WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty (WAVES)

About Medicine

Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Service specialises in the investigation of complex clinical problems and performs specialised techniques including minimally invasive biopsy techniques, endoscopy, bone marrow collection, CSF collection, blood transfusions and will operate specialised equipment such as endoscopes.

The sorts of problems that we regularly investigate and treat include:

  • Unexplained and persistent vomiting, diarrhoea or weight loss
  • Hormonal (endocrine) problems – for example uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, suspected Cushing’s disease, electrolyte abnormalities and investigations of polydipsia (increased thirst)
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Urinary problems- such as incontinence and recurrent urinary tract infections.
  • Heart disease- investigations of the causes of a murmur, arrhythmia or treatment of heart failure
  • Cancer treatment- medical management of many common tumours that benefit from Chemotherapy
  • Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin
  • Respiratory disease including investigations of coughing, respiratory distress, pleural effusions
  • Nasal disease- cats and dogs with sneezing, nasal discharge and/ or epistaxis (nasal bleeding)
  • Liver disease- investigations of jaundice and the management of animals with portosystemic shunts