Internal Medicine at the Animal Hospital Specialty Center
Internal Medicine in the Veterinarian Field
Internal medicine is practiced by internists, or doctors that specialize in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of most diseases that are not surgical in nature. Thus, as in human medicine, internists can be called a “doctor’s doctor” due to the fact that they tend to specialize in patients with conditions that are more difficult to treat and/or diagnose. Internists are also often trained to use advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that may not be available at regular veterinarians. These include rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, vaginoscopy, cystoscopy; thoracic and abdominal ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans, stent placement and management including tracheal stents, urethral and ureteral stents, cystoscopic-guided removal of bladder stones, respiratory testing, blood and infectious disease workups, feeding tube placement, obtaining biopsies and cytology samples of many tissues, joint taps, bone marrow aspiration and core biopsy, CSF taps, and many more advanced laboratory testing.
The Role of an Internal Medicine Specialist
Your pet’s condition may be more complicated than your regular veterinarian feels comfortable diagnosing and treating. Or, your pet may have multiple underlying conditions that have conflicting treatments. This kind of patient will benefit from a consultation with an internist.
From animals that don’t seem to be able to stop having accidents in the house to animals with severe heart disease that are oxygen dependent, and internist has the experience and knowledge necessary to deliver the absolute best care available. Some of the advanced diagnostics available can change a situation from one where we don’t know what is causing a dog to stop eating and act tired to having the information we need to begin immediate treatment for a speedy and full recovery.
Dr. Hilling has already developed working relationships with many of the veterinarians in the area and often stays at AHSC for long hours just to ensure that your regular veterinarian always know what is going on with their patient. An internist is NOT a replacement for your regular veterinarian, but a power compliment that works closely with your pet’s family doctor to ensure that he or she gets the absolute best medical care that is available to our pets today.
AHSC’s department of internal medicine is run by Dr. Karen Hilling. Dr. Hilling trained at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the premier programs in the country. Her training included extensive work with urology including being on the kidney dialysis team, advanced imaging and endoscopy, and she brings these much needed skills to the greater Denver area. Follow the links above to learn more about some of the latest techniques and procedures that are now available to help your pet.