Endoscopy & Bronchoscopy

At the Vets has a range of endoscope equipment so that we are able to treat all patients from small cats to large dogs.

Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our veterinarians to examine your pet’s airways. This involves the use of a bronchoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at the tip. This instrument is inserted through the mouth or nose, down the throat, and into the airways. We can take samples and biopsies, with tiny instruments that pass down the centre of the tube, which aid in diagnosis of disease.

Bronchoscopy can help diagnose and treat a variety of respiratory conditions, including persistent coughing, lung infections, tracheal collapse, and foreign body inhalation. It enables our team to visualise the interior of your pet’s airways, identify abnormalities, and collect samples for further analysis. 

The small bronchoscope also fits perfectly down to the stomach of small dogs and cats, so we can identify problems with the oesophagus and stomach as well.   Bones wedged in the oesophagus are a frequent finding! We also have a range of larger endoscopes suitable for doing similar diagnostic work in large dogs.

Endoscopy is another minimally invasive procedure used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It involves a long, flexible tube with a camera on one end, which is inserted through natural body openings like the mouth, nose, or rectum. At our clinic, we commonly use endoscopy to examine the gastrointestinal tract.

Endoscopy can help identify issues such as foreign body ingestion, gastrointestinal bleeding, and inflammatory conditions. It allows our veterinarians to obtain biopsies & remove foreign objects.

Emergency Out of Hours Clinic

At the Vets is a member of the Christchurch After Hours Veterinary Clinic.
You are welcome to use the After Hours clinic if there is an emergency with your pet at any time that At the Vets is closed. After Hours will forward us your pet’s treatment history so we can continue their care.

The After Hours Veterinary Clinic telephone number is

03 366 1052

The After Hours clinic is located at 146 Antigua Street, Christchurch.
(on the Disraeli Street corner)

Our opening times

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Closed