General Medicine

We’re here for your pet’s wellness exams and routine appointments. And, if more complicated veterinary problems arise, we have specialized knowledge in diagnosis and treatment. Along with advanced training in your pet’s internal body functions, we make use of the latest equipment and advanced veterinary diagnostics.

More common diseases that require expertise and benefit from veterinary internal medicine are:

  • Cancer—A condition associated with the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells and the leading cause of death in senior dogs and cats.
  • Heart disease—Heart disease includes all disorders that impair the structure and function of the heart and is not always linked to advanced age.
  • Diabetes —Diabetes is a condition that usually develops because of a lack of insulin whereby obesity is a major risk factor.
  • Immune-related disorders
  • Kidney problems - Kidney problems are one of the most common medical concerns in older pets.
  • Neurological disorders
  • Thyroid issues
  • Gastrointestinal disorders—Any condition that impairs the digestion, absorption, or movement of food through the stomach or intestines is considered a gastrointestinal disorder.

Recognizing Disease

How to Recognize Disease in Your Pet

Generally, red flags for illness are changes in digestion, appetite, and body weight. Signs of the more common serious diseases are listed below.

Signs of cancer:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body orifice
  • Offensive odor
  • Difficulty eating, swallowing, or breathing
  • Loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating

Signs of kidney disease:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Depression
  • Frequent urination or no urination
  • Poor hair coat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Signs of diabetes:

  • Weakness
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased and frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in appetite, initially increases and later declines
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Cataracts (in dogs)