The hospitals endoscope enables us to remove objects that have been eaten and sitting in your pets stomach. EVH has rescued underwear, socks, string, fish hooks, toys and bones. Using a tiny video camera, with very bright lights at the end of a very narrow scope, the surgeon can access the stomach via your dogs mouth to grasp or snare foreign objects.
The endoscope is used if the veterinarians have found a gastric foreign body. These are found through listening to your pets history and taking digital x-rays which show something unusual in the stomach. If a foreign body is suspected but not obvious on the x-rays, the vets will make sure by running a barium study. This involves ingesting a liquid dye and then taking x-rays. The dye will outline any abnormality within the stomach.
Once a gastric foreign body is diagnosed, an endoscopy be used to get your pet back to health. If there is an object in the stomach and then another further in the intestines then a different surgery will be recommended. This is because it is difficult or impossible to remove objects that have moved into the intestines with an endoscope.