Endoscopy involves using special flexible or rigid "tubes" with a digital camera and light source to non-invasively examine various parts of the body to diagnose growths and tumours, inflammatory disease, remove foreign bodies/stones and obtain biopsy samples. Equipped with various types and sizes of endoscopes, endoscopy is commonly used for the:
Gastrointestinal tract (Oesophagus, stomach, intestines, colon)
Essential in all animals with chronic vomiting, diarrhoea/soft stools, blood in stools.
Essential in all animals with chronic sneezing, nasal discharge, nose bleeds, distortion of the nostrils/nose bridge, or abnormal upper respiratory breathing sounds.
Urinary tract (Urethra, bladder)
For animals with chronic urinary signs (e.g. straining to urinate, blood in urine), to aid in diagnosis and removal of stones, tumours and chronic UTI (including biopsy/culture).
Ear canals (Outer and middle ear, ear drum)
Essential in all animals with chronic/recurring ear infections to thoroughly flush out the ear canal, remove any foreign material that may be causing infection, and diagnose canal narrowing, tumours or other structural abnormalities.
Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas