A minimally invasive imaging technique.
If your pet is struggling with digestive or respiratory issues, an endoscopy may be able to identify the problem. An endoscopy is a minimally invasive imaging technique that allows us to examine the inside of the body without the need for surgery.
What are the benefits of utilizing pet endoscopy?
Perhaps the biggest draw of an endoscopy is that it’s minimally invasive and requires very little recovery time. The entire procedure is performed with an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube that’s equipped with a tiny camera attachment. The endoscope is passed through either a small incision or a natural body opening, such as the mouth, and can be used to examine the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and the urogenital tract. Laparoscopy is also possible, where the camera is passed into the abdominal or chest cavity through a small incision. This allows us to take biopsies of the liver or other organs without the need for traditional surgery, and can be a very useful way to help diagnose disease.
An endoscopy can be used to diagnose various health problems including:
- Stomach or intestinal disease
- Foreign objects
- Esophageal disease
- Respiratory disease
- Certain kinds of cancer
- Liver disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Some urinary and reproductive conditions
In situations where tumors are present, your veterinarian may want to complete a biopsy to test for cancer. Luckily, this can be done during the procedure since the endoscope also acts as a biopsy instrument.
We are happy to discuss your pet's symptoms and schedule an exam. From there, wec an determine if an endoscopy is the best course of action for your pet.
Call us at (207) 843-6300 to learn more about our endoscopy services.