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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