Wangara: Emergency Vet Hospital now has gastro endoscope

Dr Steve Reid and vet nurse Julie O'Toole with Teddy. Martin Kennealey
Dr Steve Reid and vet nurse Julie O'Toole with Teddy. Martin Kennealey

PET owners whose four-legged friends get unexpectedly ill and need emergency treatment can now access state-of-the-art technology at a Wangara veterinary hospital.

EVH Emergency Vet Hospital now has a gastro endoscope to assist veterinarians in diagnosing disease or locating the cause of vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, swelling or loss of appetite in dogs.

The equipment allows surgeons to retrieve up to 60 per cent of household and environmental items swallowed by dogs from their stomach without damage to the throat or oesophagus.

With one in six clients requiring surgery, EVH veterinary director Steve Reid said the advantage of the technology was that families could elect for an endoscopic examination to check for disease or remove things from their dog’s stomach before having to resort to more invasive surgery techniques.

“Over the last few years, animal medicine has taken the technology available in human medical practice, of which the gastro endoscope is one just example,” he said.

“At the moment, being able to use the endoscope for many of our dogs with a foreign body in their stomach leads to quicker recovery and return to normal activities.”

The endoscope takes photo and video images delivered to a computer monitor where it is examined, saved and stored for future reference.