Internal Medicine for Pets with Chronic or Complex Conditions

Led by Dr. Erick Spencer, Friendship Internal Medicine specializes in minimally invasive diagnostic techniques, including endoscopy, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and biopsy - all utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Unfortunately, some medical conditions are tough to diagnose and manage. Maybe your companion’s illness can’t be detected through standard testing or isn’t responding to current treatment options. In these cases, your companion may need to see an internist - a veterinarian with advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of internal disease. You’ll be relieved to know that the most experienced and compassionate internal medicine team in the area is right here at Friendship Hospital. Using cutting-edge diagnostics and techniques, they are able to find the root of the problem quickly and provide you and your primary care veterinarian with recommendations and a treatment plan, in most cases, the very same day.

Diagnostic Services

At Friendship, we understand that advanced diagnostics means better health. We offer advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities for a variety of diseases including orthopedic, intra-abdominal, cardiac, and a number of other disorders. These capabilities include sophisticated ultrasound and endoscopy.

  • Ultrasound—This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs. This allows us to biopsy intra-abdominal structures without surgery.
  • Endoscopy—High-tech fiber optics permits direct visual examination and biopsies of your pet’s gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon, and even upper intestinal tract disease. In some cases, foreign objects can also be removed without the need for surgery.

Meet the Doctor

  • Dr. Erick Spencer, DVM, DACVIM, is originally from the Washington, DC area. Dr. Spencer attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to earn his DVM. He earned a MS and completed his residency in small animal internal medicine at Washington State University. After completing his residency, Dr. Spencer remained at WSU as an assistant clinical professor before entering practice as a board-certified Internist. Though he has a broad interest in medicine, his particular interests include treating endocrine, urologic, and respiratory diseases.

Consultations can be scheduled by contacting the internal medicine coordinator. If special procedures need to be performed to evaluate or treat your pet, they can usually be scheduled the same day as the consultation. Also, because minimally invasive diagnostic techniques are used in internal medicine’s evaluations, pets are usually able to return home later the same day.