Our veterinary specialists battle your pet’s problem from the inside
A new or recurring issue involving your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, central nervous system or endocrine system can be more than a little scary.
Such complex medical problems may require special management from an Internal Medicine Specialist with advanced training, equipment, and experience.
Our team of Internal Medicine Doctors is dedicated to caring for cats and dogs with serious and life-threatening diseases and illnesses.
We provide non-invasive diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s internal organs, treating both common and uncommon conditions including:
- Kidney and urogenital diseases (including kidney failure, urinary incontinence, infections, and stones)
- Gastrointestinal disorders (such as diseases of the esophagus, stomach, and intestine)
- Endocrine diseases (including Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, and Thyroid or Parathyroid problems)
- Respiratory diseases
- Blood disorders
- Geriatric medicine
- Liver problems
- Pancreatic disorders
- Immune mediated disorders
- Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine is a particularly broad specialty so our services include but are not limited to:
- Advanced diagnostics
- Bone marrow analysis including biopsy and aspirates
- Joint fluid analysis
- Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) analysis
- Ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies
- Upper GI (gastroduodenoscopy)
- Digital radiographs
- Advanced treatments
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Minimally invasive stent placements
- Submucosal collagen injections
- IV nutrition (TPN)
- Stomach feeding tubes
- Esophageal feeding tubes
Meet the Team
- Robert J. Starkey, DVM, DACVIM
- Linda B. Lehmkuhl, DVM, MS, DACVIM
- Roger A. Hostutler, DVM, MS, DACVIM
- Stephen A. Martinez, DVM, DACVIM
- Ben Polansky, DVM, Internal Medicine Resident
- Ayeley Okine, DVM, Internal Medicine Intern
What to Expect
Please know that the MedVet Internal Medicine team is committed to providing the best, most appropriate care for your pet in partnership with your family veterinarian.
- Many pets can be managed on an outpatient basis while others may need to spend 1 to 2 days in our offices undergoing a comprehensive evaluation.
- Unless otherwise directed, please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before your appointment.
- Bring a urine sample from your pet to your first appointment, if possible.
- Ask your family veterinarian to fax or provide you with prior lab work and reports related to your pet’s problem. (If your pet was seen in our Emergency department, MedVet will transfer the appropriate information to our specialists.)
- At your visit, an MedVet Internal Medicine doctor will examine your pet and review the medical history.
- Most likely, your pet will undergo one or more diagnostic tests.
- One of our internal medicine specialists will talk with you about your pet’s condition and suggest the appropriate course of medical therapy.
- If hospitalization is required, our 24-hour nursing staff will work closely with our specialists to care for your pet.
- You and your primary veterinarian will receive a summary detailing the clinical findings, diagnosis and treatment recommendation(s).
Internal Medicine Brochure