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Are you trying to schedule a dog endoscopy in Oxford? Your local experts for dog endoscopy are Boundary Vets.


What Is a Dog Endoscopy? How Does It Work?

Dog endoscopy is a minimally invasive treatment used on canines to evaluate the linings of organs or structures, diagnose gastrointestinal disorders, and collect samples for study. It helps identify any problems before surgery is required! Even removing tiny foreign items and finding aberrant cells can be done with endoscopy without putting your dog at unnecessary danger.

Even though dog endoscopy is less invasive, expensive, and dangerous than other surgical procedures, general anaesthesia is still necessary. The process entailed putting a camera inside the mouth of the animal to examine and gauge the condition of the stomach, oesophagus, and small intestines of your dog. Our nurses are regularly trained in this field and keep a close eye on patients under anaesthesia. As part of the process, we often monitor your dog's recovery throughout the day to make sure they're as safe as possible.


When Is a Dog Endoscopy Needed?

In the event that your dog exhibits any of the symptoms listed below—vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, or weight loss—a canine endoscopy may be necessary. In order to thoroughly analyse the symptoms and evaluate for any possible gastrointestinal disorders or problems, your veterinarian might suggest an endoscopic treatment if these symptoms do not go away on their own after a few days.

An endoscopic surgery for dogs is typically indicated only after standard tests and exterior examinations have been unable to determine the cause of the symptoms. These tests, which will screen for both common ailments and diseases, may include radiography, faecal examinations, blood tests, urine samples, ultrasounds, or faecal exams.


What Can a Dog Endoscopy Help Diagnose?

A dog endoscopy can assist in the detection and diagnosis of a number of gastrointestinal disorders, illnesses, and other possible problems. They consist of, but are not restricted to:

  • Digestive disorders.
  • Gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Abscesses
  • Ulcers
  • Foreign objects.
  • Blockages
  • Internal trauma.
  • Tumours
  • Abnormal cells.
  • Some forms of cancer, such as lymphoma.


What Are the Different Types of Dog Endoscopy?

Various endoscopies might be carried out based on the symptoms the dog is exhibiting. There are two endoscopes at Boundary Vets. A bigger, flexible endoscope is used to examine deeper interiors such the stomach and airways, whereas a narrow, rigid handheld endoscope is used to examine small sections like the nose cavity (rhinoscopy).

 A few examples of potential dog endoscopy procedures include:

  • Esophagoscopy (endoscopy of the oesophagus). Patients suffering from aphasia—a disorder in which dogs are able to swallow but not consume food and exhibiting symptoms like excessive salivation, appetite loss, and recurrent pneumonia should consider it.
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy is indicated if the animal has signs consistent with gastric disease.
  • Duodenoscopy (endoscopy of the small intestine) is indicated if the person has diarrhoea and the intestine is thickened when the abdomen is palpated.
  • Airway endoscopy is used for diseases of the upper respiratory tract. 


How Long Does a Dog Endoscopy Take? What Is the Recovery Time?

The actual dog endoscopy surgery typically takes 20 to 40 minutes. To give us enough time to get the patient ready, keep them comfortable, and watch over your pet following the treatment, your dog will spend the day with us.

The primary cause of this is because a general anaesthetic, which takes time to take effect, must be given to your dog for the endoscopy. Our nurses will then keep a close eye on your dog to make sure they recover quickly and safely.

Your dog will be ready for pickup when our staff gets in touch with you. Their normal level of sleepiness or quietness may be affected by the 12-48 hours it takes for the general anaesthetic to wear off fully. They should, however, soon revert to their typical personalities following this. Compared to other surgical treatments, a dog endoscopy has a lot faster recovery period because it is a less invasive technique.

In the event that this is not the case and you are worried about your dog's wellness following your surgery, please contact our staff at Boundary Vets; we would be pleased to assist you! Your veterinarian will contact you as soon as possible with the results if samples were obtained during your pet's endoscopy.


Common Side Effects Whilst Your Dog Recovers From an Endoscopy

Because your dog will be anaesthetized, the process won't hurt at all. After a gastroduodenoscopy, little nausea is possible, but most patients don't seem uncomfortable. After a rhinoscopy, patients frequently have congestion and sometimes even nosebleeds.

After an endoscopy, has your dog started to cough? Due to discomfort from the endotracheal tube used for anaesthesia, your dog may experience a post-procedural cough following an endoscopy; however, this should go away in 48 hours. Get in touch with your veterinarian if this persists.


Contact Your Local Oxford Vet to Arrange a Dog Endoscopy

Make an appointment at Boundary Vets right once if you've observed a change in your dog's behaviour. Our highly qualified staff of veterinary nurses and clinicians is here to help you restore your dog's health by advising you on the best course of action!

If you're looking for a reasonable way to split the expense of your dog's medical treatment, have a look at our Pet Health for Life plans right away. These plans, which are available for both dogs, ensure that your expenses will be split equally and that your dog will receive the best care available throughout the year.

Learn more about Dog Pet Health for Life plans


We look forward to seeing you and your dog at Boundary Vets!

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