Here at Hillside Animal Hospital we have been using flexible endoscopy since we opened our doors in 2003.  We use our endoscopy camera and equipment to look into a pet’s GI tract without having to make any surgical incisions.  Most people are aware of the endoscopy our human doctors use to look down our nose, look into our stomachs, or to perform a colonoscopy.   A l4” long thin fiber optic tube with a camera and light source at the end can be introduced into the body and steered by controls on the handle to peer deep into area’s we could never before see without surgery.

We can use endoscopy to diagnose problems by directly observing the inside of the esophagus, stomach, intestines and colon.  If an abnormality is seen, we are able to use the endoscope to get biopsies directly from the lesion.  We can also use endoscopy to retrieve foreign bodies that pets have swallowed, thereby avoiding surgery.   Dr. Rosonke has retrieved many rocks, hairbands, balloons, lead pellets, all types of toys, and even a whole bird from animal’s stomachs.  The biggest advantage of using this type of endoscopy is that the animal wakes up with very little or no pain and very minimal recovery time.




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Five Issues To Watch Out For In Your Cat

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Five Ways to Dog Proof Your Backyard

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Should You Get a Puppy

Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a... read more

Why Your Pet Smells

Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet... read more

After Care For Pets Following Surgery

At Hillside Animal Hospital we use minimally invasive surgery techniques so that your pet undergoes less trauma and recovery time is minimized. While minimally invasive surgery is safer for your pet than traditional invasive procedures, proper post-op care is still... read more

Caring for your senior pet

Everyone knows that a puppy’s needs are different from those of a grown dog.  So, doesn’t it make sense that senior dogs (and cats) have their own specific needs as well? The reality is senior pets have special care requirements because of their unique age-related... read more