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Internal Medicine

The internal medicine department at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is staffed with five board-certified specialists in small animal internal medicine, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the gastrointestinal, renal, urinary, endocrine, hepatobiliary, respiratory, and hematologic systems, in addition to immune-mediated and infectious diseases.

The internal medicine department is well-equipped with four high resolution flexible video endoscopes and three rigid video scopes which can be utilized for esophagoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy, pharyngoscopy, laparoscopy, cystoscopy, urethroscopy, vaginoscopy and rhinoscopy.  State-of-the-art high-resolution ultrasound machines are routinely used to perform abdominal and cardiac imaging, along with non-invasive biopsy and aspiration procedures. Digital video fluoroscopy system enables procedures such as gastrointestinal/esophageal motility evaluation, evaluation for tracheal and bronchial disease, and interventional procedures such as tracheal and urethral stent placement performed with our radiology team.  Continuous renal replacement therapy (dialysis) is also offered for patients with acute kidney injury.

GCVS is proud to offer the following interventional services:

Endoscopy & Laparoscopy

Endoscopic & Laparoscopic-guided Procedures

Other procedures

  • Abdominocentesis
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Bone marrow aspirate and biopsy
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy (Hemodialysis)
  • Electrocardiography
  • Esophageal feeding tube placement
  • Multimodal anesthesia and analgesia with pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring, ECG, end tidal CO2 monitoring
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Tracheal wash, Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Urethral pressure profiles

Procedures performed in conjunction with radiology

  • Coil occlusion on intrahepatic portosystemic shunts
  • CT scans and MRI
  • Digital radiographs
  • Doppler untrasound and echocardiography
  • Fluoroscopic airway study
  • Fluoroscopic swallowing study
  • Nuclear medicine scans: bone scans, portal scans, thyroid scans
  • Radioiodine therapy for hyperthyroidism
  • Tracheal stent placement
  • Ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies of abdominal organs, pulmonary       nodules, thoracic lymph nodes, mediastinal masses
  • Urethral stent placement

Procedures performed in conjunction with surgery