Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

It has often been said that veterinary medicine is harder than human medicine as our patients can’t tell us how they feel or where it hurts! At Diamond Valley Veterinary Hospitals we provide a complete range of in-house and referral medical services.

External Medicine deals with treatment of the skin, external tissues and musculo-skeletal system. Although this is a simple classification, we treat a large number of clinical problems, in a number of fields. This includes pets with itchy skin, ear infections, abscesses, skin wounds, hair loss, infections, allergies and external eye problems. Once we establish  a diagnosis, a treatment plan will be recommended for your pet.

Internal Medicine covers a wide range of body systems including the nervous system (brain, spine and nerve function), heart, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract and the urinary system.  A good history from an observant owner together with a full physical examination provides a lot of  important clues towards making a diagnosis, but sometimes we need to perform other diagnostic procedures to confirm our suspicions. The exact nature of any further testing and the necessary treatment depends on the body system involved.

Our vets are experienced and trained in the diagnosis and management of many areas of internal medicine, such as:

  • Gastroenterology: Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs.
  • Cardiorespiratory medicine: Disorders of of the heart and lungs.
  • Oncology: Cancer treatment
  • Endocrinology: Hormonal disorders
  • Neurology: Disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.
  • Urogenital Tract Medicine: This encompasses disorders of both the reproductive tract and the urinary system.
  • Haematology: Disorders of blood – red blood cells and white blood cells.
  • Ophthalmology: Disorders of the internal function of eyes.

In unusual or complicated cases we will seek advice from specialists where more involved diagnostics and treatment might be required for your pet. If this is the case for your pet, our Staff will ensure you have a clear understanding of your options for your pets health care plan.

Special care may be required for seriously injured or critically ill animals. If required, our dedicated team of vets and nurses will provide medical and surgical treatment with the goal of stabilising the patient.

This may include intravenous fluid therapy, oxygen supplementation, urgent diagnostic tests, drug administration and monitoring. Emergency surgery may even be required, depending upon the nature of the illness. While such times will be stressful for both pet and owner, we will keep you informed of your pets progress, the costs involved to date and any ongoing costs envisaged. We also can arrange visiting hours for owners to spend time with their pets.

For pets that require emergency attention or intensive care treatment out of our regular consulting hours, pet owners have several options. Please see our Emergencies and After-Hours Services page for further information. While we hope that your pet will never need any of these services, we believe that your mind will be at rest knowing you have a variety of after-hours options should you ever need them.