The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service offers specialized knowledge, advanced diagnostics, and a high level of experience with the treatment and management for a variety of internal medicine problems of dogs and cats. Faculty members on the service have advanced knowledge of small animal endocrinology, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, infectious and immune-mediated disease, and diseases of the kidneys and lower urinary tract. Faculty and residents work as a team with other specialty services in the VMTH (including radiology, cardiology, surgery, critical care, oncology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, and behavior) to obtain the highest level of care and expertise possible.
The Service offers a variety of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including laparoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, proctoscopy, vaginoscopy, cystoscopy, lithotripsy, urodynamic studies (including urethral pressure profilometry), feeding tube placement, joint taps, and bone marrow aspiration and core biopsy.
Bryggen, a 1.5-year old female spayed Bernese Mountain Dog was evaluated by the UC Davis Small Animal Internal Medicine Service for evaluation of lip-smacking behavior, wheezing, coughing, vomiting, and regurgitation. She had been seen by her local veterinarian on several occasions over the past 6 months for these episodes, but no abnormalities were ever found on examination.