Endoscopy is a non-invasive procedure that our veterinarians use to avoid exploratory surgery. During the operation, an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera on the end) is used to examine the organs and internal system. We pass the tube through the mouth and down the esophagus in order to inspect the lungs, urinary bladder, stomach and colon.
This procedure is performed by specialists who come to our clinic for scheduled appointments.
When is this procedure recommended?
Endoscopy is recommended when other diagnostics such as bloodwork, ultrasounds or X-rays can’t identify the health problem. If your cat or dog is showing signs of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss or problems swallowing, an endoscopy is recommended. With this examination, we can diagnose internal bleeding or swelling, inflammation or foreign objects.
Is anesthesia used during endoscopy?
To safely perform the procedure, our team will use general anesthesia. It can be very uncomfortable to keep their mouth open for a period of time, so we put them to sleep. We will also follow our anesthesia precautions such as preanesthetic testing and close monitoring to prevent any complications.
How can I prepare my local companion for an endoscopy?
Your cat or dog should fast for up to 10 hours to prevent anything from obstructing the view. We may also provide medication to remove stool from the intestines. Our team will provide other instructions if necessary. If you have questions about the procedure for your cat or dog, please call us at 604-273-3158.