Endoscopy is an extremely useful diagnostic procedure that aids in the treatment of problems of your pet's gastrointestinal (GI) tract. An endoscope helps us visualize areas of your pets' body that would not be accessible without invasive surgery.

An endoscope uses a flexible tube equipped with a lighted camera that transmit images to a monitor. The endoscope acts as the veterinarian's "eye" and allows for the diagnosis of GI disorders, cancerous growths, polyps and more. The endoscope also is useful in obtaining biopsy samples, especially biopsies of the stomach, small intestine and colon.

Endoscopy also can assist us in removing a foreign object from your pet's body. Animals often swallow things they should not - toys, bones, and just about anything they can find. When patients arrive with this problem, we use the endoscope as a guide to remove the foreign object in order to prevent major surgery.