We usually use the endoscope for dogs and cats that have problems with diarrhea and vomiting. Also, we can use the endoscope to retrieve objects that dogs may swallow, avoiding major surgery.
Endoscopies are essential as they're extremely minimally invasive. We used to perform surgeries to get biopsies or retrieve foreign bodies. Nowadays, we use the endoscope to find and solve problems, extract biopsies, and provide answers to help the pet.
We can diagnose issues that lead to diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats, such as ulcers, internal abscesses, foreign bodies, internal trauma, and blockages.
Yes, full anesthesia is required during an endoscopic procedure. It ensures that the pet is comfortable and allows us to complete the procedure effectively.
The preparation depends on whether we're conducting an upper or lower GI endoscopy, or both. We will guide you on the preparation process before the procedure.
The recovery is primarily from the anesthesia. However, some pets may experience extra gas inside the abdomen, which can cause discomfort. We try to remove the excess gas to minimize discomfort.
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