Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine including Medical Imaging

Shona Haydon BVetMed CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.     IMG_4147                                      

Internal medicine includes investigation of many feline and canine conditions including:

  • Anaemia, thrombocytopaenia and clotting disorders
  • Multiple endocrine disorders including polyuria-polydipsia investigation
  • Gastrointestinal disease including chronic vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Weight loss investigations
  • Diseases of the pancreas including pancreatitis, diabetes and insulinoma
  • Respiratory disease including cough, dyspnoea, chronic nasal discharge, epistaxis or sneezing
  • Renal and urinary tract disorders including haematuria and stranguria
  • Significance of elevated hepatobiliary enzymes
  • Pyrexia of unknown origin

Internal medicine utilises a wide range of techniques and equipment to assist in reaching a diagnosis, including:

  • Extensive in-house laboratory facilities at Bishopton vets
  • Samples sent to external laboratories
  • Advanced ultrasound including ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsy sample collection
  • Endoscopy: gastro-duodenoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy including relevant sample collection

Internal medicine also involves coordination with our other overlapping disciplines of chemotherapy, dermatology, cardiology and surgery to ensure that a holistic approach is provided and treatment options are available for each animal.

We aim to provide a practical approach to each case, tailoring the investigations to the individual patient. We also strive to keep pet owners involved at each stage and to be flexible to allow as much information as needed to be obtained to facilitate informed decision making and ensure optimum patient care, whilst keeping treatment options affordable.

Ultrasound –  including ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsy collection. Typical referred cases where ultrasonography is of particular value:

  • Chronic vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal or thoracic neoplasia
  • Suspected portosystemic shunts
  • Hepatic or biliary disease
  • Urogenital disorders

Endoscopy

  • Chronic nasal discharge/epstasxis/sneezing
  • Cough or suspected airway foreign body
  • Further investigation of chronic vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Dysphagia

To make an enquiry or book an appointment please call 01765 602396 or complete our Referral Form and email it back to us at referrals@bishoptonvets.co.uk