Hillcrest Animal Hospital offers endoscopy, which is a way of examining the inside of a pet's body using a flexible tube that has a small camera in the end of it. An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening (such as the mouth) or small incision.
Endoscopy is commonly used to examine the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and urogenital tract. A forceps may be inserted through an endoscope to obtain biopsy specimens of the tissue examined.
Major invasive surgery can often be avoided by using endoscopy.
For example, a dog is vomiting and exhibiting abdominal pain. X-rays show the presence of a fishhook in the stomach. Endoscopy is performed to locate the fishhook. Retrieval forceps are inserted through the endoscope to remove the fishhook. Invasive surgery is avoided and the happy dog is sent home within hours of the procedure.