What is a board-certified veterinary internist?
Preparing for Your Appointment
- Before making an appointment with our specialists, you must request a referral from your pet’s primary veterinarian. He or she may call us or use the referral portal system available on our website.
NOTE: ***A referral is not necessary if seeing our urgent care service***
- Please ask your primary doctor to fax/email your pet’s records prior to the appointment and/or bring a copy of all pertinent information [e.g. records, radiographs, blood test results etc].
- We recommend fasting your pet for 12 hours prior to the appointment to avoid interference with certain diagnostics [e.g. certain types of bloodwork, abdominal imaging etc]; however, pets with certain conditions [for example, diabetes mellitus, history of low blood sugar or very young] should not be fasted. Please call us prior to the appointment if you have any questions/concerns about fasting your pet.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
- The internal medicine veterinary assistant will first greet you, collect vitals on your pet and ask some routine health questions.
- The internist will then perform a detailed physical examination, listen to your concerns, ask additional questions and discuss the next steps.
- We pride ourselves in timely communication with your pet’s primary doctor and will call them the same day of the appointment with an update and send paperwork within 24 hours.
- If diagnostics are sent to outside laboratories, we will call you with results as soon as available and reviewed.
- We will always have your pet best interest at heart and may refer you to another hospital if a particular diagnostic modality or treatment option is recommended but currently not offered at Skyline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency (for example, advanced imaging such as CT with contrast, MRI).
How to reach us during regular business hours, after-hours and on weekends:
- Regular business hours: Call our main line at 704-672-5590 or send an email to the internal medicine service. Messages received after 5 pm will be returned the following day.
- After-hours (after 5 pm): Ask to speak with a doctor or assistant (urgent care available until 6 pm), leave a message or send an email.
- Weekends: We currently do not offer weekend hours. Please direct your calls to your primary doctor or to one of the hospitals that we recommend for after-hours care:
Some conditions we commonly see:
- Anemia [low red cell count] and other blood disorders
- Chronic sneezing, nasal discharge or coughing
- gastrointestinal problems (vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss)
- Endocrine conditions
- Immune-mediated diseases
- Kidney disease
- Pancreatic and liver disease
- Suspected cancer
Treatment options and procedures currently referred to other hospitals:
- CT/contrast or MRI
- Other specialty services (neurology, oncology, etc)
- Rhinoscopy (endoscopic evaluation of the nasal cavity)
Procedures that we currently provide:
- Bone marrow aspirates and biopsies.
- Bronchoscopy/tracheoscopy (endoscopy of the respiratory tract)
- Colonoscopy (endoscopy of the large bowel)
- Endoscopic removal of gastric (stomach) foreign bodies
- Esophagoscopy (endoscopy of the esophagus)
- Feeding tube placement (nasogastric, esophagostomy, PEG)
- Laryngoscopy (endoscopy of the throat and voice box)
- Gastroduodenoscopy (endoscopic assessment of stomach and early duodenum) with biopsies
- Tracheal/bronchial wash (collection of airway fluid)
- Ultrasound of the abdomen, chest and neck
- Ultrasound-guided needle aspirates or biopsies