Veterinary endoscopy allows for direct visual examination and biopsies of your pet’s gastrointestinal system.
With endoscopy, a more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon and even upper intestinal tract disease can be achieved. Foreign objects can sometimes be removed without the need for surgery. Endoscopy is invaluable in diagnosing dogs with chronic GI disorders such as chronic vomiting and chronic diarrhea.
Anesthesia is Mandatory
Anesthesia is mandatory for proper veterinary endoscopic evaluation. Pets are placed under sedation or general anesthesia and then a flexible endoscope (about the diameter of your ring finger) is inserted into the cavity being visualized. Sometimes, it is necessary to insufflate the cavity being examined. Inflating the cavity allows for more thorough and detailed examination.
Risk of Veterinary Endoscopy
Veterinary endoscopy is a safe procedure. No real risk exists for the procedure itself. The only real risk factor is with the anesthesia or sedation necessary to perform the procedure.
Diseases Diagnosed Via Endoscopy
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Esophageal Strictures
- Foreign Body Removal