Veterinary Internal Medicine: Diagnostic & Treatment Options for Rochester Pets

internal-medicine Veterinary internal medicine deals with the non-surgical diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the internal organs of animals. Northern Valley Animal Clinic is fortunate to have a team of veterinarians who are experienced in internal medicine and who have access to advanced technology for diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions.

Experienced Veterinary Team

Conditions affecting the internal organs of pets range from parasites to congenital conditions to viral infections and cancer. An experienced veterinary team is a significant benefit to your pets as they can more quickly and accurately diagnose conditions, leading to a faster treatment and recovery time.

Some of the more common internal medicine conditions that our doctors treat include:

  • Infectious disease
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Pet cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Digestive issues

Veterinary Exam

Animals in the wild hide illnesses to avoid attracting the attention of predators. Pets do the same, making it hard for owners to recognize when a pet is in the early stages of disease. For this reason, regular pet wellness exams are crucial to early detection of diseases affecting the internal organs.

In addition to a thorough physical exam, our veterinarians may recommend routine blood work as your pet ages to track any subtle changes in organ function. Detecting changes early allows our doctors to diagnose and treat issues early, allowing for a much better recovery and return to full health.

Veterinary Diagnostics

Northern Valley Animal Clinic is equipped with advanced veterinary diagnostic technology for early detection and treatment of internal medicine issues. Some of our diagnostics include:

  • In-house veterinary lab—Our lab is equipped to analyze blood, urine, fecal, and cell samples for specific diseases, parasites, imbalances, and organ function.
  • Electrocardiography—Our ECG allows us to diagnose heart disease in pets, including issues with pulse rate, valve functioning, strength of the heart muscle, birth defects in the heart, inflammation, or malformation of the heart muscle.
  • Radiology—Veterinary X-rays can be used to detect masses or foreign bodies in pets and location and condition of organs and muscles, as well as internal damage.
  • Ultrasound—Ultrasound can be used to view the internal organs and their functioning without the need for stressful surgery. This diagnostic tool can give our veterinarians clear direction both in diagnosing and treating pet conditions.

Pet Treatment Options

With the vast number of pet ailments possible, a wide variety of treatment options and support systems offers pets the best chances of a complete recovery. We want the advanced technology available today to benefit your pet.

In addition to our complete veterinary pharmacy, Northern Valley Animal Clinic has equipped our treatment area, intensive care, and veterinary surgical suite with advanced patient support systems, including:

  • Intravenous fluid support
  • Pulse oxidation monitoring
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Thermal regulation
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Electrocardiograph (EKG) monitoring

When your pet has an internal medicine issue, trust the experienced veterinary team of Northern Valley Animal Clinic to diagnose, treat, and put your pet back on the path to full health.

“I love when my dog Cash and I walk in the door and everyone greets us by name. It means a lot (to both of us! :)), and shows that you all really do care for your patients and guests. You guys are great! Thanks so much for everything!” -C. Johnson

“I chose Northern Valley when I got my first pet due to the extended hours during the week and on Saturdays. That is very helpful considering I work full time. The vets and techs are fantastic. They know my pets by name and are familiar with their medical history even without their charts in hand. All staff are very sweet to my animals.” -M. Moeller

“The vet was so nice and worked so well with Izzy, who is totally paranoid and afraid of other people. I appreciate his time to answer my questions and tell me how to keep Izzy healthy.” -R. Martin

“Thank you to all the wonderful staff of NVAC! You provide wonderful care to us and our owners. This year, we are particularly grateful for your care of Roger—he retrieved over 100 pheasants this season and is at his physical best—despite Addison s and ACL/broken leg—amazing!!!’ -Roger, Noel, Bella & Kiddy” J.&B. Oviatt

“Loved the tech who cut our dogs' nails. She did an excellent job!!! We have been coming to NVAC since 1992. It is so nice that everyone knows us and our pets. We appreciate all you have done for us over the years---esp. those Westie years!!” -C. Parker-Neiss

“The technician was very attentive and made sure to ask about my dog's weight history (we think there must have been an error on the previous visit). Both the vet and tech were accommodating to my dog's quirks (were very gentle with the ears and did not take the rectal temp as she freaks out and was not sick at the time of the visit). They were very kind to her and offered treats with the vaccinations. Even the receptionist made sure to pet her and offer a treat. My dog was not at all traumatized and was as happy as always when leaving. I felt all my questions were answered and I came away with good knowledge of my dog's health (fortunately it was great). I also bought some Heartguard and Frontline as flea and tick season will be upon us soon.” -L. Estes

“Northern Valley is fantastic. The attention and care that my pets and myself have received has been extraordinary, especially when dealing with a deathly ill animal. I really appreciated that the staff paid attention to my concerns and valued my thoughts and observations as we problem solved and determined treatment. I can't help but wonder if we would have had a negative outcome had I been at another vet. Thanks to the great staff for helping treat my kitty!” -M. Moeller

“Always a wonderful experience. Very professional and kind and friendly staff. Thank you! Vladimir had his hair cut by Shannon and she is amazing! She is kind and gentle with our robust pet. She is a brilliant groomer! We LOVE Shannon. Especially Vladimir.” -S. Palmer-Ziolkowski

“I am soooo very happy with Northern Valley Animal Clinic, and I am very grateful for all the care you all have taken care of all the pets we have had. Boozer, Sammy, Dolly, and now Izzy. I feel very confident in her care with you all. Thanks for being there.” -R. Martin

“The whole staff is awesome!!! Been there for/with me & my furkids in good times & in bad. Also, they are wonderful supporters of rescue groups.” -E. Meinecke

“They have treated me with such kindness. I had to put my little man to sleep, my 11-year-old ferret named Sid. Not only were they gentle and caring about the process, they sent me home with a little paw print keepsake. Thank you so much.” -D. Nicole

“Shannon is the best groomer!!” -M. Smith

“The staff were ALL very kind and seemed to truly like and appreciate the animals they were dealing with, they had good empathy with me and also my dear dog, who was their patient. I feel relieved to know that I have found a good "medical home" for my little animal family, at Northern Valley Animal clinic.” -N. Honeychuck

“We really appreciated being able to call at about 11:30 am on a Saturday and being able to be seen at 12:30 pm the same day. Meant a lot to us!” -J. Hill

“There is nothing more important than making sure that your pet is in good hands when it has a medical problem or needs preventative care. The team at Northern Valley Animal Clinic is wonderful and always treats you and your pets with respect. They have the knowledge and dedication to make sure that your furry family member is well taken care of. Every time we take our shelter animals into the clinic, they are always treated with the best of care and compassion. Thank you Northern Valley for all you do for the homeless animals and Paws and Claws!” -T. Johnson

“Dr. McKie really went above and beyond my expectations. I needed to bring my 2 young inquisitive children with me on the night of our cats' visit, and she let my children hear our pets' heartbeats and answered all of their questions even about animals that weren't even present! Thank you to her for giving us such a fun and exciting experience. My kids are still talking about it! Thanks again to all of the staff who made our night with their friendly service and willingness to answer questions!” -T . Tollefson

“Thank you, Thank you for the awesome grooming on my dear Ginger. My wife and I trust no one with our girl. Shannon was kind and warm to her which in turn made us very comfortable leaving Ginger in her care. Gin looked great when we picked her up and she did not seem to mind her ordeal at all. You guys are wonderful and we will be back. Thank you.” -J. Kapinos

“Woof Woof” -from Ginger

“You guys are great!!! I have a dog with lots of issues, and you guys always take good care of us! Thank you!!” -A. Reed