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.