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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Use of Marijuana and CBD in Dogs and Cats

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I Found Bumps on My Dog’s Body

Bumps on a Dog's Body Can Mean Many Things...   Lumps or bumps could mean a number of different things for your pet and their skin. Bumps on a pet’s skin could be anything from fluid build-up or a fatty cyst to cancer.  Here in Arizona, bumps on a dog's skin can...

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Heartworm Disease Alert: Is Your Pet Protected?

A dog that lived his entire life in Fountain Hills has recently been tested positive for the dreaded heartworm disease.  heartworm disease prevention options make it easier than ever to keep pets protected.  We want to stress that heartworm disease is becoming more...

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A Wellness Revolution: Laser Therapy for Our Pets

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