Dogs and Cats and Endoscopies
The pets of Glastonbury are like family members to us all. And like any other family members, they occasionally need medical attention to keep them at their healthiest. Here is what to expect if the veterinarian tells you that your pet should have an endoscopy at the animal hospital.
Suspected Problems With the Intestines, Esophagus and Stomach
If it is suspected that there is a medical problem somewhere in your pet's digestive tract, an endoscopy may be necessary. Problems in the intestines, esophagus or stomach can be serious and can affect your pet's quality of life as well as its duration. If the veterinarian needs to do an endoscopy at the animal hospital, it is a safe and very useful procedure that won't hurt your pet.
The Endoscope and Exam
An endoscope will be used to enter either the mouth or the rectum, and it is threaded as far as necessary into the digestive tract. This tool has a camera at one end to allow the vet to see what is going on inside your pet. Your pet will be asleep and perfectly comfortable during the procedure. The veterinarian will be able to see problems like esophageal tears or issues that have been causing diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and other serious symptoms. This will help the vet to diagnose the problem and come up with a treatment plan to get your pet back to feeling like his normal, healthy self.
Getting Your Pet Ready for the Endoscopy
Your pet will have to go without food for 12 hours before the exam to make sure that his stomach is empty if it is his stomach that is being checked. If it is his intestines that need the test, he will have to start a medication for up to 18 hours before his endoscopy. This oral medication will allow him to empty his intestinal tract so that the endoscopy camera will be able to see inside this organ. He will also have to fast to keep more fecal matter from being formed. Once he arrives at the animal hospital, he will be given at least one enema to flush out the intestinal tract and remove any remaining fecal material.
Pet Endoscopy at Glastonbury Animal Hospital
If you suspect that your pet has a health problem that could be aided by the use of an endoscopy, call us at Glastonbury Animal Hospital to make an appointment. When it is the quality of life of your pet at stake, don't hesitate to have your pet checked out to prevent the problem from getting even worse.