Internal Medicine – FAQ

INTERNAL MEDICINE - Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What does endoscopy offer?
A: Endoscopy can often be done instead of major surgery to take biopsies of stomach, intestines as well as to do cytology and cultures of the airways and nose. It is often able to remove foreign bodies from the stomach, intestines, airways and nose, and can also be used to place feeding tubes into the esophagus, stomach or intestines, dilate strictures in the esophagus and remove polyps in the stomach/intestines.

Q: How long does my pet have to stay after the endoscopic procedure?
A: Patients that have endoscopy can typically be released the same day as the procedure. Endoscopy is not right for every patient, but when it is appropriate, it is quicker, easier, safer, and less expensive than major surgery.

Q: What is laparoscopy?
A: Laparoscopy uses air to inflate the abdomen and allows placement of a camera into the abdominal cavity to allow assessment of the organs.

Q: How much fur will be shaved for a laparoscopic procedure?
A: Most of the fur on the belly will be shaved to keep the “field” clean/sterile to minimize the potential for contamination.

Q: How long after a laparoscopic procedure does my pet need to stay?
A: We like to keep them overnight after laparoscopy for monitoring and then they are usually able to go home the following day.

Q: Does my pet need to be completely asleep for these procedures?
A: Yes. Your pet will be closely monitored while under anesthesia to minimize any risks associated with general anesthesia. Strict pre-screening ensures the smoothest anesthetic experience possible.

Q: How will my referring veterinarian know what’s going on with my pet?
A: A referral letter is generated and sent to your referring veterinarian once final results are available. The PMVC internal medicine service updates you and your veterinarian once we have culture, cytology, or histopathology results available with our best recommendations.