Diagnostic & Specialty medicine allows us to identify and treat issues with your pets.
Internal medicine is one of those phrases that covers a lot of areas. In fact, all the veterinarians at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic have an interest in internal medicine, which helps us treat our patients – your pets – in the best way possible.
If your pet is struggling with challenging, uncommon or multiple coexisting medical conditions, our veterinarians and specially trained staff can put together an individualized treatment plan.
Internal medicine is just what it sounds like. An internist will treat the internal parts of your pet, from gastrointestinal parts to hearts, we will examine, diagnose and treat any problems so your pet can live a full and happy life.
Some of the ailments an internist may treat are:
- Endocrine diseases
- Liver and gall bladder disorders
- Chronic vomiting and diarrhea
- Blood disorders
- Kidney and bladder disorders
- Infectious diseases
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we will make sure your pet gets the correct diagnosis followed by the best treatment.
Often cardiac problems in pets is detected in normal checkup visits to the vet, who might detect a murmur or some other problem that indicates a heart issue. But it also can show up at home.
For example, if you notice your pet starts
- Having trouble breathing
- Tiring easily
- Develops an intolerance to exercise
That may be a sign that his or her heart isn’t working like it should. That’s when you should bring your pet to see us at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic.
One thing we believe set us apart from many other clinics is the time we take to really find out the problem. We don’t rush through an exam, prescribe some medicine and hope that does the trick.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic, if we suspect there’s a heart problem we won’t stop until we know what it is. We have the ability to do a full cardiology workup. We have a veterinarian on staff with specialized training to use every possible method to find the problem. We have sophisticated equipment that will evaluate, monitor and treat the condition.
We use electro cardiology to study heart rhythms, and echocardiology, which is cardiac ultrasound to look closely at the heart to watch and measure its motion and blood flow.
The way we do it at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic will make you feel confident that the treatment we recommend will be the best for your pet.
Cardio issues can affect any breed or size of pet but is most frequent in certain breeds of dog. Breeds that are prone to heart problems are Boxers, Doberman Pinschers and Cavalier Spaniels. Age is also a non-factor.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we specialize in laser therapy. Our Class IV laser can help your pet by decreasing pain, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow. Laser therapy accelerates cell regeneration, which helps hasten wound healing.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment and can used alone or with other treatments.
This therapy, which is cold laser therapy, is quickly gaining acceptance in the treatment of several conditions. These include:
- Chronic pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Wound healing
- Trauma to the skin, muscle or bone
There are no unwanted side effects with laser therapy and the low-level laser does not burn your pet’s skin.
Laser therapy is yet another example how we at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic aim to offer the best diagnostic and treatment options to our patients, for their comfort and ease-of-mind for their owners.
Ok, so your pet isn’t going to freak out when he looks at his reflection on the refrigerator and spots a zit. But that doesn’t mean taking good care of his skin isn’t important.
In fact, dogs and cats suffer from many problems with their skin, which makes them uncomfortable. In fact, at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic, we have found skin problems like dermatitis are actually pretty common, which is why one of our veterinarians has taken special training for it.
Skin disorders in pets can be serious and we take them seriously. Some disorders can be malignant and involve the skin, hair, ears and nails of dogs or cats.
Among the dermatology services Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic offers are skin cytology and biopsies, each involving taking tissue samples for close examination to determine the disease.
The most common skin ailments for pets include:
- Yeast infection
Some ailments may be borne by fleas or ticks or other parasites. Controlling these is a key part of any treatment plan, At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we individualize every treatment plan to ensure your pet is getting the right treatment.
So if you spot something on your pet’s skin that doesn’t look right, bring him or her in. At the very least keep a close eye on it and if it worsens or spreads, take action.
The older we get, the more likely health problems will crop up. The same is true for our pets and that is why endocrinology is a very important part of our work at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic.
The endocrine systems controls the creation of hormones, which in turn control many dffierent functions of pets. In middle age to older pets, the hormone levels have more of a tendency to get out of balance and create problems.
Those problems include:
- Addison’s Disease
- Cushing’s Disease
Symptoms can include lethargy, increased thirst and urination, weight gain and hair loss.
Unfortunately, many diseases caused by endocrine issues can appear to be other diseases. At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we offer many diagnostic options to evaluate hormone levels and determine the best possible treatment options for your pets.
Some of those options may require treatments for the rest of the pet’s life. Constant monitoring will be important. Our veterinarians at Meadowbrook will make sure you know what to watch for in your pet.
These problems are not more or less frequent in any certain breeds.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we have equipped our hospital with digital radiology and digital dental radiology equipment.
Our reasons for going digital for our pet patients are the same as for any other patients: While X-rays have forever been the only non-invasive way to see inside a body, digital radiology is even more powerful than film and much more efficient.
With digital radiology, pictures are sent directly to a computer for the veterinarian to read and, if necessary, can be immediately send to a specialist for consultation.
Not only is the ability to see the pictures instantaneous, they have much more detail and clarity than film. Then again, we knew that from everything else going digital, right?
So, what does that mean for you and your pet? No time is wasted in finding out why your dog or cat is ailing and if a specialist is needed, he or she is only an email away from helping make a diagnosis.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic, we find that comforting to us. We hope it comforts you, as well.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we have our own laboratory. It is fully equipped, which enables us to more quickly and accurately diagnose your pet’s illness. In many cases laboratory results can be available within 10 minutes.
With our veterinarians and specially trained staff, having an in-house laboratory is important to making sure your pet gets the best treatment possible,
Some of what we do:
- Blood tests, the most common diagnostic testing performed on pets or humans.
- A complete blood count tells our veterinarians a great deal about the condition of your pet.
- Blood chemistries, which means measuring hormone, electrolytes and other serum.
Like with humans, results of these lab tests can often be the difference in catching an illness in its early stages. The earlier an illness is found, the easier it is to treat and the better chance for recovery.
This is yet another example of how professional and advanced we are at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic.
What our customers say...
I’ve been a Meadowbrook customer for 30 yrs. the staff are always friendly and professional. Not one complaint. You can trust that your pet is being treated with love and care.
This clinic is amazing. I have taken my pets here for many years and they have treated them for everything from yearly exams to emergencies. The doctors and staff are always accommodating to our pets needs and show them compassion. I would recommend this clinic to anyone and feel that our pets have always gotten very good care here.
We’ve been going here for years. The staff is all super friendly and helpful! You can tell that they truly care about every animal that walks through the door.
Dr. G and Dr. W have been amazing and instrumental in getting Penny healthy. She is thriving and so very happy!!
The doctors and staff have always been the best with great compassion for our pets and for us with excellent knowledge for our pet’s care!