Flexible endoscopy allows visualization, biopsy collection, and/or foreign body retrieval within the pharynx/larynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon/rectum. Depending on the patient and the procedure, the majority of cases can be discharged from the hospital the same day.

There are many forms of endoscopic examination in dogs and cats. The type of endoscopy that is performed depends on the area of the body being evaluated. Types of endoscopic examinations offered by WTVS include: upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, lower gastrointestinal endoscopy (colonoscopy), rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, and bronchoscopy. Endoscopy requires general anesthesia. If you are anticipating an endoscopic examination for your pet, they should be fasted from food after 9-10pm on the day prior to your appointment. Water may be given safely. In some cases, your pet may be discharged from the hospital on the same day of admission. In other cases, your veterinarian may recommend that your pet stay overnight. In still other cases, an endoscopic examination may be delayed for a few days so that additional diagnostic testing may be performed.

Terms associated with endoscopy and further specialty procedures that WTVS offers:

  • Endoscopy-evaluation of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Colonoscopy-evaluation of the lower gastrointestinal tract
  • Cystoscopy-evaluation of the lower urinary tract
  • Rhinoscopy-evaluation of the mouth and nasal passages
  • Bronchoscopy-evaluation of the airways