What is a Pet Endoscopy

A Pet Endoscopy is a procedure that is usually used to assess the surface of your pet’s internal organs through a small tube inserted into their body. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic technique that requires shorter anaesthetic time and no surgical incision.

Common uses are to investigate the causes of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling, weight loss, respiratory problems or to collect biopsy samples. Sometimes, it can be used to remove small objects.

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How to prepare for a pet endoscopy

For the procedure to be successful, it is essential your pet fasts for 12 to 24 hours before the procedure. This will ensure the stomach and intestinal tract are clear of all food and fecal matter. Our friendly staff will ensure to tell you any extra requirements well in advance.
An endoscopy is a diagnostics procedure only, meaning that you will be able to take your pet home on the day after it has recovered from the anaesthetic
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What is involved in a pet endoscopy

General Anaesthesia is compulsory when performing a pet endoscopy. It is not possible to safely pass an endoscope into a conscious animal’s stomach or colon.
It is impossible to safely pass an endoscope into a conscious pet’s stomach or colon. Most pets require only short-acting anaesthetic and are able to go home shortly after completion of the dog gastrointestinal exam.
A biopsy often will be performed during the endoscopy, this will be sent to a pathologist to confirm a diagnosis. In some cases, the foreign object in question may be able to be removed, giving your pet well deserved relief

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At MyOwnVet, we commonly use endoscopy to get an accurate diagnosis when other tests are inconclusive or do not give us a complete picture of the problem. If your pet is experiencing abdominal pain or swelling, book an appointment today!