Small Animal Internal Medicine
San Francisco Veterinary Internal Medicine?
Specialists in small animal internal medicine are specially trained in diagnosis and the treatment of chronic or complex health conditions. Patients with uncommon, difficult to manage, or multiple coexisting medical conditions can greatly benefit from the care of a veterinary internist. At AIMSS, our goal is to get your pet better and home as fast as possible through thorough diagnostics and effective treatments.
What Makes AIMSS Special?
The AIMSS internal medicine team collaborates with our other specialists to develop the best treatment plan for your pet. For example, if a sick pet is brought into AIMSS and cancer is suspected, the oncologist becomes immediately involved in the case. Patients not only benefit from the internist’s foremost skills in diagnosis, but also they get faster treatment by experts in the condition.
What Does Board-Certified Mean?
Veterinary internal medicine professionals have specialized training and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Internists receive supplementary training in diagnostic techniques, equipment (advanced imaging, ultrasound, endoscopy, CT scan, MRI, etc.), and laboratory testing.
What Conditions Benefit From Animal Internal Medicine?
The internal medicine specialty encompasses a wide range of disorders, and services include evaluation and treatment of:
- Gastrointestinal disease (vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, loss of appetite)
- Hormonal conditions (including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease)
- Respiratory conditions (chronic cough, asthma, pneumonia, collapsing trachea)
- Liver diseases
- Urinary tract diseases (including kidney and bladder conditions)
- Cardiac (heart) diseases
- Hematologic conditions (disorders of blood cells) and immune system disorders
- Infectious conditions (bacterial, viral, fungal, and tick-borne diseases)
Complicated Conditions Warrant Added Care
Long-term care is often necessary for pets that see an internist, so a strong client/patient–doctor relationship is an important part of healing and treatment. AIMSS is dedicated to providing the medical expertise your pet deserves, complete with compassion and understanding.
If your pet is experiencing a health concern that your family veterinarian cannot resolve, we would like to help and encourage you to call us.