Endoscopy is a non-invasive procedure used to examine your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and perform removals of foreign objects. Our practice offers visiting mobile endoscopy services for your pet. We can see and diagnose issues in your pet’s esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon through the endoscope.
Is my pet a good candidate for the procedure?
Endoscopy could be a good fit for helping diagnose your pet’s health issues if they have symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, and swelling. Endoscopy involves using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera at one end, to inspect your pet’s organs. They’re commonly inserted through their mouth or rectum, depending on what’s being examined. Endoscopy can help us diagnose:
- Foreign objects
- Abnormalities like scarring or swelling
How should I prepare my pet for their procedure?
Depending on the part of the gastrointestinal tract we’re examining, your pet may need to fast for 12 to 18 hours before their procedure. Fasting is necessary because your pet’s stomach and intestinal tract should be free of food or fecal matter to give us the best, unobstructed view of the area. Your pet must also be under general anesthesia to ensure the endoscope can safely examine them. This means your pet will need pre-anesthesia testing to ensure they won’t react badly to the medication. The dosage is short-acting, so it should wear off soon after your pet’s procedure. If you have any questions, please contact us at 604-427-2744.