Internal Medicine Veterinarians
Veterinarians and pet parents from across Pennsylvania rely on VREC for the most challenging cases.
Just like us, animals can develop illnesses requiring the expertise, knowledge and experience of an internal medicine professional. The Internal Medicine department at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center is committed to providing comprehensive care for you and your pet. Our Internal Medicine doctor, Dr. Dionne Ferguson, DACVIM, is a compassionate and knowledgeable clinician whose area of expertise includes the study of gastrointestinal diseases, renal (kidney) diseases, hepatic (liver) diseases, immune-mediated diseases, endocrinopathies, infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, and urinary tract diseases. Their expertise in endoscopy can sometimes eliminate the need for invasive surgery in cases of gastric foreign bodies or obtaining tissue samples for biopsy submission.
The Internal Medicine service at VREC is just one part of our team of healthcare providers. While your pet is at VREC, our Surgery department is available should your pet be diagnosed with a disease requiring a surgeon’s care. If your pet should need hospitalization or intensive care, our Emergency team is here 24 hours a day and our Critical Care services are available for your pet’s needs.
Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center is located in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania. Our internal medicine professionals provide care for pets and piece of mind for pet owners in the surrounding areas of Scranton, and other northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York communities.
When follow-up care is indicated, we will work closely with your family veterinarian to continue to meet the needs of you and your pet. The goal of our dedicated staff is to provide heartfelt care and support, and to enrich the bond between you and your pet.
Why Would My Pet Need to See an Internal Medicine Clinician?
Internal Medicine focuses on non-invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques. The purpose of your visit may be to confirm a previous diagnosis and treatment regimen, or to provide further diagnostics and medical management for a complicated condition. The type of cases typically seen in Internal Medicine include anemia or other bleeding disorders, chronic vomiting or diarrhea, coughing and other breathing problems, acquired heart diseases, endocrine diseases (adrenal tumors, diabetes, thyroid disorders), infectious diseases, kidney or bladder diseases, liver diseases, and unexplained weight loss. Our internists also diagnose and manage cancer and degenerative heart diseases. The Internal Medicine department is committed to offering the very best; which means employing advanced technology in a welcoming environment.
An internist may routinely perform internal medicine procedures that are uncommon or unavailable to your primary veterinarian, such as:
- Advanced laboratory testing
- Ultrasound-guided aspirates
- Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
- Feeding tube placement
- Tru-cut biopsies
- Digital radiography
- Tracheal wash
Questions About Internal Medicine
How long will my appointment take?
Most Internal Medicine consultations average approximately one and a half to two hours.
What is involved in an abdominal ultrasound? Will my pet need sedation?
Most animals do not require sedation or anesthesia for an ultrasound. All that is required is that your pet be able to lie relatively still on his/her side with minimal restraint. Their abdomen will be shaved and ultrasound gel will be used to allow the ultrasound waves to penetrate abdominal organs without interference. The gel is non-toxic and water-soluble so it will not stain or harm you or your pet if ingested.
Why does my pet need an ultrasound when he/she has already had x-rays taken?
Ultrasound gives a real-time view, which enables us to visualize the internal architecture and vessels of organs as well as additional structures such as lymph nodes that cannot be seen on radiographs.
Will I receive the ultrasound results the same day as my consultation?
Yes. The doctor will review the results of the ultrasound upon completion.
My pet already had an ultrasound, why might he/she need another one?
Our doctors have specific training and years of experience in ultrasonography that allows them to find subtle abnormalities. An ultrasound can be difficult to interpret because it is a real-time capture. This allows the internist to obtain various views of the abdominal organs. An ultrasound also captures dynamic changes that occur with blood flow and respirations. This is extremely important because even the subtlest movements of the ultrasound probe can alter an image and allow room for misinterpretation.
Can I be present for my pet’s ultrasound?
It is in your pet’s best interest that you not be present during the ultrasound. Animals can pick up on their owner’s anxiety, making it difficult for them to remain still. It is also important for the internist to be able to concentrate while performing an ultrasound.
How should I prepare for my consultation?
To make the most of your consultation, you should bring: your pet, any records from your veterinarian which should include recent medical history, lab work, radiographs (x-rays), and a list of current medications. This information may be e-mailed or faxed to us prior to your scheduled appointment. Remember to obtain the radiographs from your regular veterinarian ahead of time.