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We are lucky enough to have a gastroscope, bronchoscope and rigid endoscope at Edgewood to allow a full investigative procedure of your pet’s stomach and small intestine, lungs, upper airways and other body systems.

A gastroscope is a flexible endoscope which contains a light and camera which we pass it from the dog’s mouth into the stomach and first part (proximal) of the small intestine. This allows us to examine the lining of the stomach and small intestine and in some cases, allows removal of foreign bodies such as toys, balls, socks, etc from the stomach without the need for exploratory surgery. The gastroscope has a ‘side channel’ down which various instruments can pass.  These can be manipulated by the vet. For example, the vet may take a small sample (biopsy) from the inside lining of the stomach by using a small ‘grabbing’ instrument which is passed down the side channel.

A gastroscopy or gastro-duodenoscopy may be advised if your dog has symptoms such as repeated vomiting, difficult swallowing, the ingestion of a ‘foreign body’ or other symptoms thought to be coming from the upper gut. The sorts of conditions which can be confirmed (or ruled out) include:

  • Oesophagitis (inflammation of the oesophagus. The vet will see the redness of the lining of the oesophagus
  • Duodenal and stomach ulcers. An ulcer looks like a small, red crater
  • Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)  or small intestinal inflammation
  • Cancer of the stomach
  • Inflammatory bowel disease from the small intestine

A bronchoscope is a small flexible endoscope that is used for examination of the upper and lower respiratory tract. The bronchoscope is used for investigations involving persistent coughing, possible foreign bodies (such as grass seeds) in the lungs and numerous other reasons. The bronchoscope is passed into the trachea and then into the bronchii in the lungs for the necessary investigations. There is a side channel that allows various instruments to be passed into the bronchi for sample collection or foreign body removal.

The rigid endoscope is an ideal instrument to visualize the inner surfaces of small animals without surgery. The image of the internal surface is transmitted via video technology. Rigid rhinoscopy is the placing of an endoscope into the nasal cavity.  It is an integral step in the investigation of dogs and cats with nasal disease. Conditions such as neoplasia (cancer) of the nasal cavity, fungal rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity due to fungal infection), nasal foreign body and lymphocytic-plasmacytic rhinitis (‘allergic’ nasal disease) can be made with the aid of a rigid endoscope.


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