Diagnosing and solving complex pet care needs
Internal medicine refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the internal organs. It is a dynamic and diverse specialty that includes cardiology (diseases of the heart and circulatory system), endocrinology (hormonal dysfunction), gastroenterology and hepatology (diseases of the gut, liver, and pancreas), hematology & immunology (abnormalities of blood cells and the body’s protective mechanisms), infectious disease, neurology (disorders involving the nervous system), respiratory problems (nose, airway and lung diseases), urology (kidney and urinary tract disease), and more.
Internists – not to be confused with interns – are specialists that have undergone extensive training in the field of internal medicine. More simply, internists are veterinarians with a knack for solving complex puzzles using cutting edge and minimally-invasive tools.
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Types of Internal Medicine
Internal medicine includes multiple disciplines, such as:
- Infectious disease
Our veterinarian can diagnose acute, severe, and chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as provide care for conditions where several different disease processes are involved.
Our approach to internal medicine
Our veterinarians try to create a complete picture of your pet’s health issues before administering treatment, much like solving a jigsaw puzzle. We collect and match the many necessary pieces of information from patient history, clinical signs, lab results, and imaging studies to special testing.
Our team is highly skilled in diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions. Our doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to improve patients’ lives through:
- Advanced imaging, including abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, echocardiogram, and computed tomography (CT)
- Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration
- Critical case management in our intensive care unit
- Endoscopy, including bronchoscopy, cystoscopy and vaginoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy, laparoscopy, and rhinoscopy
- Feeding tube placements
- Management of endocrine conditions, including adrenal, glucose, parathyroid, and thyroid disorders
- Stricture dilation and injection (colonic, esophageal, nasopharyngeal)
- Transtracheal/endotracheal washes
- Tumor biopsies and fine needle aspirates
Whether your pet needs advanced imaging, a cutting-edge procedure, or simply a fresh pair of eyes to sort through confusing test results, Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga is your best choice for quick results and compassionate care.
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