Endoscopy is the examination of the internal organs via a scope. There are times when the only way to make a proper diagnosis for your pet is by utilizing endoscopy, which is why it is an invaluable tool for our veterinary staff at Goodwin Animal Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama.
During an endoscopy, the veterinarian will insert the scope into an opening in the body to better examine internal organs, such as the lungs and airways, colon, urinary tract and bladder, and the stomach and intestines. High-tech fiber optics permits direct visual examination and biopsies of your pet’s gastrointestinal system. 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.
Endoscopies are also sometimes used to obtain biopsies of the stomach, intestines or esophagus, to remove foreign objects or to aid in the placement of feeding tubes.
Our veterinarians will typically precede an endoscopy with 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, because pets may sometimes be less cooperative during this procedure, general anesthesia is usually required for most pets.
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 at Goodwin Animal Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, regarding any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation.