Endoscopy Services for Pets

When our veterinarians are assessing the condition of your pet’s internal organs we may perform an endoscopy. This is a less-invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose your pet. Our team is highly experienced in performing endoscopic procedures and we do everything to ensure our patients receive the best treatment.

What is endoscopy in pets?

Endoscopy is not surgery as it is less invasive. Before the procedure begins we give your pet anesthesia to keep them relaxed so our team can get a more accurate reading. We then insert a flexible tube with a camera attached to it, which is used to probe inside their body. Images are then projected to a TV monitor. We use endoscopy to assess the lungs, colon, stomach and urinary bladder. For more information on endoscopy contact our client care team at 613.433.3100.

What types of endoscopies can be done?

  • Esophagoscopy evaluates the esophagus to assess for evidence of inflammation, tumours or foreign body retrieval.
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Endoscopy is used for foreign body retrieval and to take biopsies of the stomach/intestines/colon to diagnose diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease & lymphoma.
  • Rhinoscopy is used to look inside the nasal cavity for foreign bodies, tumours, inflammatory disease or infections.
  • Tracheoscopy/Bronchoscopy evaluates the airways for evidence of respiratory disease.
  • Cystoscopy is used to visualize inside the bladder for tumours, bladder stones or abnormal anatomy. This procedure can be performed on female dogs.

    What conditions can an endoscopy diagnose?

    If your pet is experiencing symptoms that cannot be diagnosed through regular diagnostics such as bloodwork, X-rays and ultrasounds then our team may recommend an endoscopy. Endoscopies can be used to identify:

  • Inflammation
  • Scarring on organs and tissues
  • Foreign objects
  • Abnormal swelling

    How do I prepare my pet for an endoscopic procedure?

    To get a clear view of the organs we encourage pet parents to have their loyal companion fast for 12 hours before the procedure. In some instances, we prescribe medication to remove fecal matter and food from the intestines and stomach.

  • Dear Clients,

    We remain open through COVID-19 with protocols in place to protect our clients & our staff.

    We can now see all cases by appointment only. Our veterinarians are also available for telemedicine consultations. If you are uncertain if your pet requires an essential service, please call our office, and we will be happy to discuss each individual case.

    Effective August 3, 2021, we have opened our doors (with some restrictions):

  • We will allow one client per appointment to accompany their pet into the exam room.
  • Face masks are required to enter the building.
  • Please call us when you arrive, and we will provide further instructions.
  • Food and prescription pick-up will continue to be curbside at this time. Please call in advance for prescription refills and food.
  • - Your dedicated team at Pinnacle Animal Hospital