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Colonoscopy is performed after a complete diagnostic work-up and therapeutic plan have failed to resolve problems linked to the lower intestine. To perform colonoscopy, the patient is anesthetized and a flexible fiberoptic endoscope is passed into the colon. Air, passed through the scope, increases the view within the colon. Biopsies can be obtained by passing an instrument through an opening in the scope. Colonoscopy provides a valuable, non-surgical means to diagnose large bowel disorders. To perform colonoscopy, it is important that the colon be clean of fecal matter so that the surface of the colon can be visualized. This often requires withholding food for 24 to 48 hours and giving your pet a solution to drink which "cleanses" the colon. Warm-water enemas may also be used to clear the colon. Most patients are discharged the same day of the procedure.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a colonoscopy are:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool (persistent hematochezia)
  • Study of a growth in the colon or rectum
  • Straining during defecation (persistent tenesmus)
  • Excessive mucus in the stool
  • Stools of significantly decreased or narrowed size
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    Internal Medicine

    VCA ASEC's Board Certified Internists, Dr. Betty Chow, Dr. Todd Cohen and Dr. Sam Trivedi are leading experts at performing minimally invasive laser & endoscopic procedures. They handle complex disease conditions of the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, urogenital system, endocrine organs, lungs, and immune system. VCA ASEC offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, working closely with the primary veterinarian to give pets the highest level of care.

    Internal Medicine Department’s Services

    Cystoscopy
    Gastroduodenoscopy
    Colonoscopy
    Rhinoscopy
    Nasopharyngoscopy
    Bronchoscopy
    Vaginourethroscopy
    Ultrasonography & guided aspirates/biopsies
    Transtracheal wash
    Bronchoalveolar lavage
    Bone marrow aspirates
    Oncologic evaluation
    Arthrocentesis
    PEG and esophagostomy tube placement
    Laser Lithotripsy
    Laser Ectopic Ureter Ablation
    Endoscopic-Assisted Gastropexy
    • Contrast Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study

     

    Our Internal Medicine Services

    Abdominocentesis
    Arthrocentesis
    Bronchoalveolar Lavage BAL
    Bronchoscopy

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