Bonnie Werner Murphy, DVM, DACVIM
It is not uncommon for animals to have multiple overlapping complicated medical conditions that affect their comfort and their quality of life. These challenging problems can be difficult to both diagnose and treat. When your pet’s medical problems are complex, when there are multiple components to balance, or when your pet does not respond well to typical treatment of a common disorder, your family veterinarian may recruit the assistance of a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist (Internist).
Internists have undergone advanced education and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in order to provide you with the latest diagnostic and treatment options, giving your pet the best chance for a positive outcome. Internists strive to provide you with the information necessary to make an informed decision, including an understanding of the disease or diseases that are affecting your pet, the diagnostic options, the treatment goals, and the prognosis. Internists are trained to perform skilled procedures that help in the diagnosis of internal problems including ultrasound, gastrointestinal endoscopy (gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy), bronchoscopy (lungs), rhinoscopy (nasal passages), and cystoscopy (urinary tract). Our internists also have additional training in tracheal stent placement, a procedure used to manage dogs with tracheal collapse that have not responded to aggressive medical therapy. Internists are an integral part of the professional team that is available to you with the goal of providing your pet with the best life possible.
Veterinary Internists commonly diagnose and treat internal diseases that affect the following systems (as provided by the http://www.acvim.org website):
Endocrinology: Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism), Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism), diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, insulinoma, canine hypothyroidism, and feline hyperthyroidism.
Gastroenterology: Disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, pancreas, liver, and biliary tract.
Hematology: Red blood cell, platelet, and white blood cell disorders, blood transfusion therapy.
Immunology: Immune-mediated diseases, immunodeficiency diseases.
Infectious Diseases: Bacterial, bartonella, fungal, mycoplasma, protozoal, rickettsial, mycobacterial, and viral diseases.
Nephrology/Urology: Disorders of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, prostate, and reproductive tract.
Respiratory disease: Disorders of the nasal cavity, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs.
Please consult your veterinarian if you feel that your pet’s healthcare would benefit from consultation with a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.
Internal Medicine Specialists at Animal Emergency Medical Center:
Monday – Friday
Please call (310) 325 3000 to schedule appointments and to obtain additional information.
Animal Emergency Medical Center
Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
3511 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite A
Torrance, California 90505
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