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Pet Specialists of Monterey

Internal Medicine

Pet Specialists of Monterey provides advanced internal medicine diagnostics and care performed by our board-certified small animal internists and a team of highly-skilled staff. We are committed to providing you and your pet with comprehensive and compassionate care during diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of medical conditions.

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is the official certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large animal and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and neurology. These specialists are known as ACVIM Diplomates. A small animal internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who completed 4 years of veterinary school, 1 or 2 years of internship, and a 3-year small animal internal medicine residency. The residency program includes specialty training in physiology, infectious disease, pharmacology, and pathology, along with species-specific training for diagnosis and care of dogs and cats. Dr. Fradkin and Dr. Ghormley are two of approximately 1300 ACVIM small animal internists in the world.

It is likely that your family veterinarian has referred you and your pet to the internal medicine department at Pet Specialists of Monterey for one of the following reasons:

  • Endocrine disease (adrenal tumors, complicated diabetes, thyroid disorders)
  • Liver and gallbladder inflammation or infection
  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea or other digestive problems
  • Complicated pancreatic disease
  • Coughing and breathing problems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Anemia or other blood disorders
  • Kidney or bladder diseases
  • Unexplained weight loss

What to Expect at Your Internal Medicine Consult

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The internist will review information provided by you and your family veterinarian, perform a complete and thorough physical examination of your pet, and based on these initial findings, additional tests and care may be recommended. Depending on your pet’s condition, diagnostic testing or treatments may include:

  • Advanced laboratory testing of various tissue and blood samples
  • Diagnostic Imaging—ultrasound, radiography (x-rays), CT scans, MRIs
  • Biopsies of masses, internal organs, or bone marrow
  • Endoscopic examination—the use of a slender, tubular camera for non-invasive visual examination and sampling of internal organs or body structures
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Nutrition consultations

Referrals and Appointments

Listed below are a few situations in which you and your pet may benefit from a referral to the Pet Specialists of Monterey internal medicine department.

  • Your pet’s disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing
  • You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your pet’s condition
  • The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected
  • Your pet requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered only by a specialty hospital
  • Your pet can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital

Appointments and Referrals

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, DVM, MS, DACVIM or Dr. Tara Ghormley, DVM, DACVIM, please call us at 831-899-4838.

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