A minimally invasive imaging technique.
If your pet is struggling with digestive or respiratory issues, an endoscopy may be able to identify the problem. An endoscopy is a minimally invasive imaging technique that allows us to examine the inside of the body without the need for surgery.
What are the benefits of utilizing pet endoscopy?
Perhaps the biggest draw of an endoscopy is that it’s minimally invasive and requires very little recovery time. The entire procedure is performed with an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube that’s equipped with a tiny camera attachment. The endoscope is passed through either a small incision or a natural body cavity, such as the mouth, and can be used to examine the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and the urogenital tract.
An endoscopy can be used to diagnose various health problems including:
- Internal trauma
- Foreign objects
- Certain kinds of tumors
In situations where tumors are present, your veterinarian may want to complete a biopsy to test for cancer. Luckily, this can be done during the procedure since the endoscope also acts as a cell retrieval tool.
What is Video Otoscopy?
Video otoscopy is a form of endoscopy used to evaluate the ear canal. The video otoscope is a special endoscope designed for use in the ear canal. It has high-quality optics and an operating channel for surgical instruments and flushing solutions, allowing for superior diagnostic and treatment capabilities for stubborn ear problems.
Ear infections are one of the most common reasons dogs and cats come to us for veterinary care. While most mild ear infections can be treated successfully without anesthesia, there are situations where a more serious infection cannot be adequately diagnosed or treated until a deep ear cleaning and video otoscopic procedure are performed.
Evaluation of the ear canal using a video otoscope will often reveal problems such as middle ear infections, ruptured eardrums, polyps, or tumors that are very difficult to diagnose without the superior imaging and magnification this equipment provides.
We are happy to discuss your pet's symptoms and schedule an exam. From there, we can determine if endoscopy is the best course of action for your pet.
Call us at (603) 329-7825 to learn more about our endoscopy services.