Internal Medicine

What is the best veterinary treatment when your dog or cat is simply unwell? Working with your primary care veterinarian, the Southpaws internal medicine service will accurately diagnose and formulate the best treatment for your pet after referral.

Consultations with our internal medicine department are fee-paying because often treatment can begin on the spot during the consultation process. Internal medicine covers infectious diseases and disorders of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, immunological, endocrine, hepatobiliary, neurological and urological systems. Our key expertise is cancer treatment (oncology). We use chemotherapy and are the only veterinary radiation therapy unit in Victoria (two in Australia) to provide the best possible outcomes for cancer patients.

The Best Medicine For Dogs and Cats

What is the best veterinary treatment when your dog or cat unwell? Working with your primary care veterinarian, the Southpaws Internal Medicine team will diagnose and formulate the best treatment for your pet after referral. Our service is staffed by experienced general practitioners, with experience in critical and emergency care. The team is supported by intern veterinarians and nurses who provided 24-hour coverage while your pet is in hospital. Click here to see some of our staff profiles. Due to the complicated nature of medicine cases, our initial consultations are fee-paying, and diagnosis of your pet’s condition can often begin immediately. Internal Medicine treatments may require your pet to stay in the hospital overnight or for a few days. Your referring vet may have already commenced some testing, and we will use this history, our experience and diagnostics to come up with the best plan for your pet. For patients that require long-term care (e.g. diabetics), we team up with your family veterinarian to develop the best strategy for your pet’s comfort and quality of life.

Internal medicine covers infectious diseases and disorders of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, immunological, endocrine, hepatobiliary, neurological and urological systems. Together with our specialist surgeons, we can also provide recommendations for cancer treatment (oncology), including chemotherapy, Plati-pump, immunotherapy and radiation therapy to ensure the best possible outcomes for cancer patients. Our chemotherapy options include Palladia – a tyrosine kinase inhibitor and metronomic chemotherapy (continuous low-dose agents and protocols). Our radiation therapy unit achieves some of the highest survival times ever published for canine nasal adenocarcinoma and canine osteosarcoma.

Our extensive diagnostics capabilities include CT, digital Xray, Xray Fluoroscopy, ultrasound and endoscopy.
Our in-house laboratory capabilities for haematology, biochemistry, and electrolytes are supplemented by fast services from external laboratories for further testing. Click here for details of our hospital facilities.

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