Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians have significant expertise in identifying and treating difficult situations ranging from brain and nervous system problems to lung illness and malignancies.
At Rivergate Veterinary Clinic, 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.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an internal condition, your vet will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your pet to diagnose the issue and create a detailed treatment plan customized to their needs.
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.
Dr. Cavanagh is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Vet serving New York area pets. If, even with his support, we aren't able to diagnose your dog or cat's internal medicine checks, we will be happy to refer you to a specialized veterinary service and collaborate with them to ensure your companion gets the best care possible.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Rivergate Veterinary Clinic in New York understands the financial investment and personal commitment that go into breeding companion animals properly.
If your animal is experiencing reproductive difficulties, our vets will work to diagnose the issue and offer appropriate treatment options to help resolve the problem.
- Immunology (immune system disorders)
Your pet's immune system is responsible for detecting foreign invaders or abnormal cells and beginning defensive action to protect the animal's health. That said, the immune system doesn't always work as it should, in which case your pet will be diagnosed with an immune-mediated disorder.
Common immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats include anemia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, allergies, and skin diseases.
- Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
The respiratory system of your pet is responsible for supplying oxygen to the body and removing waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats do not sweat like humans, your pet's respiratory system is also important in controlling body temperature.
There are a number of common pulmonary disorders seen 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 issue seen by our New York veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.
Pets suffering from GI problems 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 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.
Some of the most common cancers in dogs include mast cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, and bone cancer. In cats, some of the most common cancers include lymphoma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians and board-certified internal medicine specialist, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near New York.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
Veterinary internal medicine also covers urology conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
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)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to the hard work of a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. When your pet's endocrine system isn't working the way it should, symptoms can include skin problems and poor coat condition.
- Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders)
Neurology is a subspecialty of veterinary internal medicine that deals with brain and spinal cord disorders as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Seizures, IVDD, and tumors are some of 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 internal medicine specialist and team of experienced vets, we will be happy to refer you to a veterinary neurologist near New York. Our vets will work closely with them to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Internal Medicine Specialist Care
Your pet's health is our highest priority. At Rivergate Veterinary Clinic, we have a board-certified internal medicine specialist on staff to provide your pet with the highest possible quality of veterinary care. Dr. Paul Cavanagh is proud to have your trust when it comes to complex internal medicine cases affecting your beloved pet.
If your pet does need a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to another trusted veterinary internal medicine specialist near New York.
Laboratory & Diagnostics
We support our comprehensive approach to dog and cat internal medicine with 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.
New Patients Welcome
Rivergate Veterinary Clinic is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of New York companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.