VCA Redwood Animal Hospital

Endoscopy

Here at VCA Redwood Animal Hospital we are proud to be able to offer endoscopy which provides a minimally invasive technique that can help aid in diagnosing the cause of chronic vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite or unexplained weight loss in our dog and cat patients. Instead of needing surgery and longer hospital stays, we use our flexible endoscope with its camera to see into parts of the stomach, small intestines and colon. With the endoscope we can then retrieve biopsy samples and still have the patient go home the same day in most cases. There are no incisions or sutures and so there is very little discomfort for our patients. While anesthesia is required, thanks to our skilled licensed technicians and our ability to monitor our patients with advanced equipment the risk to our patients is always kept to a minimum.

With our endoscope we are also able to retrieve certain types of foreign objects swallowed by some of our more curious patients. Depending on the size and location, some objects may be safely removed and so avoid invasive surgery. The endoscope may also be used to remove grass blades inhaled accidentally by some nature loving cats and so end persistent episodes of painful sneezing.

We also use our endoscope to help diagnose more serious diseases such as lymphoma, and other nasal, esophageal and stomach cancers. Scarring of the esophagus and stomach ulcers may also be detected with this procedure. Discovering these serious illnesses quickly and with minimal recovery time allows for treatment to begin sooner and give our patients the best quality of life possible.


If you have any questions in regards to this procedure or believe your pet may benefit from endoscopy please feel free to contact us so we may discuss with you whether or not this is the best procedure to help your pet with any current symptoms he/she may be having.
 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours please contact one of the following hospitals, or an emergency hospital in your local area:

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center-Lynnwood, WA

(425) 697-6106

Animal Emergency Services East-Kirkland, WA

(425) 827-8727

Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services-Seattle, WA

(206) 364-1660

Above all else protect yourself and your pet from further injury. Pets that are frightened or in pain may bite or scratch; wrapping your pet in a blanket will keep him or her warm and prevent injuries to you.

 

 

 

 

 

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