As you get older, you tend to notice that you need to see more specialists for your well being. There are neurologists, podiatrists, dermatologists, etc. The same goes for your furry little friends. Since the demand for more services has grown over the years, so have veterinary specialists.
According to Dr. Gerald Post, DVM, DACVIM, there are a number of veterinary specialists that you can bring your pets to for various issues they may be having.
- Cardiologists have advanced training in heart-related diseases. They perform echocardiograms, breaking down EKG’s, and find out which medications can be best for the various types of heart problems that dogs and cats develop.
- Neurologists are able to treat neuromuscular-related problems. They deal with certain conditions like epilepsy, seizures, stroke, myasthenia gravis and intervertebral disc disease.
- Oncologists focus on treating cancer. There are medical oncologists who focus on chemotherapy, immunotherapy, novel therapies and radiation oncologists who focus on delivering radiation therapy. Both of these groups spend years with advanced training focusing only on cancer. Because this field is one of the most rapidly advancing, in terms of the amount of new knowledge gleaned, the veterinary oncologist is the most appropriate specialist to treat your pet’s cancer (thestamfordtimes.com).
- An Internist has advanced training in other medical diseases such as kidney failure, liver failure, diabetes and gastrointestinal problems.