Conditions Commonly Treated by Veterinary Internists
Gastrointestinal Food Allergies
Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hypothyroidism in Dogs
Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia & Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia
Liver Failure & Hepatic Encephalopathy Management
Non-Neoplastic Infiltrative Bowel Diseases
Renal (Kidney) Failure in Dogs and Cats
My veterinarian practices medicine. What makes an internal medicine specialist—or board certified internist—different?
Your primary care veterinarian is your first resource in any medical condition. All veterinarians are trained to diagnose and treat common conditions your pet may experience. A board certified internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. These veterinarians have expertise and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with disorders such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, organ failure, hormonal imbalances, immunological disorders and unusual infectious diseases.
Our veterinary internists spend every day diagnosing and treating animals with your pet’s specific problems. Complex medical disorders, often involving multiple body systems or organs, is an Internist's area of expertise. VMC's Internists see on a regular basis what your veterinarian may see only once or twice in his or her career.
There are literally hundreds of internal medical disorders in animals. Many diseases cause very similar symptoms and appearances. Recognizing the subtle differences requires specialized training and tools.
Our veterinary internists are equipped with specialized equipment and products, allowing them to make more accurate diagnoses and perform more advanced treatments right here at VMC.
The Internal Medicine service works as a team with our other specialists, meeting regularly to review each case and share pertinent information. Our patients benefit from 24-hour critical care coverage and post procedural monitoring with our Emergency and Critical Care services, advanced in-house diagnostic capabilities from or Imaging and Cardiology services, as well as timely surgical intervention from the Surgery service.
Is there another veterinary internist available in the Syracuse area?
No. Dr. Davignon is the only board certified veterinary internist practicing in the greater Syracuse area.
Specialized services available from our Internal Medicine service include:
Advanced diagnostic and treatment options for difficult and complex cases
Assessment and management of multiple concurrent organ system disorders
Experience in management of geriatric patients and their special needs
Endoscopic foreign body removal
Cytology and microbiology examinations
Endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract and respiratory systems
Blood gas analysis and oximetry
Selection and placement of feeding tubes for nutritional therapies
Parenteral nutrition techniques
Central venous pressure monitoring and doppler blood pressure
Laparoscopic biopsy collection