Pets can’t tell us when they’re sick or what their symptoms are, and sometimes the cause of certain illnesses can be difficult to diagnose. Here at Memphis Veterinary Specialists, we offer internal medicine services and care for sick pets that are referred to us by their veterinarians. We use state-of-the-art imaging technology to examine organs and soft tissues non-invasively. Our veterinary internal medicine specialists have advanced training in the area of veterinary internal medicine, including a one-year internship and a three-year residency after veterinary school.
As a practice, we strive to provide continuity of care, compassion, and the highest quality diagnostics available for your four-legged friend. Our team-oriented approach allows us to formulate a well-balanced diagnostic plan tailored to your pet’s needs, as well as a comprehensive and coordinated course of treatment.
What Is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine involves diagnosing and treating conditions that are related to the internal systems of the body, with careful consideration to the symptoms that are present. Veterinary internal medicine specialists are skilled at diagnosing and treating diseases of the immune, cardiovascular, pulmonary, urinary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems in a safe, compassionate manner. If a pet has symptoms or an illness that cannot be diagnosed or treated by your family veterinarian, he/she can be referred to an internal medicine specialist for more advanced care.
We work closely with your regular veterinarian, including the gathering of any X-rays or test results, before we examine your pet. We will then assess the pet’s symptoms (vomiting, increased urination, decreased appetite, etc.) to make a diagnosis. The following is a list of the technology and internal medicine services that we offer at Memphis Veterinary Specialists:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Bone marrow biopsy & aspiration
- Joint aspirates
- CSF analysis
- CT scan
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Radioactive iodine therapy (I-131)*
*This radioactive treatment (rare in Memphis) is used for cats to kill benign tumors in their thyroid glands. It aids in the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism, endoscopic placement of feeding tubes, and endoscopy retrieval of foreign objects from the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. With a 95% success rate, I-131 is the simplest and most effective course of treatment for hyperthyroidism.
For more information about our internal medicine services, please contact our internal medicine coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.