What is an endoscope?
An endoscope is a flexible tube equipped with a tiny camera that can be passed into the gastrointestinal or respiratory tract while an animal is anesthetized. In addition to being able to see the lining and condition of these internal structures, the endoscope can be equipped with a tool to aid in the removal of foreign bodies the pet may have ingested or to take small samples of tissue for microscopic analysis.
What is endoscopy used to examine?
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s doctors use veterinary endoscopic technology to examine and diagnose conditions of the gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory system. We can use the endoscope in all species of animals and have found the procedure especially helpful in many of our avian patients.
What conditions benefit from an endoscopic exam?
Pets experiencing chronic vomiting, diarrhea, or persistent coughing and are either not responding to treatments or who have not been able to be definitively diagnosed may benefit from an endoscopic exam.
What should I expect if my pet needs endoscopy?
Pets that need an endoscopic exam are anesthetized to prevent any discomfort to the pet and to allow them to remain still throughout the procedure. Recovery is usually rapid and many procedures can be offered as an outpatient visit.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s doctors will partner with you to determine if your pet needs an endoscopic exam. If you have any questions, please contact our knowledgeable staff or veterinarians.