Internal Medicine2018-04-27T06:53:06+00:00
John Loftus, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
John Loftus, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)Internal Medicine Specialist - Ithaca, NY
Dr. Loftus is a board certified small animal internist and is also residency trained in clinical nutrition. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for his undergraduate and PhD degrees. After completing his doctoral training in immunology, he attended Cornell University where he obtained his DVM degree. He completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship, Residency in Clinical Nutrition and Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University. He is currently a Lecturer in the Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University. His clinical and research interests include Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases and nutritionally responsive diseases and has published extensively in these areas. He looks forward to applying his expertise to assist in the care of ill pets through VetNOW.

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine specialists use their training and experience to work with your veterinarian to determine what is causing your pet’s ailment. They typically help to diagnose, treat, and manage chronic conditions. The symptoms of these conditions often include one or more of the following: vomiting, diarrhea, exercise intolerance, lethargy, coughing, rapid breathing, weight gain or weight loss, urinating more frequently (called polyuria), drinking more water (called polydipsia), hair loss, or other chronic changes.

Our animal internal medicine specialists often develop long term relationships with patients and their primary care veterinarian as they work together as a team to manage your pet’s illness. A few of the tools that are available to internists include:

  • Abdominal ultrasounds (sometimes called sonograms)
  • Echocardiograms (an ultrasound of the heart)
  • ECG or EKG (electrocardiogram) which allows the doctor to evaluate the electrical activity within the heart muscle
  • Endoscopy (a camera that enters through the mouth and can visualize the esophagus, stomach, and sometimes the upper portion of the intestines)
  • Colonoscopy (a camera that enters through the rectum and can visualize the colon and lower portion of the intestines)
  • Numerous tests that can be run on blood, urine, and other fluids

If your pet is severely ill and requires hospitalization, our animal internal medicine doctor will work with our staff of emergency veterinarians and critical care doctors to ensure your pet gets the care he or she needs around the clock.