The Internal Medicine Service at the CARE is committed to the investigation and management of challenging medical conditions in animals. This service encompasses a range of disciplines, including: oncology, medical neurology, endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology and respiratory medicine. Dr Sophie Haynes, a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) and registered specialist in Internal Medicine, heads our Internal Medicine service at CARE.
Ultrasound, fluoroscopy, radiography and advanced imaging; endoscopic examination of the gastrointestinal, urinary and respiratory tracts; cancer chemotherapy; and electrocardiography are examples of diagnostic procedures that are regularly performed.
The team of specialists at CARE co-operate in the management of your pet’s condition to ensure it is managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. We also work in concert with your pet’s primary veterinarian, providing regular written and verbal updates, so they can continue to work with you and your pet when specialist care is no longer necessary.
Below you will find introductions to some of the recent blogs we have posted for the benefit of pet owners as a useful start for any concerns they have concerning their pet’s health. Be sure to bookmark this site as we will be adding many more articles over the coming months. Remember to make a not of our emergency number – we are open 24 hours a day , 7 days a week, 03 9417 6417
Cancer treatment and chemotherapy for dogs
There are many types of cancer that can occur in dogs, and as such the symptoms are many and varied. Some more common types of cancer in dogs include bone cancer (such as osteosarcoma) which may cause pain and lameness; lung cancer which may cause breathing trouble or coughing; or certain types of skin cancers or skin tumors. Our medical specialist team lead by Dr. Sophie Haynes is very experienced in the diagnosis and medical treatment of cancer in dogs in Melbourne, including ultrasound and chemotherapy. read more >
Signs of diabetes in dogs
Signs can be varied. Often your dog can be quite well despite having diabetes, however sometimes they can become quite sick. These animals usually have a serious and life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, which requires hospitalisation. read more >
Cushing’s disease in dogs
Also known as HyperA or Hyperadenocorticism, is a relatively common hormonal disease of older dogs. It occurs rarely in cats. There are two main types of Cushing’s disease in dogs, pituitary-dependent and adrenal-dependent. In both types, the main cause of the clinical signs is too much cortisol production in the adrenal glands. read more >
Heart Disease in dogs and cats
Our Internal Medicine Specialists at CARE regularly diagnose and treat heart disease in dogs and cats. A range of tests may be required to investigate heart disease in dogs and cats, including electrocardiogram (ECG), cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography), chest Xrays, and other imaging or laboratory testing
Coughing and other respiratory problems in dogs and cats
There are many different causes of coughing in dogs and cats. This may include infection (pnuemonia), heart failure, trauma, congenital problems, cancer, or asthma (cats), to mention a few. Diagnostic tests that may be used to further investigate include chest Xrays, ultrasound, airway sampling (for example, a ‘lung wash’ or bronchoalveolar lavage), or bronchoscopy. In some cases, advanced imaging such as a CT scan may be required to further investigate coughing or respiratory problems.