Recently we were able to diagnose two aggressive malignant tumors in older dogs using rigid endoscopy. The patients suffered little discomfort from the procedures, recovered uneventfully and were discharged on the same day as the procedures.

The first patient was a senior female Pointer mix with a history of recurrent bladder infections and difficulty urinating. The patient was anesthetized and a rigid endoscope was advanced through the urethra into her bladder where a solitary bladder mass was visualized and biopsied using a long flexible biopsy forceps advanced through the biopsy channel in endoscope. Lab analysis identified the mass as a malignancy and it was removed surgically by our consulting board-certified surgeon, Dr. Dan Frankel. The patient has recovered well and has a good long-term prognosis.

The second patient was a senior Labrador Retriever with a 2-week history of obstructed air flow through his right nostril. The patient was anesthetized and a rigid endoscope was passed into his right nostril were a mass was visualized and biopsied. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged on the same day.

Both these cases illustrate the ability to access difficult-to-reach tumors using rigid endoscopic technology. This results in a more accurate diagnosis, less discomfort to the patient and reduced cost to the client by eliminating hospitalization that might otherwise be needed with more invasive biopsy options.

We also offer flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy. The applications for this include retrieval of suspected foreign bodies as well as chronic vomiting or diarrhea. Flexible endoscopy allows us to visualize the the inside of the stomach and intestines, remove foreign material and take biopsies of the lining in a non-invasive fashion.

For more information on endoscopy and its applications, contact our office at: 619-276-1616