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What is a Board–Certified Veterinary Internist?
Just as your own primary care doctor might send you to a “specialist” to address an unusual or difficult problem, your general veterinary practitioner may feel your pet requires a specialist to diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Veterinary Internists have several years of advanced training in internal medicine beyond veterinary college. Board certified internists have achieved the highest level of specialization in veterinary medicine that is possible.
Internal Medicine Service
FIRST Regional Animal Hospital offers complete Internal Medicine services with Dr. Shery Babyak, a board–certified Internal Medicine Specialist. This service provides pet owners with the option of sophisticated diagnostics and treatment for complex medical conditions involving the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system, nervous system, and immune system.
What to expect from your pet’s visit
At your initial appointment, our Internal Medicine Specialist will review your pet’s medical record, including previous treatment, laboratory results, x–rays and other pertinent information. Dr. Babyak will also obtain a detailed history from you regarding your pet’s clinical signs before examining your pet.
After this evaluation, she will discuss any further recommended testing or treatment with you, including costs, and when appropriate, any risks involved with certain procedures. If a special procedure is indicated and approved by you, it often can be performed at once.
Internal Medicine Procedures and Diagnostics
Advanced Diagnostic Tools
- Digital Radiography
- Abdominal and thoracic ultrasound with ultrasound guided biopsies and aspirates
- Color flow Doppler echocardiography
- ECG Holter and event monitoring
- Video endoscopy: Upper and lower GI endoscopy with biopsies
- Bone marrow evaluation
- Cost–effective Chemotherapy
- Feeting tube placement
- Diabetes monitoring
- Blood gas and blood pressure monitoring
- Enteral nutritional support
- Total Parenteral nutritional support
- Respiratory and ventilator therapy
Diagnosis and Management of Acute and Chronic Diseases
- Mast cell tumors
- Immune Disease
- Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
- Immune Mediated thrombocytopenia
- Hematological diseases
- Renal (Kidney) and Urinary Disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Acute renal failure
- Renal and cystic calculi (kidney stones)
- Bladder infections
- Prostatic disease
- Endocrine (Hormonal) Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease)
- Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease)
- Thyroid Disease – Hypothyroidism/Hyperthyroidism
- Liver Disease
- Inflammatory liver disease
- Fatty liver disease
- Heart Disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Valvular heart disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Chronic bronchitis
- Collapsing trachea
- Gastrointestinal Disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Infectious gastrointestinal disease
- Neurological Disease
- Vestibular disease
- Infectious Disease
- Heartworm disease
- Feline leukemia disease
Please use our convenient Online Appointment Form to make an appointment for your pet(s). Making an appointment has never been so easy! Appointments may be made Monday–Thursday 9am–11am and 1pm–4pm. Read more...
Online Prescription Refills
Please use our Online Prescription Refill Form to request a prescription refill for your pet(s). We will notify you when you can pick up your pet’s needed medication(s) at FIRST Regional Animal Hospital. Read more...
Referral Form for Veterinarians
Please print out this form and have your client bring it with them for their visit to FIRST Regional Animal Hospital. View Form (PDF ~85K)