Endoscopy allows us to see inside your pet and correct certain problems less invasively than with traditional surgery. For example, we can instantly pass our endoscope into the stomach of a pet that may have swallowed a foreign object. Early removal of such objects while they are still in the stomach can prevent the item from entering the intestinal track –a potentially more serious problem. Without an endoscope, a full abdominal surgery would be required, along with its lengthy, and often uncomfortable, recovery.
Many pets suffer from a chronic, painful, inflammatory intestinal condition similar to people with Crohn’s Disease. These pets may seem to have sensitive digestive systems with frequent episodes of diarrhea or vomiting. With our endoscope, we can rapidly and painlessly biopsy the intestines to diagnose this condition and immediately begin treatment.
Endoscopy also allows us to perform minimally invasive intestinal procedures such as biopsies, cultures, and feeding tube placements, the last of which can be a life-saving procedure in seriously ill cats. With an endoscope, we can also examine the throat, windpipe, bladder and lungs of your pet. We can visualize these areas to obtain biopsy samples and cultures to determine the correct antibiotics or medications to treat conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.