Health Maintenance Services

Internal Medicine for Your Pet in Kansas City

Internal Medicine for Your Kansas City Pet

Despite the very best preventive care, animals can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for both you and your pet, especially because you can’t simply ask your companion what’s wrong. You need a skilled veterinarian whom you can trust to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your pet. While the clinic's focus is your pet’s wellness, an important part of the hospital's services is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet’s internal organs and body systems. The experienced veterinarians and medical staff at Camelot Court Animal Clinic, supported by advanced diagnostic technology, are able identify and effectively treat a range of complex internal medicine diseases.

Because we are committed to provide your pet with access to the best medical care, we have also invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary in order to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s illness. It is the clinic's policy to review any recommended tests with you before they are performed, as well as discuss all the available treatment options and fees.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or inhaled irritants like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is 6 months of age with the majority of affected dogs over age 2. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress such coughing, sneezing and wheezing or digestive problems, causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.

Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Pet Glaucoma Prevention in Kansas City

Pet Glaucoma Prevention in Kansas City

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary, or chronic glaucoma, is hereditary and develops as your pet ages. Secondary, or acute glaucoma, develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation requiring immediate attention.

Symptoms of glaucoma include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

The Importance of Glaucoma Screening

The experienced veterinarians at Camelot Court Animal Clinic recommend that your pet receives a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care at the veterinarian's discretion, based on symptoms or risk factors relative to the breed. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

Pet Laser Therapy

Reducing pain and promoting healing is one of the medical team’s top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a class IV therapeutic laser, which we use on patients following surgery or an injury. It can also be used to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.

Laser therapy is a painless FDA approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body’s cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

Laser Therapy: How It Works

During each treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. In addition, it can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, improve circulation and nerve function, reduce scar tissue formation and help the immune system fend off infection. Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells.

As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to their usual activities.

What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat?

Pet Laser Therapy in Kansas City

Wound healing, including:

  • Post-operative surgical incisions
  • Contaminated or infected wounds
  • Burns
  • Snake bites

Skin conditions, including:

  • Dermatitis
  • Cat bite abscesses
  • Eczema
  • Frostbite
  • Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet)
  • Seborrhea (dandruff)

Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders, including:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Pets typically do not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments, and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Most pets do not need to have their fur clipped.

Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment, however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Generally, four to eight treatments produce the best results. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition.

Your Pet’s Nutrition

Your Pet’s Nutrition

A balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, is an essential ingredient for your pet’s overall good health. As your pet’s caregiver, proper nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to your pets health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value.

To support your efforts, the doctors at Camelot Court Animal Clinic provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs and feeding strategies for your individual pet. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet’s overall well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. Camelot Court Animal Clinic carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products.