Endoscopy procedures may be used to evaluate pets exhibiting the following symptoms:
Dysphasia (trouble swallowing)
Blood or mucus in the stool
Dark, tarry stool signaling signs of bleeding in the stomach or intestines
Significant weight loss
Diarrhea or vomiting
Endoscopies may also be used to obtain biopsies of the stomach, intestines or esophagus, to remove foreign objects or to aid in the placement of feeding tubes.
Our veterinarians will typically issue a blood test as a way to detect any major red flags. Following a blood test, we may recommend a gastrointestinal biopsy, X-ray or ultrasound, or an endoscopy.
When a human receives an endoscopy, very little sedation is used. However, pets may be less cooperative because they do not understand what is being done to them. Therefore, general anesthesia is usually required during the procedure.
Endoscopy is one of the most effective methods of diagnosing internal health issues in pets. With the use of an endoscope, your veterinarian is given a complete and comprehensive view of your pets internal health and will be able to pinpoint the problem.
For the best veterinary services in Port Charlotte, Florida, give us a call at Charlotte Animal Hospital and schedule a consultation today.