humans and animals are different in many ways, some advances in human
medicine are also very useful in veterinary patients. One of these
advances, endoscopy, has proven to be a powerful diagnostic and
therapeutic tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, we consider it a
goal to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing, so we
are proud to offer endoscopy as a means of providing a higher level of
quality care to our patients.
Endoscopy allows the
veterinarian to examine and collect biopsy specimens from the stomach,
small intestine and colon. Additionally, endoscopic procedures are
usually noninvasive or minimally invasive. For example, foreign objects
your pet may swallow can frequently be retrieved by endoscopy, making
surgery unnecessary. We strive to offer our patients the highest level
of medicine, and we are glad to be able to offer endoscopy as one of our
Endoscopy utilizes high-tech fiber
optic technology and enables our veterinarians to perform a direct
visual examination of your pet's gastrointestinal system. In order to
perform the procedure, your pet is anesthetized, and a tube containing a
camera is passed down through the esophagus and into the stomach and
the upper small intestine. Alternatively, the camera can be placed in
the rectum and into the colon. These procedures allow our veterinarians
to view any potential problems in your pet's oral cavity, esophagus,
stomach, colon and upper intestinal tract.
Endoscopy is used
to detect and diagnose a wide range of conditions. These include
infections, inflammatory bowel disease, certain forms of cancer and the
presence of foreign bodies.
When necessary, biopsies can be
taken during the procedure. Should a foreign body be discovered, it may
be possible to remove it at that time.
We are extremely
pleased to be able to provide this service to our pet patients and their
families. Endoscopy enables our veterinarians to accurately diagnose
and treat conditions while avoiding the need for surgery in many cases.
This means less trauma for your pet and a quicker recovery time.
is just one of the ways our veterinarians and staff are able to provide
state-of-the-art and compassionate veterinary care to the pets we