Endoscopy involves the use of a flexible scope, inserted through the mouth or the rectum, to examine the inside of your pet’s stomach or colon. The images produced in this examination give your veterinarian a clear view of any inflammation or ulceration occurring inside of these vital organs. Our veterinarians are also trained to locate and remove accidentally swallowed objects. We use precise biopsy instruments in conjunction with the scope, enabling the diagnoses of cancerous tumors or other gastrointestinal conditions. Endoscopy must be performed with the patient under anesthesia. Your veterinarian will instruct you to withhold your pet’s food and water during the 12–18 hours leading up to the procedure.
Endoscopy is a diagnostic, non-invasive tool used to evaluate cases of chronic vomiting, weight loss, and chronic diarrhea. It may also be used on an emergency basis for removal of gastric and esophageal foreign bodies and may be an alternative to surgery.
Over the years at Animal Medical Hospital, we have removed numerous foreign bodies, including coins, bones, cloth material, and rocks, thereby preventing major abdominal surgery.
We do accept referrals from other hospitals for patients in need of endoscopy diagnostics. Please call us at (704) 334-4684(704) 334-4684 to discuss your pet’s endoscopy needs with one of our veterinarians.
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