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What is Veterinary Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is used to examine the inside of the body of canine or feline patient by using a lighted, flexible instrument called an endoscope. Endoscopy allows us to offer you a less painful, faster-healing alternative to common procedures as well as help the veterinarians at Wright Animal Hospital more accurately evaluate and diagnose issues.

A common type of endoscopy is upper endoscopy, also called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). In this procedure, a thin flexible instrument is advanced through your pet’s mouth to evaluate or treat problems of the esophagus, stomach, and beginning part of the small intestine.

Endoscopy is useful for obtaining biopsy samples from the stomach, intestine or colon as well as removal of foreign objects that have been swallowed. We can safely examine airways and obtain samples for culture as well.

How does Endoscopy benefit my dog or cat?

Endoscopy is often the best way to evaluate the inside of the gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract. While general anesthesia is required, the procedure is much less invasive than traditional surgery. The benefits of endoscopy may include shortened anesthetic time, less physiologic stress and discomfort, quicker recovery time, and fewer serious complications.