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Econ River Animal Hospital has two locations, one in Sanford and one in Orlando. At either clinic, we have a veterinarian who underwent specialized training in internal medicine. Our veterinary clinics treat pets who suffer from various internal conditions and infections. We conduct the diagnostic testing as well as the actual treatment.
Internal medicine is a term that describes a branch of medicine dealing with your pet's internal components. This form of veterinary medicine examines and treats the bodily systems including the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurologic systems. Internal medicine is a field that focuses on diagnosing, treating and monitoring conditions that occur inside of the body. Additionally, internal medicine deals with gastroenterology, hematology, oncology, immunology, nephrology, urology and even infectious disease. A veterinarian who specializes in internal medicine has specialized training that allows him to treat internal problems more thoroughly. A vet who specializes in internal medicine is able to diagnose and treatment more complicated conditions than a standard veterinarian.
The conditions treated through veterinary internal medicine include, but aren't limited to, the following:
At Econ River Animal Hospital, we offer our internal medicine patients a wide range of diagnostics and treatments. We may use ultrasound technology to view inside of the body. This type of testing allows us to find issues like tumors, cysts or abscesses early enough to treat them. We may use ultrasound technology to view inside the heart or lungs. Our veterinarian may conduct an endoscopy. This allows us to see inside of the digestive tract via a flexible tube with a camera on the end of it. It's inserted through the mouth or rectum. We also conduct tests such as bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, fluoroscopy, and cystoscopy. We even do biopsies that allow us to test a mass to determine if it's benign or malignant. Our diagnostics allow us to examine the heart and the rest of the cardiovascular system to detect issues like clots. Our joint fluid analysis helps to diagnose conditions like arthritis. We're able to conduct the necessary blood work to monitor the function of your pet's liver. Additionally, through a blood analysis, we can determine if your pet is nutrient deficient.
Internal medicine isn't just about the medicines we prescribe. We do prescribe antibiotics, hypertension medications, and diuretics, just to name a few. If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, we're able to prescribe insulin. We may need to adjust the dosage, but we'll continuously work to manage your pet's blood sugar effectively. However, internal medicine is more than just about the medications we prescribe. We want to help your pet heal in every way we can. This means we may recommend lifestyle changes that help your pet to recover and live a longer, healthier life. We advise you on nutritional changes you can make for your pet that assists with weight management and making your pet healthier overall. We recommend ways you can make your pet more comfort if they have a chronic condition.