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Minimally Invasive Diagnostics for Your Pet:

At Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic, we understand how much your pet means to you. That’s why we offer a wide range of advanced diagnostic tools, including endoscopy, to ensure your furry friend receives the most accurate diagnosis and treatment possible.

What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our veterinarians to visualize the internal organs of your pet using a thin, flexible instrument called an endoscope. This endoscope is equipped with a camera and light source, transmitting real-time images of the internal structures onto a monitor. Endoscopy offers a safe and effective way to examine areas that would otherwise be inaccessible without surgery.

Benefits of Endoscopy for Pets:

Endoscopy offers several advantages over traditional diagnostic methods like exploratory surgery. These include:

  • Minimally Invasive:  Endoscopy avoids large incisions, resulting in less pain and discomfort for your pet.
  • Faster Recovery:  Due to the minimal invasiveness, recovery times are significantly shorter compared to surgery.
  • Improved Visualization:
    Endoscopes provide a magnified view of the internal organs, allowing for a more detailed examination and a more accurate diagnosis.
  • Biopsy Collection:
    During an endoscopy, our veterinarians can collect tissue samples for further analysis, aiding in definitive diagnoses.
  • Therapeutic Procedures:
    In some cases, endoscopy can be used for therapeutic purposes as well. For example, foreign objects can be removed, or bleeding vessels can be cauterized.

Types of Endoscopy Offered at Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic 

We offer a variety of endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions in dogs and cats. Some of the most common types include:

  • Gastroscopy: Examination of the stomach for ulcers, foreign objects, or tumors.
  • Colonoscopy:Examination of the colon for polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or tumors.
  • Rhinoscopy: Examination of the nasal cavity and sinuses for infections, foreign objects, or tumors.
  • Otoscopy: Examination of the ear canal for infections, foreign objects, or tumors.
  • Bronchoscopy: Examination of the airways for foreign objects, infections, or tumors.
  • Cystoscopy: Examination of the urinary bladder for bladder stones, infections, or tumors.

When is Endoscopy Recommended for My Pet?

Endoscopy may be recommended for your pet if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in the stool or vomit
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Chronic nasal
  • discharge
  • Difficulty urinating or blood in the urine
  • What to Expect During an Endoscopic Procedure

    Before the procedure, your pet will undergo a thorough physical examination and pre-anesthetic bloodwork. During the endoscopy, your pet will be under general anesthesia to ensure their comfort and minimize any discomfort. The veterinarian will then carefully insert the endoscope into the appropriate opening of the body. Once inside, the veterinarian will examine the internal structures and may collect tissue samples if necessary. The entire procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case.

    Aftercare for Endoscopy

    Following the procedure, your pet will be monitored closely in our recovery area until they are fully awake and stable. Once they are comfortable, you will be able to take them home with specific post-operative instructions. Recovery time is typically quick, and most pets can resume their normal activities within 24-48 hours.

    Committed to Advanced Diagnostics for Your Pet

    At Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic, we are committed to providing your pet with the highest quality veterinary care. Endoscopy is a valuable tool that allows us to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions in a minimally invasive way. If you have any questions about endoscopy or if you think your pet may benefit from this procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced veterinarians. We are here to help your pet live a long and healthy life.

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