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Endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the gastrointestinal (GI) and respiratory tracts. This procedure is often used when routine laboratory tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give a full diagnostic picture. An endoscopic examination helps us visualize areas of your pet's body that may otherwise not be accessible without invasive surgery, especially the stomach, esophagus, areas of the intestine and airways.


An endoscope uses a rigid tube equipped with a lighted camera to transmit images to a monitor. This provides an up-close, detailed view of the pet's internal organs and allows for a more accurate diagnosis of GI disorders, cancer, polyps and other conditions. Endoscopic procedures are also useful in obtaining biopsy samples, particularly of the stomach, small intestine and colon. Endoscopy is helpful in removing foreign objects (toys, bones, etc.) from your pet's stomach or airways.


Anesthesia is required to keep your pet still during an endoscopic procedure, however, the amount of anesthesia is less than required for a major surgical procedure, and the patient can usually leave the same day.


Endoscopic procedures are performed in our hospital by Dr. Russell Greene, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist.