In the veterinary profession, internal medicine is the trickiest, best described as working on a jigsaw puzzle. In order to create a complete picture of your pet’s health, internists collect and match the many pieces of information they can glean from the patient’s history, clinical signs, lab results and imaging studies, and special testing.
Happy Tails has doctors trained to diagnose severe, chronic illnesses and complicated conditions in which several different disease processes may be involved. They treat conditions involving the blood and circulatory system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, the heart, kidneys and bladder, reproductive organs and respiratory tract.
Our diagnostic and imaging technology is very advanced and state of the art.
- Ultrasound allows many body organs and systems to be visualized, including the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney, pancreas and bladder.
- Endoscopy allows us to examine and collect biopsy specimens from the lungs, stomach, small intestine, colon and nose. In addition, foreign objects your pet has swallowed frequently can be retrieved by endoscopy, making surgery unnecessary.
- X-ray especially useful in visualising the bony structures of the body and aids in identifying problems or lesions in the chest and abdominal cavity.
Conditions and illnesses we often diagnose and treat:
- Blood abnormalities such as anemia
- Feline asthma and canine bronchitis
- Fevers and weight loss
- Gastrointestinal problems and conditions that may produce diarrhea and vomiting, including inflammatory bowel disease and protein-losing enteropathy
- Hormonal abnormalities such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease
- Immune system problems
- Infections and infectious diseases
- Internal organ dysfunctions involving the liver, spleen or pancreas
- Kidney failure and urinary problems with or without hemodialysis
- Lung and respiratory difficulties including plural and pericardial effusions
- Problems associated with aging
- Trauma and injuries