Veterinary endoscopy provides a simple, safe, non-invasive way to visually examine your pet’s gastrointestinal system.
With endoscopy, an accurate diagnosis and specific treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, and colon disease can be achieved. Sometimes, an endoscopy allows for the removal of foreign objects without the need for surgery.
Above all though, endoscopy is best at diagnosing dogs with chronic GI disorders such as chronic vomiting, chronic diarrhea, ulcers, and more.
Anesthesia is Mandatory
Just so you know, the procedure is quite simple; however, anesthesia is mandatory for a proper endoscopic evaluation.
After placing your pet under sedation or general anesthesia, a flexible endoscope (about the diameter of your ring finger) is inserted into the cavity being visualized. Abnormalities such as tumors, polyps, inflamed tissue, and bleeding can be visualized. Sometimes, it is necessary to insufflate or inject air into the cavity being examined. Inflating the cavity allows for a more thorough and detailed examination. The time it takes to perform the exam is roughly 15-20 minutes and before any endoscopic procedure, pets must fast for a minimum of 24 hours.
Risk of Veterinary Endoscopy
Veterinary endoscopy is a safe procedure. No real risk exists for the procedure itself. The only 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
- Gastric Ulcers
When Might My Pet Need Endoscopy?
Anytime your pet suffers from long-term vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, or excessive salivation, endoscopy can provide the answers you need.
The great thing about endoscopy is that the procedure is fast, simple, and straightforward. Many times, endoscopy eliminates the need for surgery especially with a history of foreign body ingestion.