Endoscopy is the insertion of a long, thin tube directly into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail. It can also be used to carry out other tasks including imaging and minor surgery. Endoscopes are minimally invasive and can be inserted into the openings of the body such as the mouth. It is especially useful in cases where advanced diagnostic analysis of the body systems (like the digestive system) is required.
Your vet will often recommend endoscopy to evaluate or to diagnose:
Additionally, endoscopy can be used to collect biopsies of tissue for the purpose of diagnosing diseases or abnormalities.