An endoscope will allow your veterinary doctor to visually examine your pet’s lower gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract, without the need for invasive surgery. Eastside Vets are equipped with the latest technology in our easily accessible endoscopy facility.
An endoscope is either a rigid or flexible tube with an attached video camera which allows live footage to be viewed on a connected screen. The endoscope can be inserted via the mouth or through the colon, depending on which organs needs to be examined.
As an endoscopy investigates the health of the connected gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, the warning signs that something is wrong are usually directly related to digestion, abdominal issues and breathing. If your pet has been vomiting frequently, had bouts of diarrhoea, experienced sudden weight loss or a loss of appetite then this could indicate a gastrointestinal issue. When your pet is experiencing abdominal pain or swelling, seek professional assistance as soon as possible.
Using an endoscope, your vet can identify abnormalities such as inflammation, swelling, strictures, or scarring on the oesophagus, stomach, intestine or colon. Some cancers can be diagnosed if a tumour is visible with the endoscope.
In order for the procedure to be successful, it is essential that the stomach and intestinal tract are clear of all food and faecal matter. Your pet will often be fasted for 12 to 24 hours before the procedure and occasionally, laxative medication will be administered to completely empty the intestines. Your pet will be given a short-acting anaesthetic during the endoscopy in order to reduce the risk of discomfort, and they will usually be able to go home the same day.
As the endoscope allows your veterinary doctor to view organs in real time, they may be able to identify potential issues immediately. In many cases, a biopsy will be taken and studied by a pathologist to confirm a diagnosis. Endoscopy is an extremely safe diagnostic procedure for your pet.
If you wish to speak to one of our friendly team about organising an endoscopy for your pet, call us on 02 9371 6959 as soon as you notice warning signs.