Information on different departments at SNU VMTH and introduction for the medical staff will be provided here.

Digestive organs are where the food consumed by the animal is digested and absorbed, consisting of a wide range of organs such as esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, etc. These organs are sometimes further categorized into hepatobiliary organs and pancreas.
The main symptoms of the digestive system include dysphagia, acute/chronic vomiting, hematemesis, acute/chronic diarrhea, hematochezia, melena and dyschezia, which can also lead to anorexia, depression, weakness, weight loss, abdominal dilatation and abdominal pain.
Specific symptoms of hepatobiliary organs diseases include abdominal swelling, jaundice, hemostatic disorder , polyuria/polydipsia, upper abdominal pain, etc., and other nonspecific symptoms are similar to other digestive symptoms. Tests for diagnosis include blood tests, X-rays, urinalysis, radiographic examinations, ultrasound, endoscopy, testing for antigens against infectious diseases, and other specialized tests.
Typical diseases treated by gastroenterlogy include esophageal foreign substances, megaesophagus, reflux oesophagitis, gastric foreign body, gastric inflammation, gastric ulcer, gastric tumor, intestinal foreign body, acute/chronic enteritis by bacterial or parasite, and infectious intestinal diseases such as canine Parvo viral enteritis, canine corona enteritis and feline panleukopenia virus infection, and various inflammatory bowel diseases related to the immune system, as well as megacolon.
And acute and chronic hepatitis associated with the hepatabiliary organs, cirrhosis, congenital and acquired hepatoportal shunts, liver tumors, cholecystitis, gallbladder stones, biliary obstruction, acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic exocrine dysfunction and pancreatic tumors, etc.
Pulmonology and
This can be largely divided into Pulmonology and Cardiovascular departments. Usually, animal pulmonology includes otorhinolaryngology, and refers to an area of medicine that diagnoses and treats diseases that occur in nasal cavity, throat, trachea, bronchus, and lungs, etc. common symptoms with which patients visit the hospital, and the typical diseases include brachycephalic syndrome found in snub-nosed dogs(such as Shih-Tzu, Pekingese, Bulldog, etc.), Tracheal collapse, pneumonia accompanied by infectious diseases such as distemper virus, and allergic pneumonia, etc.
SNU VMTH performs stethoscope, X-ray, blood tests, infectious disease tests, and nasal/organ washing, etc. for accurate diagnosis and treatment. In terms of animal cardiovascular medicine, vascular disease only takes a minor proportion, and heart diseases take up most of the treatments. These heart diseases include symptoms such as cyanosis, exercise intolerance, dyspnea, cough, ascites, and fainting, etc.
Congenital heart disease can be divided into congenital and acquired heart diseases. Congenital heart diseases include patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD), and Tetralogy of Fallot. Acquired cardiac diseases include heartworm infections, diverticulum insufficiency (MVII), tricuspid insufficiency (TVI), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and hypercardiomyopathy (HCM), etc.
We perform basic diagnosis of stethoscope, X-ray and blood tests, and induce accurate diagnosis through more specialized electrocardiogram and echocardiography. We also pay particular attention to medication and dietary control.
Urology department
Urinary organs filters wastes in the blood through the kidneys and discharge them out of the body in the form of urine.
The organs in the urinary system, which is the pathway for the urine to be created, stored and discharged, are composed of kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, etc.
Symptoms of diseases dealt with in the urology department may include dysuria, hematuria, oliguria and polyuria, as well as non-specific symptoms such as depression, loss of appetite, pain, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. These animals are diagnosed and treated accordingly through urinalysis, ultrasound, x-ray, ultrasound, blood tests, and biopsy, etc.
Typical diseases treated by urology department include stones and tumors in the urinary system, acute and chronic renal failure, pyelonephritis, glomerular diseases, cystitis, and lower urinary tract syndromes that are common in obese cats.
Endocrine refers to hormone being secreted into the body. Pituitary gland, thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes are representative endocrine organs. An endocrine metabolic disorder means that the hormones secreted from these endocrine organs are above or below the normal levels. Of course, various tumors or inflammatory conditions that occur in these endocrine organs are also included in endocrine metabolic disorders.
Typical endocrine disorders include diabetes mellitus, hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, and hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of these diseases are exhibited through nausea, increased appetite, weight gain or loss, symmetrical hair loss on the skin or pigmentation. In addition to basic blood tests, urinalysis, X-ray and ultrasound tests, endocrine disorders are diagnosed and treated accordingly by specialized hormone tests.
Contagious diseases
Although the occurrence rate of contagious diseases is decreasing due to vaccination, animals with lack of immunity from the mother before the vaccination, or collectively raised animals tend to suffer from contagious diseases. These contagious diseases are spread through bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, ticks, protozoa, etc. In case of virus, symptoms may be more serious, and may require the animal to be admitted to the hospital and get symptom therapy such as IV or injections, etc.
Diseases common to dogs and cats include dermatophyte, giardia, coccidiosis, ear mites, sarcoptes scabiei and heartworms, etc.
Virus-based diseases are mostly non-transferrable between dogs and cats. Common viral infections in dogs are corona, parvo, distemper viruses etc., and more recently influenza. Viral infections in cats include panleukopenia, calicivirus, feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, etc.
We conduct various kit tests, feces tests, and PCR tests to identify the causative agents, and perform basic blood tests.
We also perform ultrasound and X-ray if necessary for each disease, and carry out intensive treatment in a hospitalized in isolated hospital room.
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