Endoscopy allows for a non-surgical, visual examination of internal organs and body parts. An endoscope is a long tube, that when inserted into the body, enables visualization and exploration of internal organs and structures that would otherwise not be possible without more invasive surgery. We can perform an endoscopy to obtain biopsies, such as from the inner lining of the intestine, which enables a more accurate diagnosis. Occasionally, a foreign body, such as a chicken bone trapped in the esophagus of a canine patient, can be removed with the aid of an endoscope.
If your veterinarian is recommending or if you think your pet may benefit from an endoscopic procedure, please call Veterinary Emergency, Urgent Care and Referral Clinic of York Region at 905.953.5351 to schedule an appointment for evaluation. During the evaluation, one of our veterinarians will review your pet’s history, perform a physical examination, and determine if an endoscopic procedure is needed.
Most dogs and cats will go home the day of the procedure and usually do not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications from endoscopy itself are rare and will be discussed with you at the time of the evaluation.