This minimally invasive procedure allows a veterinarian to see inside a pet’s body and, when necessary, take biopsies (tissue samples) without having to perform surgery. Endoscopy is commonly used to examine the inside of the ears, nose, esophagus, colon, bladder, stomach, and other internal organs. Endoscopy can also be used to assist with minimally invasive surgeries and is particularly valuable in retrieving swallowed items.
How does an endoscopy work in dogs and cats?
To perform this procedure, the veterinarian inserts the endoscope (a long tube with a camera at one end) into the area to be examined. Incisions are sometimes required, however, the incisions used for endoscopic procedures are considerably smaller than those used in traditional surgery. This means a much less painful and quicker recovery for your pet.
Does my dog or cat need to be under anesthesia for an endoscopy?
Endoscopy requires your pet to be placed under anesthesia. Anesthesia allows for a thorough examination without causing discomfort or distress to the animal. It also enables the veterinarian to perform necessary interventions, such as taking biopsies or removing foreign objects. As with all similar procedures, we follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure their safety.
What can I expect from a dog/cat endoscopy?
Before the procedure
If your pet requires sedation or anesthesia for the procedure, it is crucial to ensure they are fasted overnight beforehand. Our team will provide specific instructions tailored to your pet. For inquiries regarding the preparation of your pet for an endoscopy, please contact us at 705-692-4446. If necessary, blood tests will be conducted prior to sedation, and any abnormal results will be communicated to you.
During the procedure
For most endoscopic procedures, your pet may undergo sedation or anesthesia, with continuous monitoring by a registered veterinary technologist. After the endoscopy, your pet will be carefully monitored and provided comfort during the recovery process as they wake up from the sedation.
After the endoscopy
Typically, patients are discharged on the same day as the procedure. Since your pet may still experience grogginess, it is advisable to closely observe them throughout the evening after returning home. When you collect your pet, you will receive customized discharge instructions to follow for their care.