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Feeding tubes can be placed as a temporary or more permanent aid in the feeding of pets that can't or won't eat due to a variety of conditions. These tubes are placed either into the esophagus or into the stomach. Nutrition plans and follow up treatments are formulated by our veterinary team.
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Internal Medicine

Internal medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management, and non-surgical treatment of unusual or serious diseases. At VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center, our ability to effectively diagnose and treat your pet results from talented veterinarians working with the best possible medical technology.

Dr. Peter Nurre (specialist of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) and Dr. Jenifer Wang (residency trained) are available to oversee internal medicine cases and advise our associate staff when necessary. The experience and ability of our staff, and their commitment and rigorous training. allows them to keep pace with the latest medical advances. Each pet’s symptoms are evaluated individually and thoroughly. We formulate a plan with your input that will enable us to reach a diagnosis and then develop an appropriate treatment plan for your pet.

Our veterinarians are trained to diagnose and treat internal medicine cases involving disorders that affect the following systems:

  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hematologic (spleen and blood)
  • Liver
  • Respiratory
  • Urinary

Some of the tools our staff uses to diagnose these disorders include:

  • Cystoscope
  • Digital X-rays
  • Endoscope
  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scanner

Some of the procedures our staff uses to diagnose these internal medicine cases include:

  • Aspirates and biopsies
  • Bone marrow aspirates
  • Critical care management
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsies and other procedures

Our Internal Medicine Services

Abdominocentesis
Arthrocentesis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage BAL
Bronchoscopy

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