When you’re pet isn’t feeling their best, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may want to take your pet to the vet, but are unsure what kind of care they need. One type of veterinary service that might be right for you and your pet is Internal Medicine. Internal Medicine focuses on diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or gastrointestinal tract.
Often times pets with chronic illnesses will benefit from an Internal Medicine evaluation from a specialist. This type of specialty care is often needed when trying to diagnose complex medical issues or when treatments need special consideration due to the age or underlying medical conditions of a pet. Internists are also skilled in interpreting complicated laboratory results and determining when additional testing might be necessary for specific health concerns.
Some signs that it may be time for your pet to visit an internist include:
• Chronic vomiting
• Chronic diarrhea
• Weight loss
• Difficulty breathing
• Poor coat condition and persistent skin infections
• Decreased appetite
• Weakness or lethargy
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, then it may be time for a visit with an internist at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists in Lagunitas Northern California Bay area . An initial appointment typically starts by obtaining a detailed history about the animal’s health status as well as discussing previous tests results that have been performed and medications that your pet has been receiving. Once that information has been gathered your internist will perform a physical examination on your pet and determine if additional tests such as laboratory work or imaging studies need to be done in order to get more information about the underlying cause of illness.
Your internist at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists will strive to provide you with clear communication regarding diagnosis and treatment options while always keeping in mind how best those treatments fit into the quality of life plan for you and your beloved companion animal . Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, our veterinarians will provide advanced diagnostic services including ultrasound, endoscopy, nuclear medicine scintigraphy (SPECT scans), computed tomography (CT scans) , echocardiography ( cardiac ultrasound) , minimally invasive procedures such as thoracoscopy & laparoscopy , interventional radiology & nuclear medicine therapies .
All pets deserve access to quality veterinary care so they can lead healthy lives free from pain or discomfort . If you think your furry family member could benefit from Internal Medicine services, contact us at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists today! With specialized expertise in both general practice & board certified specialty services we are dedicated providing comprehensive care for all stages of life & all breeds throughout the Northern California Bay area , Lagunitas & beyond !