Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine consists of diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of pets' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have years of experience diagnosing and treating complicated cases, from disorders of the nervous system and brain to tumors and lung disease.
At Nolana Animal Hospital, we have a diverse range of diagnostic tools and treatment methods available to us.
We are able to manage patients with multiple diseases or disorders and can provide effective treatment alternatives for cats and dogs that don't respond well to standard procedures.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If you notice your pet displaying any symptoms of an internal medical condition, contact your vet who will be able to implement a complete physical examination of your kitty or pooch to diagnose their issue and develop a customized treatment plan that meets their needs.
Our veterinarians are able to diagnose and treat ailments in the areas below:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Similar to humans, cats and dogs can develop heart disorders and diseases. With the technology we have in our in-house vet lab, our veterinary team can assess your pet for signs of heart conditions and provide you with quick results. Fast results mean your companion's treatment can start sooner.
If your vet can't diagnose or treat your cat or dog's heart condition as part of our internal medicine examinations we will be sure to forward you to a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet near McAllen and work with your specialist to make sure your cat or dog gets the best care possible.
- Reproductive Issues
Our professional team of veterinarians at Nolana Animal Hospital in McAllen knows the financial investment and personal commitment that is involved with properly breeding companion animals. If your animal is having reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the problem and provide you with the appropriate treatment options to help solve the issue.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system has the important job of finding foreign invaders or abnormal cells and starting the defensive actions needed to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it is supposed to, in this case, your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in cats and dogs are anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
Your animal companion's respiratory system works to deliver oxygen to the body and eliminate waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat the same way humans do, your pet's respiratory system also has the job of regulating body temperature.
There are various pulmonary disorders that are common 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 problem that is seen by our McAllen vets. GI conditions impact your cat or dog's stomach and intestines, interfering with their ability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients.
Pets that suffer from GI conditions 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 affect even the fittest animals and people. When cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, dogs and cats can often be treated using a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
A few of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. Some of the more common cancers in cats are skin cancer, mammary cancer, lymphoma, and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
If your cat or dog requires a diagnosis or cancer care beyond the abilities of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near McAllen.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also consists of urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
Your pet's urinary tract contains their bladder, kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can impact 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 various glands. These glands and hormones are your cat or dog's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it's supposed to, symptoms such as skin problems and poor coat condition can develop.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine that includes conditions of the spinal cord and brain as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, IVDD, and tumors.
If your cat or dog needs a diagnosis or treatment for a neurologic condition that is beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near McAllen. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to make sure your cat or dog receives the best possible care.
Our highest priority is the health of Your pet.
If your cat or dog requires a procedure or expertise that we don't offer, we will send you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near McAllen.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
Our approach to cat and dog internal medicine is supported by advanced testing, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures.
Our in-house veterinary lab contains the technology we require to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so we can start treatment as early as possible.