Veterinary internal medicine involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the major systems of an animal’s body. Examples include gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory illnesses, kidney and liver diseases, autoimmune conditions, and infectious diseases.
Pets are masters at hiding pain and illness, and early warning signs are often vague and can correspond to more than one condition. Subtle changes in your pet’s behavior, mobility, and eating or bathroom habits can indicate a much larger problem and shouldn’t be ignored. Early detection is critical and can greatly improve your pet’s chances of a full recovery.
Routine bloodwork ordered during your pet’s wellness exam is a valuable tool because it can help us identify your pet’s unique “reference intervals.” Over time, we can spot trends in your pet’s parameters and detect when these parameters change.
At Ballantrae Plaza Veterinary Clinic, we are equipped to diagnose your pet’s condition swiftly and accurately with our in-house diagnostic capabilities and to provide a treatment plan that’s tailored to your pet’s unique needs.
Since many diseases and conditions can escalate quickly, it’s important to seek medical treatment for your pet right away if you spot any unusual symptoms or behaviors.
Please contact us immediately if your pet exhibits any of the following:
- Weakness or lethargy
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
- Excessive vomiting
- Incessant scratching/red, swollen skin
- Changes in behavior
- Exercise intolerance
- Excessive thirst