When your pet’s feeling sick, he can’t tell you where it hurts. There may be times when diagnosing or treating your pet’s symptoms requires specialized knowledge or equipment. In this case, your vet will refer you to our veterinary internist, Dr. Richard Scroggin, a specialist in pet internal medicine who has completed years of training beyond vet school. The internist will take a close look at your pet’s symptoms and work with your vet to put together a complete picture of your pet’s health, using lab and test results, histories, and diagnostic imaging.
What Is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine involves diagnosing and treating conditions related to the internal systems of the body, including the gastrointestinal, immune, pulmonary, cardiovascular, endocrine, and urinary systems. Our veterinary internal medicine specialists provide diagnostic and treatment services in a safe, compassionate manner, with special consideration to the symptoms that are present. Typically, patients are referred to an internal medicine specialist for advanced care if they cannot be accurately diagnosed or effectively treated by the family veterinarian.
We work closely with your regular veterinarian, including the gathering of any X-rays or test results, before we examine your pet. We will then assess the pet’s symptoms (vomiting, increased urination, decreased appetite, etc.) to make a diagnosis. The following is a list of the technology and internal medicine services that we offer at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Bone marrow biopsy & aspiration
- Joint aspirates
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Fine needle aspirate
- Feeding tube placement
For more information about internal medicine in Little Rock, please call us at (501) 224-3784. We welcome your questions. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to help you make the best health decisions for your pet.