The internal medicine team at Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists is dedicated to providing excellent, kind, and compassionate care to both pets and their people. Dr. Brown is an experienced board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist who believes in a team approach to patient care. She and her technicians work closely with clients, primary veterinarians, and other specialists to formulate the best treatment plan for each pet and family. Because so many of her patients return regularly for follow-up and monitoring, her team strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and calm environment for pets’ visits.
What is a veterinary internal medicine specialist?
Internal medicine is the study and treatment of disorders that can affect body systems or the whole body. A veterinary internal medicine specialist has completed at least four years of additional training after veterinary school, a one-year internship and three-year specialty residency in internal medicine. They have passed rigorous specialty board exams and completed advanced requirements to obtain board certification.
Common conditions treated by internal medicine specialists:
- Hormonal disorders such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, and adrenal gland disease
- Gastrointestinal and pancreatic disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Bone marrow disorders
- Infectious diseases
- Immune-mediated disease
- Respiratory conditions such as chronic cough or asthma
- Nasal disease
Common procedures performed by internal medicine specialists:
- Endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and urinary tract for biopsy assessment or foreign body retrieval
- Placement of feeding tubes for home use
- Bone marrow sampling and testing
What can you expect during your consultation?
Prior to your appointment, all records and testing related to your pet’s diagnosis will be requested. Dr. Brown first reviews all previous diagnostics and performs a thorough exam of your pet. She then will discuss your pet’s condition with you, and together you will formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan. Often, specialized laboratory testing or imaging (Xrays, ultrasound, CT scans) are discussed or recommended. Because of the complexity of most patients’ conditions, multiple visits or planned diagnostics are usually necessary. Follow-up plans are made to ensure that the treatment plans are appropriate and your pet is responding well to therapy.
Staging tests include lab work, lymph node sampling, X-rays, ultrasound and CT scan. Which test or combination of tests is right for your pet is often dependent on tumor type and the family’s goals.