Endoscopy uses a bendable tube with a camera attached at one end (endoscope), which is helpful when examining your pet’s abdomen. The camera gives us a look at irregularities like swelling or foreign objects that help diagnose – and in some cases retrieve – the obstruction. If you have questions about endoscopy, please contact us at 905-690-0040.

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What is endoscopy? 

Endoscopy is typically used to identify the cause of your pet’s gastrointestinal issues. This means inserting the endoscope in your pet’s mouth or rectum to examine their stomach and intestinal tract. We can also examine their esophagus if it’s inserted through their mouth. Endoscopy often diagnoses abnormalities, tumours or helps retrieve foreign objects like sticks, rocks, or toys your pet could have swallowed. Before the procedure, we’ll recommend fasting for your pet. The duration of their fasting could vary depending on the area we’re examining. 

Why does my pet need an endoscopy?

Our veterinary team often recommends endoscopy when we need help identifying which gastrointestinal issues are ailing your pet, based on their symptoms. We could schedule your pet for the procedure if they have any of the following:

  • Vomiting 
  • Gagging 
  • Losing weight 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Loss of appetite 

Is endoscopy potentially harmful?

Before and during the procedure, we take every precaution to make sure your pet is safe. Since the endoscope is inserted into your pet’s internal systems, it’s unsafe for them to be awake. We perform pre-anesthetic testing before your pet is given short-acting anesthesia for the procedure. Most pets need minimal recovery time after the endoscopy but it’s recommended they take it easy after their appointment.

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