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.