At Balanced Being we have a flexible endoscope, which is a long tube with a video camera & light at the end. It can be used to visualise the digestive tract from the pharynx (throat) to the duodenum (the 1st part of the small intestine), and from the anus to the caecum (the junction of the large and small intestines), occasionally further in some patients.

Endoscopy is the more expensive of the imaging techniques on offer and always requires sedation, or general aneasthesia, in order to be both safe and effective. However, it has the potential to combine both diagnosis and therapy in one procedure, offering a distinct advantage over other imaging methods.

To aid in diagnosis endoscopy can be used to collect samples from the digestive tract, although in some cases the vet may prefer to obtain the sample directly, through surgery. Endoscopy is most commonly used as therapy in cases of foreign bodies, which require identification and removal.