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.


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Last updated: September 22, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your pet.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We kindly request that clients continue to wear masks in our hospital for employee and public safety.
  • If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Payment can be processed over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone’s safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

    - Your dedicated team at Queen’s Park Pet Hospital