Occasionally, the only way to make a proper diagnosis for your pet is by utilizing endoscopy - the examination of the internal organs and the sampling of tissue using a scope.
During an endoscopy, the veterinarian will insert the scope into an opening in the body and will be able to examine internal organs, such as the lungs and airways, colon, urinary tract and bladder, and the stomach and intestines. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that may allow our veterinarians to detect and diagnose gastrointestinal issues or certain kinds of cancer. The scope can also sample tissue, as well as aid in the removal of foreign objects.
If your pet is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or weight and appetite loss, you should bring your pet in for immediate examination and testing. Our veterinarians will typically issue a blood test as a way to detect any major red flags. Following a blood test, we may recommend a gastrointestinal biopsy, X-ray or ultrasound, or an endoscopy.
When a human receives an endoscopy, very little sedation is used. However, pets may be less cooperative because they do not understand what is being done to them. Therefore, general anesthesia is usually required during the procedure.
Endoscopy is one of the most effective methods of diagnosing internal health issues in pets. With the use of an endoscope, your veterinarian is given a complete and comprehensive view of your pets internal health and will be able to pinpoint the problem.
Give us a call here at Deerfield Animal Hospital to schedule a consultation. (210) 492-5575