Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood's veterinarians provide diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of internal medicine conditions in dogs and cats, from breed disorders and gastrointestinal infections to issues affecting their immune systems.

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Internal Conditions

Veterinary internal medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, conditions and disorders that affect your animal's internal systems.

Our veterinary team bring extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging internal medicine cases to the table, from lung disease and tumors to issues with animal nervous systems.

At Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal. 

We are capable of managing patients suffering from multiple diseases or conditions. We are also able to provide effective treatment alternatives for patients that don't respond well to standard treatments. 

Internal Medicine for Cats & Dogs, Stanwood

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. 

    If your vet is unable to diagnose or treat your dog or cat's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we can book you an appointment with a traveling cardiologist that we have access to in our Stanwood hospital. We will work with this specialist to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. 

  • Reproductive Issues

    The team of veterinary professionals at Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood knows the financial investment and commitment that is required to breed animals safely and 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 what is responsible for detecting foreign invaders and abnormal cells in their body and starting defensive action in order to protect their health. While that is the case, in some cases your pet's immune system doesn't work as it should and they 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)

    Your pet's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases such as carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, your pet's respiratory system also plays a key role in regulating 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 Stanwood veterinarians. GI conditions affect your pet's stomach and intestines, interfering with the animal's ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients.

    Pets that are suffering from gastrointestinal issues often experience symptoms like blood in their stool, vomiting, abdominal pain, weight loss and a loss of appetite. 

  • Oncology (tumors and cancer)

    Cancer is a disease that can impact even the fittest humans and animals. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, in many cases cancers in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.

    Some of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in dogs include melanoma, bone cancer, lymphoma and mast cell tumors. In cats, the most common cancers are feline leukemia virus (FeLV), skin cancer, mammary cancer and lymphoma. 

    If your pet requires diagnosis or cancer care beyond the scope of our skilled veterinarians, we will refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist near Stanwood.  

  • 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.

    Your pet's urinary tract consists of their kidneys, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, the bladder, and the urethra that conducts urine out of your animal's body. Urinary tract disorders can affect any part of this system.  

  • Endocrinology (glands and their functions)

    Thanks to the hard work of a number of glands, essential hormones and secreted into your pet's body. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system. 

    When your companion's endocrine system is working properly, symptoms may include skin issues and poor coat condition.  

  • Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders) 

    Neurology is a branch of veterinary internal medicine covering conditions of the brain and spinal cord as well as neuromuscular dysfunction. Some of the most common neurological disorders in dogs and cats include seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), and tumors.

    If your animal requires diagnoses or care for neurologic conditions that are beyond the scope of our experienced veterinarians, we will be happy to refer you to an animal internal medicine specialist or veterinary neurologist near Stanwood. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.

Specialist Referrals

Rest assured that your pet's health is our number one priority.

This extends to when your companion requires a procedure or expertise that we aren't able to provide. If this is the case, our vets will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist. 

We will work closely with them to ensure your dog or cat gets the care they need and deserve.

Laboratory & Diagnostics

We support our comprehensive approach to cat and dog internal medicine with the advanced testing and tools available through our in-house diagnostic lab. 

Our in-house veterinary lab is equipped with the technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.  

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