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Veterinary Internal Medicine
Treats Serious Pet Health Problems

Internal medicine treats the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. Because your pet can’t tell us when he or she doesn’t feel well, it is important to notice changes in regular behavior, appetite, or even how active he or she is. These may be signs that something is wrong.

Seeing these changes can sometimes indicate multiple health problems. Because many pets are living longer than ever before, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are now coping with many diseases at one time. This can be very difficult to manage. As an example, your diabetic cat also could be experiencing kidney failure or a senior dog may be diagnosed with cancer after we are already treating him for heart disease.

Some of these common diseases are most effectively treated with the internal medicine approach:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Immune-related disorders
  • Kidney dysfunction

Internal medicine doesn’t only apply to senior pets. Younger animals may develop an illness that was once considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable using this approach.

Veterinary Endocrinology Treatment & Care for Your Pet

Endocrinology involves the study of hormones and their effect on your pet. At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we diagnose and treat many common endocrine disorders that are found in dogs and cats.

If your pet is suffering from an illness associated with the endocrine system, you may notice several signs.

These symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following
  • Energy levels that are out of the ordinary
  • Coat changes
  • Abnormal behaviors
  • Drinking too little or too much
  • Urinating more or less
  • Changes in eating behavior
  • Excessive panting
  • Skin disorders
  • Weight gain or loss
Some endocrine diseases include
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Estrogen Deficiency Urinary Incontinence

If left untreated, these diseases can have devastating effects on your pet’s health, but early diagnosis and treatment can be very effective.

Lifelong Treatment for Your Pet

Once diagnosed, treatment for endocrine disorders involves lifelong home care. We will work with you to develop the most effective treatment regimen and will take the time to explain and show you how to administer the medications to your pet.