Although you may be familiar with the term internal medicine, you may have wondered what it actually means and what it has to do with your pet.
Essentially, internal medicine focuses on the organs or the systems of the body. It is a specialized area of veterinary medicine that encompasses many noninvasive diagnostic and treatment options.
Why Would My Pet Need an Internal Medicine Specialist?
Whenever your pet experiences an injury, disease, or acute illness that impacts the internal systems, there are numerous advantages to consulting with a specialist.
Internal medicine is often utilized in treating the following:
- Gastrointestinal illnesses
- Autoimmune diseases
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Respiratory illnesses
- Thyroid disease
In addition, internal medicine looks closely at the cause of symptoms in conjunction with the emergence of and progression of the disease. These causes might be identified as infections, inflammations, degenerative conditions, trauma, or a deficiency in immunity. Continue…
From ancient Eastern medicine to modern veterinary care, acupuncture has proven to be advantageous in supporting better health. However, there is some confusion about what pet acupuncture is, how it works, and how it helps heal pets and achieve a better quality of life.
Understanding Pet Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which focus on energy pathways that correlate to various organs and systems of the body. It’s believed that illnesses or certain conditions create disruptions in these pathways, resulting in a decline in health.
Through the use of very fine needles applied to the top layer of skin, these channels of energy are stimulated. Much of this derives from what we now understand to be the release of endorphins and stimulation of neurotransmitters (such as serotonin) which make us feel better.
Conditions Benefited by Pet Acupuncture
Most often, acupuncture is used for problems that affect a pet’s ability to live his or her life with optimal wellbeing. These conditions usually encompass chronic pain, inflammation, and immobility. Continue…
Pets, like their human counterparts, can be affected by heart problems. Just as in people, cardiac disease in pets can have some very serious consequences. That is why Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center takes pride in our pet cardiology services. Our high end offerings ensure that you pets receive the best care when it comes to their heart health.
Cardiac Disease in Pets
Pets don’t tend to suffer from heart attacks and strokes like people do, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have heart disease. In fact, heart problems are very common in our pet patients. They may suffer from a congenital heart defect, a problem with the heart valves, or a disease of the heart muscle (a cardiomyopathy). Pets can also be affected by hypertension. Heartworm disease is also a very real risk for dogs and cats, especially here in Texas. Continue…