As medicine has advanced for humans, many of the techniques used have been successfully transferred to pets as well. As a diagnostic and therapeutic tool, endoscopy veterinary procedures have been groundbreaking in the treatment and care of pets.  At Shackleford Road Vet Clinic, we are dedicated to providing our patients — your pet — with the latest in state-of-the-art procedures, diagnostic testing and medicine. As a result, we are pleased and proud to provide endoscopy for pets.

Endoscopy for Pets in Little Rock

There are a number of conditions that could prompt our staff at Shackleford Road Vet Clinic to suggest the use of endoscopy veterinary procedures as a method of providing treatment for your pet. Sometimes, your pet’s condition could be better diagnosed by examining the internal organs or by obtaining a sample of tissue — a procedure called a biopsy. In other cases, our veterinary staff could use an endoscopy as a method of further exploration when test results such as blood work, x-rays or ultrasounds are normal.

Advantages of Using Endoscopy Veterinary Procedures

Biopsies and examination of the gastrointestinal tract are typically obtained in one of three ways: abdominal surgery, during a laparoscopic procedure or via endoscopy. Because both abdominal surgery and laparoscopy require surgical incisions, endoscopy is the least invasive of these three procedures. During the endoscopic procedure, a flexible tube with a small light and camera at the end are inserted through your pet’s mouth. The veterinary staff is able to control the movements of this tubular instrument very precisely by carefully manipulating the control knob. Because your pet doesn’t understand what is happening during this procedure, our experienced staff here at Shackleford Road Vet Clinic give your pet general anesthesia.

Results of Endoscopic Procedures

Using endoscopy provides our staff and veterinary doctors with a full-color picture of the area that is in question. This magnified view helps our highly-trained doctors to examine the area to obtain a more accurate diagnose that can then be used to better treat your pet. In some cases, a small pair of biopsy forceps is used to obtain tiny tissue samples that can be examined more closely and undergo further testing.

At Shackleford Road Vet Clinic, our focus is providing you and your pet with the finest in diagnostic and treatment options. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art options such as endoscopy for our Little Rock patients. If you have questions or concerns about endoscopy — or any of the other services we provide — we encourage you to contact us today.