Diagnosis & Treatment
Veterinary internal medicine involves the treatment of various diseases and conditions that affect our pet's internal systems.
Our veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of challenging cases, from disorders of the brain and nervous system to lung disease and tumors.
At Brookfield Pet Hospital Plus, we have modern diagnostic tools, equipment, and treatment methods to use to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
We can manage pets that are experiencing multiple conditions or disorders and provide specialized treatment methods in cases that require a more unique approach.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If you notice that your pet is showing signs and symptoms of conditions relating to internal medicine, your vet will visit with your pet and perform a comprehensive physical exam and run diagnostic testing to determine the condition and create a detailed treatment plan unique to their needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Heart disease and disorders can be a common occurrence among some animals. Using the equipment available in our in-house vet lab, our vets can perform a full internal and external exam on your pet to look for signs of heart conditions and provide a quick diagnosis. Quick results mean beginning treatment earlier.
There may be circumstances that don't allow for our veterinarians to provide treatment to your pet, in these cases we will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Fountain Valley and collaborate which this specialist to continue to provide the best care possible for your pet.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Brookfield Pet Hospital Plus in Fountain Valley understands that breeding companion animals properly is an immense commitment in many different ways and you will want the best care possible for your animal. If your animal has been diagnosed with reproductive difficulties, our vets will work together with you to offer appropriate treatment options to help treat the condition they are affected by.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is incredibly important as it is responsible for quickly detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect your pet. That said, there may be times that the immune system isn't working as well as it should, in these situations your vet will diagnose your pet with an immune-mediated disorder.
Some of the most common immune-mediated disorders that may affect your pet include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system plays an essential role in the health of your pet by delivering oxygen throughout the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in allowing your pet to regulate its body temperature.
Some of the common respiratory system disorders that may affect your dogs include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Cats can also become afflicted by pulmonary disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are incredibly common and are disorders that are frequently seen by our Fountain Valley veterinarians. GI conditions will affect your pet's stomach and digestive system causing the inability of your animal to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Some of the most common symptoms experienced by pets suffering from GI disorders are blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer can develop and affect any animal regardless of species, age, or health. When diagnosed quickly while it is still considered early, most animals can be treated using a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods to slow or stop the spread entirely.
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, mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires advanced or specialized diagnostic testing or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Fountain Valley.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Your vet will use testing and diagnostics within the realm of internal medicine to address 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 its 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 anything that is within this part of the body.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are needed for the body to function properly. These hormones are carried around your pet's body thanks to the hard work of a variety of glands. These glands and hormones are a part of your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't functioning properly it might cause signs and symptoms that can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology focuses on conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. There are many neurological disorders but some of the most common that are seen in animals might include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
Occasionally your pet may require care that is beyond what our experienced veterinarians can offer, we will happily refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Fountain Valley. We will always put the health of your pet first in any situation.
At Brookfield Pet Hospital Plus, your pet's health is our top priority.
Occasionally there may be the need for a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, in these cases we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Fountain Valley.
In some cases, we can also provide the services of a traveling specialist at Brookfield Pet Hospital Plus when the need arises.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We maintain a comprehensive approach to veterinary internal medicine using our modern equipment, advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
We can conduct tests on-site using our in-house veterinary lab that is well equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet quickly and accurately to develop a treatment plan sooner.