Endoscopy

An endoscopy will allow your specialist vet to visually examine your pet’s lower gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract without the need for invasive surgery. Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists is equipped with state-of-the-art technology in our conveniently located endoscopy facility.

What is An Endoscopy?

An endoscope is either a rigid or flexible tube with an attached video camera which allows live footage to be viewed on a connected screen. The endoscope can be inserted via the mouth or through the colon, depending on which organs need to be examined. 

As an endoscopy investigates the health of the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts, the warning signs that something is wrong are usually directly related to digestion, abdominal issues and breathing. If your pet has been vomiting frequently, had bouts of diarrhoea, experienced sudden weight loss or a loss of appetite then this could indicate a gastrointestinal issue.

Using Endoscopy to Diagnose Certain Illnesses

Using an endoscope, your vet can identify abnormalities such as inflammation, swelling, strictures, or scarring on the oesophagus, stomach, some parts of the intestines or colon. Some cancers can be diagnosed if a tumour is visible with the endoscope. An endoscopy can help provide information about some aspects of your pet’s overall health. 

How Is an Endoscopy Performed on Pets?

In order for the procedure to be successful, it is essential that the stomach and intestinal tract are clear of all food and faecal matter. Your pet will need to fast for 12 to 24 hours before the procedure and, occasionally, laxative medication will be administered to completely empty the intestines.  

Your pet will be given a short-acting anaesthetic during the endoscopy in order to reduce the risk of discomfort, and they will usually be able to go home the same day. 

As the endoscope allows your Sydney veterinary clinic to view organs in realtime, we may be able to identify potential issues immediately. In many cases, a biopsy will be taken and studied by a pathologist to confirm a diagnosis. Endoscopy is an extremely safe diagnostic procedure for your pet. 

When to Speak to Your Vet

When your pet is experiencing abdominal pain or swelling, seek professional assistance as soon as possible. If you wish to speak to one of our friendly team members about organising an appointment to see if and endoscopy is required or your pet, call us on 02 9197 5800 as soon as you notice warning signs.