Internal Vet Specialist
Our internal medicine services at the Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center cover a variety of health concerns for your pet. Our doctors see patients on a referral basis from general practitioners and strive to manage your pet’s health concerns in communication with your family veterinarian. A collaborative, team approach with the referring veterinarian is employed to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.
The internal medicine department often treats conditions that are unusual, difficult to manage or have associated complications that require more advanced diagnostics and/or therapies. These conditions may include but are not limited to:
Evaluation and treatment of hormonal conditions including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease, thyroid related disorders and calcium/electrolyte disorders.
Evaluation and treatment of conditions of the gastrointestinal tract including stomach, small intestines, large intestines, liver, and pancreas.
Evaluation and treatment of respiratory disease (including upper airway disease and lower airway or lung disease such as asthma or pneumonia), heart disease, and systemic hypertension. Our internal medicine team will consult with the cardiology team where appropriate.
Kidney disease and urinary tract disorders
Evaluation and advanced treatment of kidney failure, kidney disease, proteinuria and lower urinary tract disease.
Evaluation and treatment of blood and bone marrow related disease (anemia and other disorders of both red and white blood cells).
Evaluation and treatment of a variety of tick borne, bacterial, fungal and other infectious diseases.
Evaluation and treatment of seizures and other medical neurological disorders. We will consult with neurologists at Mission Veterinary Specialists or Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists where necessary.
Our internal medicine team works in conjunction with a highly skilled team of radiologist’s to fully understand the patient’s history and clinical findings to allow optimal diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic recommendations based on the whole clinical picture. Collection of tissue samples is facilitated by ultrasound guided techniques as well as fluid collection from body cavities (abdominocentesis, thoracocentesis and pericardiocentesis).
Endoscopic evaluation including gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, and rhinoscopy. Endoscopic evaluation is considered a minimally invasive procedure which allows visualization of the organ of interest via video and facilitates the ability to obtain biopsies and other samples for diagnostic purposes.
Bone marrow aspiration procedures. Bone marrow samples are often needed for evaluation of animals with anemia and other disorders related to red or white blood cells.
Internists work in conjunction with other specialists including surgeons, neurologists, cardiologists and oncologists to best determine the diagnostic procedures needed to obtain a diagnosis in complicated medical cases. This allows full consideration of the patient as a whole. In addition, your internist will devise a treatment plan to best address the health concerns of your pet and will work closely with you and your family veterinarian.
For more information, please speak to your referring veterinarian or call 512-343-2837.
Our Internal Medicine service is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm.
Appointments can be scheduled for Monday through Saturday during regular business hours by calling 512-343-2837. We recommend speaking to your primary care veterinarian about a referral before making an appointment. We do recommend scheduling as soon as you can as appointments tend to fill up 1-2 weeks in advance.
We recommend that you bring all medications in their containers (or a list of those medications) that you pet has been taking. In general, medications do NOT need to be stopped before your appointment. Also, please bring any records (blood work results, x-rays, etc.) that you have from your veterinarian – even if they already sent them over. It is always best to have copies with you in case the information does not make it here prior to your appointment. All animals should be fasted the morning of the appointment or we may not be able to perform certain diagnostics that day. The exception is animals who have diabetes – they should be fed and receive their insulin as usual.
We know how hard it can be to be away from your pet. If your pet has to stay in our hospital, you can certainly visit. Our visitation hours are between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call ahead and we will arrange the best time to visit with your pet.