Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Service at MVMC is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disease of the cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, urogenital, endrocrine, immune and hematologic systems. Pets can develop a complex variety of illnesses requiring the skill and expertise of a knowledgeable board-certified internal medicine specialist.

Dr. Wagner, Dr. Diroff and Dr. Rondeau work closely with your primary veterinarian to consult about your pet’s problems, and to determine a diagnostic and treatment plan. Your pet’s plan may include critical monitoring or out-patient treatment at MVMC, or therapy under the care and supervision of your primary veterinarian. Drs. Wagner and Rondeau are available for follow up appointments or for consults with your primary veterinarian should questions or additional problems arise during your pet’s recovery.

If Your Pet is Admitted to the MVMC We Have a Highly Qualified Veterinary and Nursing Staff Providing 24 Hour Medical Care and Monitoring.

The MVMC Internal Medicine Service Provides Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment for the Following Conditions:

  • Endocrine disease including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s disease, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism

  • Gastrointestinal disease including inflammatory bowel disease, chronic vomiting or diarrhea, intestinal neoplasia, and pancreatitis

  • Renal and urogenital disease including acute and chronic kidney disease, urinary incontinence or obstruction, urinary tract infections, and glomerulonephritis

  • Hepatic and biliary disease including hepatic lipidosis, cholangiohepatitis, biliary obstruction, hepatic encephalopathy, chronic active hepatitis

  • Immune-mediated and hematologic diseases including anemia, thrombocytopenia, polycthemia,lymphadenopathy, and polyarthropathy

  • Infectious disease including Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), fungal infections, and Leptospirosis

  • Cardiovascular disease including congestive heart failure, pericardial effusion, hypertension, and pleural effusion

  • Respiratory disease including rhinitis, nasopharyngeal polyps, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma* Oncologic disease including lymphoma, splenetic tumors, mast cell tumors, transitional cell carcinoma, and malignant histiocytosis

Internal Medicine Department Treatments and Procedures

Many of these procedures can be performed during routine appointments scheduled Monday through Thursday, and may be available as needed on an emergency basis. Treatments and procedures by our Internal Medicine Service Include:

  • Abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy, including gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy

  • Esophageal stricture balloon dilation

  • Esophageal and Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) feeding tube placement

  • Urethrocystoscopy

  • Vaginoscopy

  • Rhinoscopy and nasopharyngoscopy

  • Bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

  • Transtracheal wash

  • Bone marrow aspirate

  • Transfusion therapy

  • Digital radiography, CT and MRI

Common Conditions Evaluated 

  • Chronic or severe vomiting, diarrhea, swallowing disorders, chronic inappetance, weight loss

  • Urinary incontinence, increased frequency of urination, increase thirst and urination, difficulty urinating

  • Chronic nasal discharge, sneezing, snorting, coughing, difficulty breathing

  • Anemia, clotting disorders

  • Fever of unknown origin

  • Icterus

  • Distended abdomen, abdominal masses, abdominal fluid

  • Increased liver enzymes, kidney values, hypercalcemia, hypoalbuminemia

  • Neurologic systems that might be metabolic (liver shunt, liver failure, hypoglycemia, etc.)

Your Pet’s Anesthetic Experience

At the MVMC our commitment to your pet’s anesthetic experience is to maintain optimal comfort and safety, provide extensive in-depth monitoring to detect and resolve patient individual problems, reduce stress and anxiety from a pet being away from home and in a strange environment and eliminate pain from injury and surgery. Anesthesia is a dynamic medical procedure that involves critical support throughout emergency and specialty care at the MVMC.

If you have an emergency

Call (207) 885-1290

Maine Veterinary Medical Center