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Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Department at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral is dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s disease. The department is led by Dr. Kathy Arrington and supported by Dr. Susan Simmerson and our newest member, Dr. Lisa Sepesy, as well as a team of highly trained and skilled technicians. In addition, Dr. Robin Pullen is an internal medicine specialist who fills in at DCVR as needed.

At DCVR, we use the most advanced technology in the analysis of your pet. To reach a precise diagnosis, we have a modern in-house laboratory, abdominal ultrasound unit with color flow Doppler, video endoscopy, rigid endoscopy, digital radiography, CT Scan, and a range of other diagnostic tools. Additionally, DCVR works closely with the most prestigious University Labs such as Cornell, Colorado, and Texas A&M, in order to provide diagnostic capabilities for your pet.

In addition to the Internal Medicine Department, Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral has board certified specialists on staff supporting the areas of Cardiology, Neurology, Radiology, and Surgery. This allows our service to closely consult with other specialists to offer you complete care of your pet’s condition.

When you arrive for your appointment, one of our Internal Medicine technicians will come up front to greet you, briefly take your pet into the hospital to obtain vital signs, and then escort you and your pet into an exam room where you will meet with the doctor. During your consultation, the doctor will review your pet’s history as well as the past medical record provided by your regular veterinarian, and perform a thorough physical exam.  After that, she will discuss with you the best diagnostic and therapeutic options for your pet, taking into consideration any diagnostics that may have already been performed by your regular veterinarian. You can expect in most cases to leave your pet with us for a few hours or the rest of the day to allow for a thorough work-up.  If it is more convenient for you, a future date can be scheduled to perform the diagnostic procedures recommended.

Our hospitalization services are capable of caring for the most debilitated patients. We are staffed with a team of compassionate and competent veterinary technicians that will take an active role in the care of your pet. If hospitalization is needed, the specialist will discuss the details in regard to your pet’s stay. While your pet is hospitalized, daily doctor updates will be provided to you regarding his/her progress, and you are welcome to call at any time, day or night, for an update provided by a technician. Visiting hours for hospitalized patients are from 12pm-8pm, but we ask that you call ahead and let us know when you would like to come in so we can make sure it is an appropriate time with regards to your pet’s treatment schedule.

For some procedures, a sedative or general anesthesia will be required. Rest assured that your loved one will be monitored by a member of our technical staff. We have state of the art monitoring equipment and the newest modalities to provide a safe and fast recovery from procedures.

At the end of the visit, you will receive a personalized report of the findings and treatment recommendations. Reports may also be emailed to you if this is a more convenient option.  Follow-up recommendations and a detailed prognosis will be discussed with you. Your family veterinarian will receive a faxed/emailed report as well in order to keep all parties involved in the care of your loved one.