Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating difficult cases ranging from brain and nervous system disorders to lung disease and tumors.
At Pfennig Lane Animal Hospital, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives for those who do not respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam to diagnose the problem and develop a detailed treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Dogs and cats, like humans, can suffer from heart disease and disorders. Our veterinarians can examine your pet for signs of heart disease using the technology in our in-house vet lab, allowing you to receive results quickly. Rapid results imply that treatment can begin sooner.
If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks we will be sure to forward you to an internist vet near Pflugerville and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our veterinary team at Pfennig Lane Animal Hospital in Pflugerville understands the financial investment and personal commitment required to properly breed companion animals. If your animal is having reproductive problems, our veterinarians will work to diagnose the problem and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve it.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system of your pet is in charge of detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and initiating defensive action to protect the animal's health. However, the immune system does not always function properly, and your pet may be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system of your pet is responsible for delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats do not sweat like humans, your pet's respiratory system is also important in regulating body temperature.
There are several common pulmonary disorders seen in dogs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors.
Common pulmonary disorders in cats include asthma, bronchitis, parasitic worms, bacterial infections, and viruses.
- Gastroenterology (digestive organs)
GI disorders are a common internal medicine problem seen by our Pflugerville veterinarians. GI disorders affect your pet's stomach and intestines, impairing the animal's ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets suffering from GI problems often experience symptoms such as blood in stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that can affect even the most physically fit humans and animals. Cancers in dogs and cats can often be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods if detected early.
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 diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Pflugerville.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
The urinary tract of your pet is made up of the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra, which transports urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract problems can affect any part of the urinary system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Several glands work hard to secrete essential hormones into your pet's body. The endocrine system of your pet is made up of these glands and hormones. Skin problems and poor coat conditions can occur when your pet's endocrine system is not functioning properly.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine covering conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), and tumors.
We will gladly refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Pflugerville if your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians. Our veterinarians will collaborate closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Your pet's health is our highest priority. We have access to numerous resources and partners, and opportunities to refer your pet to a specialist if needed.
We will refer you to an experienced veterinary internist near Pflugerville if your pet requires a procedure or expertise that we do not provide.
Lab & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab has the technology required to quickly diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition so that treatment can begin.