may have in advance to facilitate this preparation.

We request that you fast your pet after 10pm, prior to the consultation. Fasting is important for many diagnostic tests, including abdominal ultrasound, certain blood tests, and anything that requires sedation or anesthesia.

When you arrive for your consultation, one of our internal medicine technicians will greet you in the lobby and escort you to an exam room. The technician will ask a series of questions to get a sense of your pet’s clinical signs, medication and diet history, and your specific goals for the visit. Your pet will be taken to the back for a thorough physical examination, and the internist will return to discuss everything and come up with a plan.

Many diagnostics can occur the day of the visit, including many forms of imaging and bloodwork. Some tests are sent out to specialized laboratories and can take days to weeks to return. In some cases, a procedure may occur same-day as well, but some procedures do require advanced preparation, special equipment, or more time than a same-day visit will allow.

To facilitate diagnostics and procedures, your pet may need to stay at the hospital for several hours. When your pet is ready to be discharged, you will go home with comprehensive instructions and a follow-up plan.

We will approach your pet’s care as a team and come up with this plan together.