Internal Medicine

When it comes to any internal medicine issues your pet may have, you can trust the team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Bartlett to help diagnose and recommend the best treatment.

Internal Medicine | Hillcrest Animal Hospital

What is internal medicine for pets?

Internal medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of your pet's internal systems.

Our vets have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of challenging cases, and they have a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment methods at their disposal.

They are able to care for patients with various multiple disorders or diseases, and those that do not respond well to standard protocols. 

  • Our team is experienced at using sophisticated diagnostic tests and procedures to determine to 'look' inside to find the cause of your pet's health issues.
    - Dr. Kim Hunt

Internal Medicine Sub-Specialties

Our veterinarians can assist in the following areas of internal medicine: 

    • Cardiology (heart related disorders)
    • Oncology (tumors and cancer)
    • Neurology (disorders of the brain and nervous system)
    • Endocrinology (glands and their functions)
    • Gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive organs)
    • Urology (urinary functions and genitourinary tract)
    • Immunology (disorders of the immune system)
    • Pulmonary Disorders (diseases of the lungs)
    • Reproductive Issues

Diagnostics & Imaging

Our veterinarians take a comprehensive approach to internal medicine supported by thorough advanced diagnostic testing, imaging and other procedures.

Diagnoses and recommendations for treatment are based on a complete picture of a pet’s health issues, gleaned by collecting information about the patient’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies, and testing. 

FAQs About Internal Medicine

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  • What is a certified veterinary internal medicine specialist?

    A veterinary internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training in internal medicine following graduation from their veterinary college.

    In human medicine, internists are often considered to be primary care providers, however in veterinary medicine they are considered specialists

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  • How do your vets determine what type of problem my pet might have?

    Our veterinarians take a comprehensive approach to internal medicine.

    Diagnoses and recommendations for treatment are based on a complete picture of a pet’s health issues, gleaned by collecting information about the patient’s history, clinical signs, bloodwork / lab results, imaging studies and other testing. 

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  • What happens if my pet has a really serious problem, like cancer?

    If we have the expertise in-house, your pet's treatment will continue at our hospital. 

    If your pet requires a surgery or expertise that we do not have in-house, we will refer you to an experienced specialist.

    Hillcrest Animal Hospital is connected with a network of superb veterinary specialists in the Bartlett and Memphis areas.

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  • What kind of diagnostic tests can you run?

    Depending on the type and size of the animal, our veterinarians will recommend a series of tests or advanced diagnostic procedures that may include:

    • Specialized blood testing
    • Ultrasound
    • Abdominal
    • Thoracic
    • Soft tissue
    • Biopsy via ultrasound guidance
    • Radiographs
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastroscopy
    • Colonoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Rhinoscopy
    • Cystoscopy 
    • Bone marrow evaluation
    • Biopsies
    • CT scan

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