Your Pet's Health From the Inside Out
For pets and people alike, internal medicine is concerned with the overall wellness of organs and their functions, including the diagnosis and treatment of internal health conditions.
As this area of veterinary care is so inclusive of such a wide range of your pet’s overall health, the staff at All Creatures Animal Hospital is committed to providing your pet with the best internal care possible.
Issues with your pet’s internal health can be difficult to recognize externally, making routine wellness visits a must for pets. During your pet’s wellness visit, we will look for external clues to your pet’s internal health, and run the necessary diagnostic screenings and labs. In doing so, we increase the odds of detecting any developing conditions and develop a multi-modal approach to treatment, before the issue becomes too severe.
If your pet’s internal health does become compromised, we are able to treat a wide range of issues and will work with an extended network of specialists on a referral basis, if needed.
A shift in your pet’s behavior is often the first indication pet owners have in knowing that there is an issue with their pet’s internal health.
For this reason, we encourage you to not chastise your pet too harshly for any sudden changes in behavior and to contact us immediately if your pet experiences a rapid and unexplained shift in his or her typical behavior.
If your pet has begun to display the following unexplained behaviors, it could be a sign that he or she is not feeling well:
- Urinating or defecating indoors, despite being housebroken
- Sensitivity to touch or movement
- Lack of interest in favorite activities or toys
- Not coming when called or ignoring basic commands
- Loss of balance
- Easily startled
- Changes in appetite and water consumption
- Acting restless
- Excessive sleeping
- Uncharacteristic aggression
And remember, animals in pain often bite. If your pet’s behavior has taken an aggressive turn, give us a call. It’s unlikely that your pet has “gone bad” overnight, and instead is experiencing pain that he or she can’t express in any other way.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s internal health or behavior, please don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment.