Endoscopy is a non-invasive tool we use to examine your pet's internal organs and systems without large incisions. A tube with a camera (endoscope) on one end is interested through your pet's mouth or rectum. This procedure allows us to identify abnormalities and determine the best way to treat your pet's health issues.
How should my pet prepare for an endoscopy appointment?
Before your pet has the procedure, we'll do bloodwork to determine how their body will respond to anesthesia. Anesthesia is necessary to ensure your pet is safe during the duration of the procedure. Since your pet's stomach and intestinal tract will be examined by the endoscope, they need to be empty before their appointment. For example, pets who are having their stomach examined need to fast for at least 12 hours before their visit. If you have questions about preparing your pet for the procedure, please contact us at 604-522-3344.
When does my pet need an endoscopy procedure?
If your pet has symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained weight loss, the endoscope will be guided through their gastrointestinal tract to retrieve a sample for a biopsy. Our initial examination while the endoscope is being maneuvered through your pet's gastrointestinal tract, as well as the results of the biopsy, will provide us with an accurate diagnosis for your pet. We can also remove toys, items, and other foreign objects that your pet has ingested with the procedure.
Why should I consider this procedure for my pet?
Endoscopy allows us to examine your pet's gastrointestinal tracts with minimal pain or discomfort. The anesthesia we use for the procedure is also short-acting so the medication will wear off almost immediately after surgery. Other pros of the procedure include:
- Minimally invasive
- Quick procedure
- Same day discharge
- No abdominal incision
- Faster recovery time