An endoscopy uses a flexible tube known as an endoscope to examine the stomach or colon. An endoscope has a small camera attached to the end which allows the vet to see what is happening inside your pet’s digestive system.
Your pet’s oesophagus or stomach can be examined by inserting the endoscope through the mouth. The colon can also be examined, by insertion of the endoscope through the rectum. The endoscope allows the vet to check for inflammation, swelling, scarring, or strictures.
If the vet would like a more thorough examination of an abnormal area, a device can be inserted through the endoscope which can take a biopsy. This involves removing a small amount of tissue that can then be examined by a veterinary pathologist.