The UW Veterinary Care’s Internal Medicine team leaves no stone unturned, with a wide range of veterinary medical expertise that covers all the bases, including
- Gastroenterology (for stomach and intestinal problems), typical signs of stomach or intestinal problems would include multiple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, or intermittent vomiting and diarrhea that persists over days to weeks.
- Endocrinology (for hormonal imbalances such as diabetes, hyper- and hypo-thyroidism, hyper- and hypo-adrenocorticism). Dogs and cats with hormone imbalances may have gradual changes in their water intake, appetite, and weight that take weeks to months to become evident.
- Hematology (for blood problems such as anemia and platelet disorders). Blood disorders may manifest more suddenly than other diseases. Sudden weakness or pale gums and tongue may be signs of anemia. Platelets are blood cells that are important for helping blood to clot normally. Signs of platelet problems include bruises or small 'pinpoint' red spots on your pet's skin, or bleeding from the nose or gums.
- Nasal and respiratory diseases range from fungal infections in the nasal cavities to pneumonia. Signs that might indicate nasal or respiratory disease include if your pet is having difficulty breathing, has increased noise while breathing, or is coughing and seems lethargic (tired).
- Infectious diseases (such as Lyme disease and blastomycosis) can happen both city and country-living dogs and cats. Signs of a serious infection include lethargy (tiredness), loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Liver disease (such as suspected liver shunts and fatty liver or lipidosis) typically requires bloodwork and x-rays or other imaging modalities such as ultrasound or a CT scan to identify. Dogs and cats with liver disease may show signs of jaundice (yellow tinge to the whites of the eyes and gums), or they may show non-specific signs of illness such as loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Disease of the kidney and urinary tract (such as renal failure and bladder infections) are similar to liver problems in that the diagnosis often requires bloodwork and a urinalysis along with x-rays, ultrasound or a CT scan. Bladder infections are possible of your dog or cat is urinating small amounts of urine very frequently, or if they are straining to urinate.
Specialized therapies include 24-hour care for critically ill animals. Additionally, our advanced diagnostics are located all under our roof, making your visit to our veterinary clinic efficient. Our team of veterinary medical specialists including internal medicine clinicians, anesthesiologists, pathologists, and radiologists will take the time needed to safely perform and interpret all the necessary diagnostic tests, that may include:
- Endoscopy (to investigate stomach and intestinal problems)
- Cystoscopy (to visualize the inside of the urinary bladder and the ureters)
- Bronchoscopy (looking down the trachea and into the lungs)
- Laparoscopic liver biopsy (a minimally invasive way to obtain liver samples)
- Ultrasound-guided kidney biopsy (a minimally invasive way to biopsy the kidneys)
UWVC Internal Medicine Team
- Jon Bach, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVECC
- Hattie Bortnowski, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
- Jessica Pritchard, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
- Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP
- Katrina Viviano, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP
- Michael Wood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
- Caitlin Barry-Heffernan, DVM
- Ryan Bray, DVM
- Monica Chwala, DVM
- Casandra Jacobs, DVM
- Allison Leuin, DVM
- Nicole Albert, CVT, Supervisor
- Jenaia Delk, CVT
- Leah Krawczyk, CVT, SAIM Referral Coordinator
- Heather Ladwig, CVT
- Helen Schultz, CVT
- Jennifer Wagner, CVT