Diagnosing & Treating Internal Conditions
Veterinary internal medicine involves treating diseases and disorders of animals' internal systems.
Our veterinarians are extensively experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases, including disorders of the brain and nervous system, lung disease, and tumors.
At Holland Veterinary Hospitals, we have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at our disposal.
We can provide treatment and management plans for patients with multiple diseases or disorders, and provide effective treatment alternatives when appropriate.
Internal Medicine Conditions
If your pet displays signs 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 with their needs in mind.
Our veterinarians can diagnose and treat diseases and disorders in the following areas:
- Cardiology (heart-related disorders)
Dogs, cats, and other pets can suffer from heart diseases and disorders just as humans can. 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 pet's heart condition as part of our internal medicine checks, we will refer you to a specialist near Hattiesburg and Wiggins and work with them to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.
- Reproductive Issues
Our team of veterinary professionals at Holland Veterinary Hospitals in Hattiesburg and Wiggins understands the financial and personal investments 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 try to 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 their health. If the immune system doesn't always work as it should your pet may 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)
Like your own, your pet's respiratory system does the essential work of delivering oxygen to the body and eliminating waste gases. Dogs and cats don't sweat the way people do, so 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 commonly seen by our Hattiesburg and Wiggins veterinarians. GI conditions impact 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)
Even the fittest animals and humans can be impacted by cancer. If diagnosed in the earliest stages, many cases of cancer in dogs and cats can be treated with a combination of surgeries, therapies, and other methods.
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, mammary cancer, and skin cancer.
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 Hattiesburg and Wiggins.
- Urology (urinary functions, genitourinary tract)
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.
Veterinary internal medicine addresses conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in cats.
- Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
Essential hormones are secreted into your pet's body thanks to a number of glands. These glands and hormones are your pet's endocrine system, and if said system isn't functioning well symptoms can include skin problems 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, IVDD, and tumors.
If your companion 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 Hattiesburg and Wiggins. Our vets will work closely with your specialist to ensure that your pet receives the best treatment possible.
Your pet's health is our highest priority.
If your pet needs a procedure or expertise that we do not offer, we will refer you to an experienced veterinary internal medicine specialist near Hattiesburg and Wiggins.
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 technology we need to diagnose your pet's internal medicine condition quickly and accurately so that treatment can begin sooner.