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Ultrasound studies are most helpful to evaluate soft tissue and fluid structures. Energy in the form of sound waves is passed into the body. Reflected sound waves returning to the probe are used to create an image of the internal organs. Moving organs may be evaluated during motion, such as the beating heart, flowing blood and contracting intestines. Gastrointestinal foreign material may be identified on an ultrasound exam when it is not apparent on radiographs. While radiographs are useful to assess organ size and overall shape, an ultrasound exam allows for evaluation of the organ architecture and blood supply. Ultrasound examinations are commonly performed on the abdomen, thorax, neck, eyes and soft tissue structures of the head, trunk and legs. In addition to assessment of organ architecture, ultrasound examination is helpful to identify free fluid within a body cavity (i.e., thorax and abdomen).

Ultrasound Guided Aspirate and Core Biopsy,
Including Abdominocentesis And Thoracocentesis

Following assessment of an organ and the surrounding structures, ultrasound imaging is used to guide needle placement into a selected tissue or cavity. A sample of tissue or fluid may be drawn through the needle as an aspirate to analyze the cells or other contents of the sample (cytology and microbiology). A larger needle may be used to retrieve a small piece of solid tissue for a core-biopsy to analyze the architecture of the tissue (histopathology). Ultrasound guidance is commonly used to removing fluid from the chest cavity (thoracocentesis) and abdominal cavity (abdominocentesis).

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Internal Medicine

We are pleased to have three dedicated internal medicine specialists on staff at VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic. Veterinary internal medicine is related to the diagnosis, management, and nonsurgical treatment of diseases of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive organs, as well as the liver, kidneys, and immune and blood systems. Loomis Basin's internal medicine specialists are experienced with determining both the cause of your pet's illness and the correct course of medication to be used to heal it.

For example, if your pet is vomiting or having seizures, we know that these symptoms might be caused by a problem that is congenital, acquired later in life, or perhaps by an infectious agent or toxic substance in your pet's environment. Internal medicine specialists will help to diagnose the cause quickly and efficiently, leading us to the correct course of treatment.

AAHA Accreditation

In 2009, our internal medicine service was one of the first in the country to achieve referral practice accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA accreditation testifies that Loomis Basin meets the highest standards of the veterinary profession for patient care, client and referring veterinarian service, and medical protocols.

Referral accreditation reflects that we follow the same high principles that your regular veterinarian lives by and indicates that we know and understand how important communication is throughout the referral. Working together with your general practice veterinarian, our AAHA accreditation status helps ensure optimal care for your pet.

What health problems does an internal medicine specialist treat?

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also especially prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are coping with multiple disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also be suffering from kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with cancer. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases. In other situations, a younger animal may develop a problem that used to be considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable.

Here are some common diseases that frequently lead general practitioner veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Immune Related Disorders
  • Kidney Dysfunction

Our Internal Medicine Services

Internal Medicine Overvew
Pain Management
Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Bronchoscopy

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