Specialist Medicine and Treatments for Pets
Our team of veterinary specialists, doctors, surgeons and nurses are highly qualified and trained in treating a wide range of rare and complicated conditions and diseases. We work from our fully equipped 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital with an on-site testing laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment.
Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, making its task of carrying out digestive and hormonal functions extremely difficult. Successful treatment hinges on accurate diagnosis and professional therapy. In cases of mild pancreatitis, most animals recover without any long-term problems.
The warning signs of a pancreatic disorder include:
- Abdominal pain
- Poor or lack of an appetite
Diagnosing Heart Disease
There are two main types of heart disease in pets, both of which can have serious effects on their long-term health. The first is chronic valvular disease where a heart valve begins to leak and reduces the amount of blood being pumped around the body. The second form of heart disease is myocardial disease where the heart pumps less efficiently, often due to a weakening or thickening of the main heart muscles.
At Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists, we use radiography equipment to assess the state of the heart and discover abnormalities as well as ultrasound examinations to further characterise the sort of heart disease. There is no single cause for heart disease, but some risk factors include obesity, hypertension, and possibly dental disease.
Lung Disease in Pets
Respiratory diseases are fairly common in dogs and cats, especially for elderly animals with weaker immune systems, making them increasingly vulnerable to airborne pathogens, pollutants and allergens. Frequent signs of lung disease include coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulties. Once the disease is diagnosed, treatment can involve medication, special diets and regular or restricted exercise depending on the cause.
Causes and Treatments of Liver Disease
The liver serves many functions in your pet’s body, including aiding with digestion, producing certain hormones and removing toxins from the blood. Due to the variety in these vital functions, liver disease presents itself in many ways and the warning signs can often be vague.
Liver disease can be caused by damage to a related organ, such as the intestines or pancreas, due to bacterial infection, parasites or toxins. Treatment of the disease depends on determining its initial cause. In many cases, part of the treatment will be a diet that has been specially designed to aid liver function as well as supportive medications.
Hormones are chemical messengers, serving many functions in the body, and numerous glands and organs are involved in their production and distribution. Endocrine (hormonal) diseases can manifest as either an under- or over-production of the hormone in question. For example, diabetes results from a lack of insulin production (or insulin resistance) whereas hypothyroidism is caused by an underactive thyroid gland.
Endocrine diseases resulting from an overproduction of a hormone may be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or medication, whilst hormone replacement treatment is used for syndromes of hormone deficiency.
Treating Cancer in Pets
Successful treatment of animal cancer relies on early detection. At Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists, our team utilises a range of high-tech, diagnostic imaging techniques to identify cancers and our experts can then perform surgery to remove a tumour on-site as soon as possible. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medications can also be used in combination to treat the condition.
Speak to a Veterinary Specialist in Sydney
If you believe your pet may have fallen sick with an illness that requires specialised attention, do not hesitate to contact Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists on 02 9197 5800 and we’ll help them on the road to recovery.