Gastrointestinal endoscopy in dogs
Endoscopy is now widely available for the investigation of gastrointestinal disease in dogs; Franck Jolivet and Olivier Dossin present a practical, case-based paper that illustrates the versatility of the endoscope, along with some useful tips on how to best use this diagnostic option in practice.
Endoscopy is a safe and effective tool in canine gastroenterology, but it is only one component of the diagnostic work-up and should be used only when appropriately indicated.
Bi-directional endoscopy is always recommended when investigating dogs with chronic intestinal disease.
The clinician should decide if surgical or endoscopic biopsies are preferable for each case.
It is essential to take an adequate number of endoscopic biopsies in order to ensure an accurate histopathological diagnosis.