The vet will be able to see the organs in real time, although it may take longer for the final diagnosis to be made, particularly if a biopsy has been carried out.
A general anaesthetic will be administered before the procedure so that your pet will not feel any discomfort. The anaesthetic will wear off shortly afterwards and you will be able to return home with your pet.
Before the endoscopy, your pet will need to refrain from eating for twelve to eighteen hours. This ensures that the oesophagus or stomach can be examined more easily. If the procedure will be examining the colon, medication will be administered so that the intestinal tract will be free of faecal matter.
As some issues may not be seen from the surface, further tests and procedures may be warranted to ascertain the cause of the issue in your pet.
If the vet believes that cancer is present in your pet’s oesophagus, stomach or colon, then a biopsy can be performed. This will allow further examination of the tissue to determine what the problem is.