Has your pet been experiencing symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or changes in their appetite? An endoscopy helps our veterinary team examine your pet’s internal organs and make an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s health issue. After examining the area, a biopsy (examination of a tissue sample) might be needed for any areas where things didn’t look quite right.
How does an endoscopy work?
Our veterinary team uses an endoscope to examine areas like your pet’s esophagus (throat), stomach, small intestine or colon. The endoscope is a device with a small, flexible tube with a viewing port or camera attachment that allows us to see inside your pet’s body in real time. It’s either inserted into their mouth or rectum and identities any inflammation, swelling or foreign objects.
How can I prepare my pet for an endoscopy?
Typically, pets need to fast for at least 12 hours before, if their stomach is being examined. Since the endoscope will be examining the stomach and intestinal tract, both need to be clear to get an accurate reading. If we’re examining their colon, you’ll need to give your pet medication 12 hours before the procedure to clear out any internal fecal matter. If you have any questions about preparing your pet for their upcoming endoscopy, please contact our veterinary team at 604.544.7387.
Will this procedure hurt my pet?
Pets need to be under anesthesia because inserting an endoscope can be painful for them otherwise. They will be under a short-acting anesthesia that wears off almost immediately after the endoscopy is completed. During anesthesia, we keep your furry friend under a warming conduction blanket to keep them comfortable during the procedure.