Health Maintenance Services

Internal Medicine

Though we do our best to keep our pets healthy, sometimes they become ill. An important part of our health services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of pets with diseases that affect their internal organs and body systems. When you bring your pet to Shaker Heights Animal Hospital, you and your pet benefit from the expertise and experience of Dr. Prueter, who is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Specialist with extensive knowledge of complex internal medicine diseases.

Shaker Heights Animal HospitalI-131 Treatment for Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism can occur in aging cats when the thyroid gland releases too much hormone into the body. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, changes in appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and changes in urination. Hyperthyroid cats may also exhibit changes in activity level and overall attitude. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, we recommend you make an appointment for a physical exam and blood work.

Hyperthyroidism can easily be diagnosed by performing a simple blood test called a T4, which measures the amount of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. If it is above normal, your cat is hyperthyroid. There is a medication that can suppress the amount of hormone released from the thyroid gland. It has to be given on a daily basis for the duration of your cat's life and your cat will need to be tested periodically to ensure the medication is working properly.

I-131 is an intravenous treatment that corrects the over-production of thyroid hormone by administering radioactive iodine to your pet. The radioactive iodine shuts down the abnormal or overactive cells of the thyroid gland resulting in the return to normal thyroid activity. This procedure requires your pet to be hospitalized for four days.

Chemotherapy Treatment

One of the most frightening diagnoses you can receive is that your beloved pet has cancer. At Shaker Heights Animal Hospital, the standard treatment for your pet's cancer is almost always surgical removal of the mass. Surgery is the best treatment for both accessible benign cancers and the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Your pet's recovery from surgery is usually rapid and post-surgical pain can be controlled using appropriate medications.

When it is in the best interest of your pet, we also offer chemotherapy treatment. There are many different types of cancer, and some are treated more easily than others. Our veterinarians will discuss the procedure and the probable outcome with you if the decision is made to treat. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and an improved outcome for your pet.

Shaker Heights Animal HospitalPrescription Diets

When pets are diagnosed with conditions or illnesses, diets formulated to support nutritional health can prove beneficial as part of their treatment. Prescription diets can benefit patients with food allergies, diabetes, liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, and many other conditions. At Shaker Heights Animal Hospital we carry prescription diets from Hill's, Royal Canin and Purina. If we do not have the diet your pet requires in stock we would be more than happy to order it for you.

Telemedicine

Technology has given us the ability to consult with specialists as close as the next town or across the country to aid in diagnosing your pet. Our veterinarians can transmit an EKG, X-rays and ultrasound results to colleagues within the veterinary community for consultation or a second opinion. It is one of the many ways we work hard to provide your pet with the most comprehensive care possible.

Referrals

Along with general practice there are many specialties within the veterinary field. To best fulfill the needs of your pet, the veterinarians at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital can refer patients to specialists for CT scans and MRIs, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and emergency care.

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