Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience detecting and treating challenging circumstances ranging from brain and nervous system disorders to lung disease and cancer.
At Four Corners Veterinary 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.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is displaying symptoms of an internal disease, your veterinarian will do a thorough physical exam to identify the problem and provide a detailed treatment plan tailored to their specific requirements.
Our veterinarians diagnose and treat ailments in the following areas:
- 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 internal medicine checks we will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near Concord or the surrounding area closest to you, and we will work with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
The immune system of your pet is in charge of identifying foreign invaders or aberrant cells and initiating a defensive response to preserve the animal's health. However, the immune system may not always function properly, and your pet may be diagnosed with an immunological-mediated disease.
Anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin illnesses are all common immune-mediated problems in dogs and cats.
- 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.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), canine distemper virus, pneumonia, and lung tumors are all frequent pulmonary diseases in dogs.
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 Concord veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Symptoms of GI issues in pets include blood in the stool, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, stomach discomfort, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Oncology (tumors and cancer)
Cancer is a disease that may affect even the most physically fit humans and animals. Cancers in dogs and cats, when detected early, may often be treated with a mix of surgeries, treatments, and other approaches.
Mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer are some of the most common cancers in dogs. Among the most common feline cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), breast 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 Concord, East Bay, Northern California, or the area closest to you.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Urology problems such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats are also covered by veterinary internal medicine.
The urinary system of your pet is made up of the kidneys, the tubes that bring urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra, which transports pee out of your animal's body. Urinary tract diseases can affect any component of the body's urinary system.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
A variety of glands work hard to release essential hormones into your pet's body. The endocrine system of your pet is made up of these glands and hormones. Skin issues and poor coat quality can occur when your pet's endocrine system is not functioning properly.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a field of veterinary internal medicine that deals with disorders of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Seizures, IVDD, and tumors are among the most prevalent neurological diseases in dogs and cats.
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 Concord, East Bay, Northern California, or the area nearest to you. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist in your area.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine is supplemented by advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the equipment required to swiftly and properly identify your pet's internal medicine issue, so that treatment may begin.