Veterinary Internal Medicine in Ames
At Somerset Animal Hospital, we know pets. This means we can do more than typical pet procedures like spaying and neutering or administering vaccinations. We also specialize in internal pet medicine to give you and your animal companion the best service possible. Your pet may not be able to tell you something hurts or feels off, but oftentimes it can. Pets are actually so good at adapting to illness and chronic medical conditions that their discomfort can easily go unnoticed to untrained eyes. By running the appropriate tests and utilizing expertise, the team at Somerset can diagnose and treat a wide range of illness and pain in your fur-baby.
Looking Closer with Diagnostics
Internal pet medicine includes a thorough examination as well as advanced testing and diagnostics to look even deeper into what may be ailing your pet. Conditions like liver disease in cats and dogs, and Cushing’s disease in dogs require complex diagnostic analysis. For example, to accurately diagnose Cushing’s disease we must run preliminary tests on your pet’s urine and blood to look for unusually high concentrations of a liver enzyme. Then, tests that require several steps in our lab must be ran to verify the presence of a tumor in your pet’s pituitary or adrenal glands. By using our expertise and diagnostics, we can pin-point many diseases and illnesses. Some medical conditions may require the use of ultrasound, X-rays, and EKG machines. Whatever the case may be, we’re ready to handle all your pet’s internal medical needs.
Some of the conditions we can accurately diagnose or give a second opinion on include:
- Hyper/hypo thyroid disease
- Acute and chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Allergies/skin diseases
- Congestive heart failure
- Feline lower urinary tract disease and urethral obstruction
Signs of Illness in Your Pet
As a pet owner, you can look out for some of the signs your companion may be suffering from a chronic medical condition as well. Certain diseases show dramatic changes in your pet’s health or behavior, while others may have more subtle symptoms. If you notice any of the following signs, call us at (515) 292-0400 for complete internal pet medicine testing or emergency service.
Signs of illness include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Swollen joints
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble urinating or defecating
- Coughing or sneezing
Please contact us with any questions about internal pet medicine or whether your pet may have a chronic medical condition. We’re here to keep the pets of Ames happy and healthy.