Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure which accesses your pet’s gastrointestinal tract in order to diagnose conditions such as gastrointestinal lymphoma, cancers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), foreign body ingestion, and more. The endoscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached allowing the veterinarian to observe the condition of esophogus, stomach, and intestines. The endoscope is also capable of taking a biopsy which helps in further diagnosing GI tract issues.
A great alternative to surgery, the benefits of endoscopies include less pain and recovery time, no incisions, and less anesthesia used. Many times, the use of an endoscope can eliminate the need for surgery entirely. To prepare your pet for endoscopy, we recommend fasting for 12-36 hours (depending on the procedure) so that food is not blocking the endoscope. Your veterinarian will be able to provide an accurate time frame based on the case.
Once the endoscopy procedure is completed, your pet will have no incisions but may experience some discomfort. We recommend keeping your pet as comfortable as you can with plenty of rest in a familiar setting until they feel better.
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