Endoscopy is a diagnostic, non-invasive tool used to evaluate cases of chronic vomiting, weight loss, chronic diarrhea, and more. It may also be used on an emergency basis for removal of foreign objects that may be lodged in a patient’s esophagus or stomach. Many times, endoscopic removal of a “foreign body” is used as an alternative to surgery.

Endoscopy involves the use of a flexible scope, inserted through the mouth, nose, or the rectum, to examine the inside of your pet’s esophagus, stomach, bronchi, nasal passages, or colon. The images and video clips produced during this examination give our veterinarians a clear view of any disease occurring inside of these vital organs, and an opportunity to acquire important tissue samples for biopsy and culture. Endoscopy must be performed with the patient under anesthesia.

Over the years at Encina Veterinary Hospital, we have removed numerous foreign bodies, including coins, bones, cloth material, and rocks, thereby preventing major abdominal surgery for our patients. Dr. Roger Johnson and Dr. Peter Nurre have received advanced training in endoscopy and are very familiar with our state-of-the-art endoscopy unit.

We do accept referrals from other hospitals for patients in need of endoscopy diagnostics. Please call us at 925-937-5000 to discuss your pet’s endoscopy needs with one of our veterinarians.