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Plaza Pet Clinic's Dr. Melivilu can provide your pet with ultrasounds and endoscopy services.
Your pet can have a condition that’s difficult to diagnose without actually examining an internal organ or obtaining a biopsy. While this is often accomplished with surgery, endoscopy can provide a less invasive alternative to surgery. For dogs and cats, endoscopy can provide a minimally invasive way to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastrointestinal lymphoma.
Is your dog or cat losing weight or experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea for no obvious reason? First blood tests might be performed to help rule out a metabolic cause for the weight loss and other symptoms. If the test results are normal, an X-ray or ultrasound may be performed to further evaluate internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, stomach and intestines. In patients with GI disease, the stomach and small intestine can appear completely normal on X-rays or ultrasound, but a GI biopsy may be recommended to confirm a diagnosis. GI biopsies can be obtained in a number of ways, such as through an abdominal surgery, but endoscopy is the least invasive method.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a pet’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, Plaza Pet Clinic veterinarians can view pictures of your pet’s mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, intestines and digestive tract. Anesthesia is required for pet endoscopy. With endoscopic biopsies, there is no abdominal incision.
Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic procedure that allows us to visualize the internal organs of your pet. Ultrasounds also do not require your pet be sedated during the procedure.
At Plaza Pet Clinic, we use the ultrasound to help us quickly identify and locate tumors, stones, cysts, inflammation and many other health problems. We can also use ultrasound to visualize fetal heartbeats during pregnancy, which helps us to make sure your pet’s offspring are developing healthily.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs. Results are received in real time from sound waves that travel into the body, returning a 3D image of the internal organs. These high-definition images let our veterinarians to see how the organs are functioning in real time.