At Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital in La Mesa California, our vets provide treatment for internal health complications afflicting the immune system, the brain, vital organs, and more.

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions

Veterinary internal medicine is an umbrella term that governs the treatment of varied conditions including, but not limited to, disorders of the brain and nervous system; lung, heart, and kidney disease; immune system failure, and malignant tumors. 

Our well-rounded staff has a strong work ethic, a desire to keep learning, good problem-solving skills, and unmatched attention to detail. It is these traits combined with our experience diagnosing and treating difficult cases that give us the tools needed to care for our patients. Our in-house lab privileges us with the opportunity to offer varied and comprehensive treatment for our patients.

Cat & Dog Internal Medicine in La Mesa

Symptoms of Internal Conditions in Pets

Our veterinary internists in La Mesa use veterinary internal medicine to accurately diagnose and treat a variety of conditions affecting companion animals.

If your pet has developed an internal condition, they may experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe. You may also notice some behavioral changes.

If you notice that your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed here, they may have an internal condition that requires ongoing care from our vets. It is vital that pet owners learn the signs of a serious condition or illness.

Please don't hesitate to contact our internal medicine vets in La Mesa to schedule an examination for your pet if they begin to display any concerning symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms of internal conditions include:

  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Swelling of the body
  • Change in appetite
  • Poor elimination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Persistent coughing
  • Weakness or fragility

Vet Internal Medicine Conditions

If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their needs. 

Our veterinarians diagnose and treat internal ailments such as the following:

  • Cardiology (heart-related disorders)

    Like people, dogs and cats can suffer from heart diseases and disorders. With the technology in our in-house vet lab, our vets can examine your pet for signs of heart conditions so that you have results quickly. Fast results mean starting treatment sooner. 

    If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our vet internal medicine checks we will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near La Mesa, and work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. 

  • Reproductive Issues

    Our team of veterinary professionals at Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital in La Mesa understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly. If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem. 

  • Immunology (immune system disorders)

    Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will 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)

    Your pet's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating body temperature.

    There are a number of 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)

    Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a common internal medicine issue seen by our La Mesa veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly 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 impact even the fittest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.

    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, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), 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 La Mesa.  

  • 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.

    Your pet's urinary tract consists of their 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 any part of this system.  

  • Endocrinology (glands and their functions)

    Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition. 

  • 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, IVDD, and tumors.

    If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near La Mesa. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.

Specialist Referrals

Your pet's health is our highest priority, always.

If your pet's condition requires treatment beyond the scope of our practice, we will refer you to a specialist near our La Mesa location

As your primary care veterinarian, we will stay in contact with your specialist and work together with them to ensure their care follows a continuity of high-class care.

Laboratory & 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 is equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner. 

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