One of our range of diagnostic tools, endoscopy uses fibre-optic technology to allow us to ‘look inside’ your pet. A long, fine tube containing a camera at the tip is connected to a viewer by fibre optic channels so that the image at the tip of the tube can be seen at the viewer. An endoscope can be passed up a pet’s nose and down into it’s lungs, or into the mouth and down into the stomach and even intestines. Via the rectum, it can also be used to investigate the lower bowel, and imaging of the bladder and female reproductive tract is also possible.
Endoscopy lets us to look for abnormalities such as masses or foreign bodies and also can allow samples of fluid or tissue to be collected or small foreign bodies to be removed via a fine channel which routes forceps or other instruments to the affected area. Due to the presence of an endoscope being uncomfortable, endoscopy is normally carried out under sedation or general anaesthesia which allows your pet to remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Endoscopy allows us to diagnose and treat a range of conditions which are difficult or even impossible to investigate with other means, helping us give ill pets the care they need as quickly as possible.