Endoscopy:

A Visual Examination of Your Pet’s GI Tract

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When a pet is experiencing frequent vomiting and diarrhea, it’s important to systematically rule out potential causes. Laboratory tests are helpful in identifying many conditions, such as intestinal parasites and underlying disease, but sometimes more advanced veterinary diagnostics are required. That’s where endoscopy comes in.

Endoscopy utilizes high-tech fiber optic technology and enables our veterinarians to perform a direct visual examination of your pet’s gastrointestinal system. In order to perform the procedure, your pet is anesthetized, and a tube containing a camera is passed down through the esophagus and into the stomach and the upper small intestine. Alternatively, the camera can be placed up the rectum and into the colon. These procedures allow our veterinarians to view any potential problems in your pet’s oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, colon, and upper intestinal tract.

Endoscopy is used to detect and diagnose a myriad of conditions. These include infections, inflammatory bowel disease, certain forms of pet cancer, and the presence of foreign bodies.

When necessary, biopsies can sometimes be taken during the procedure. Should a foreign body be discovered, it may be possible to remove it at that time.

We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this service to our pet patients and their families. Endoscopy enables our veterinarians to accurately diagnose and treat conditions while avoiding the need for veterinary surgery in many cases. This means less trauma for your pet and a quicker recovery time.

Endoscopy is just one of the ways our veterinarians and staff are able to provide state-of-the-art and compassionate veterinary care to the pets we treat.