Animal Doctor Endoscopy is performed to further evaluate and potentially help your pet. We accept referrals and provide second opinions.
Description: Animal Doctor now has the capability of Endoscopy. Under general anesthesia, an endoscope is a flexible camera used to visualize the inside of a pet’s esophagus or stomach.
How to know if my pet needs an endoscopy? If your vet is concerned about a foreign body they may recommend an endoscopy to better evaluate the situation.
What is an endoscope used for?
Take biopsies of abnormal tissues for testing
Remove foreign material from the stomach or esophagus
What does this evaluation help with?
- With this information, we can better diagnose diseases of these organs.
What are potential treatment plans?
- For foreign body removal (gastrotomy, enterotomy)
- Mass excision
- Gastrointestinal protectant medications
- Pain/anti-inflammatory medications
- Stomach acid reducers
- These may be recommended based on the findings during endoscopy or follow up testing.
- Potentially prescription hypoallergenic or low residue diets, canned foods.
Referral If Indicated
- We may recommend referral to an oncology or a soft tissue surgeon based on endoscopy findings.
What are the benefits of endoscopy vs. surgery?
- Endoscopy is less invasive than surgery
- Can help diagnose diseases and pathologies quickly, and can resolve potential blockages of the gastrointestinal tract by removing foreign material.