When are endoscopies used to treat both dogs and cats?

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.

Dr. Shane Pedersen
Westside Family Pet Clinic

Why are endoscopies important?

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.

What issues can you diagnose with an endoscope?

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.

Will my animal need anesthesia for this procedure?

Yes, full anesthesia is required during an endoscopic procedure. It ensures that the pet is comfortable and allows us to complete the procedure effectively.

Is there a special way to prepare my animal?

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.

What about after the procedure? Is there a special treatment for recovery?

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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