For those unfamiliar, an endoscope is a flexible fiber optic system that explores the stomach, the upper portion of the small intestine, and the colon. Its uses are diverse, making it a very important tool in terms of diagnosis.
At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we don’t just embrace technology we integrate it into our facility. Our advanced lab and our digital X-ray and ultrasound equipment are perfect examples of our dedication to this philosophy. The addition of an endoscope not only rounds out the diagnostic abilities at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, but also it makes us one of the most complete veterinary hospitals in the Knoxville area.
How Veterinary Endoscopy Works
Because we’re treating animals, veterinary endoscopy requires the patient to be anesthetized. Due to the nausea that sometimes accompanies anesthesia, the patient may not have food the night before treatment. Depending on what needs to be explored, the veterinarian inserts the endoscope either through the mouth or the anus. A tiny camera at the end of the endoscope allows the veterinarian to examine the various regions, taking pictures as he or she explores.
The use of an endoscope can reduce the need for some exploratory surgeries, and it can be used for certain types of extractions. Tiny forceps inserted through the scope are controlled by the veterinarian and can be used to remove a number of different foreign bodies from the esophagus, stomach, upper intestine, and colon. Biopsy forceps can be used to collect tissue samples for evaluation.
We believe the endoscope is one of the most valuable and diverse tools that we have. For more information about the endoscopy performed at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today.