Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine

    The specialty of small animal internal medicine is broad in scope and focuses on the treatment of numerous organs and body systems. Diagnosing some of these conditions can be a challenge because many pets experience a variety of symptoms which can be indicative of multiple diseases. This is why you sometimes hear internists called puzzle solvers. Their diagnostic skills and treatment acumen must be extremely acute in order to determine the precise cause of the problem.

    Our internist, Dr. Melissa Riensche, works very closely with Dr. Victoria Heffelman, our board certified radiologist. Together, they utilize a host of diagnostic and imaging modalities to assess each patient as needed:

    • Digital radiography (x-ray)
    • Ultrasound
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Computed tomography (CT Scan)
    • Ultrasound guided aspiration and biopsy 

    Our internists perform advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including:

    Autoimmune Diseases
    • Hemolytic Anemia
    • Thrombocytopenia
    • Polyarthritis
    Endocrinology
    • Diagnostic testing/diabetes mellitus
    • Cushing's disease
    • Thyroid disorders
    Endocrinology
    • Diagnostic testing/diabetes mellitus
    • Cushing's disease
    • Thyroid disorders
    Gastroenterology
    • Endoscopy for biopsy of intestines, stomach, 
      colon, retrieval of foreign bodies
    • Feeding tube placement  
    Hematology
    • Blood transfusion therapy
    • Bone marrow aspirates

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    Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
    86 W. Juniper Avenue
    Gilbert, AZ 85233

    Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7
    Fax: 480-365-0641

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    Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
    located in the Arizona Veterinary Specialists Building

    86 W. Juniper Avenue
    Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7
    Fax: 480-365-0641
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