Endoscopes are generally used for canine endoscopy. Actually, endoscopes are flexible tubes with video cameras that are used to examine hollow organs.
In most cases, the endoscopy involves inspecting the colon, the stomach, and any other internal organs that may be present in your dog.
Endoscopies in dogs typically cost between $1500 and $2000 but can increase in price in some cases. This cost is subject to change based on the extent of the procedure, the endoscope insertion location and exploratory examination regions, the anesthetic application (if required,) and the vet’s reputation.
Factors that affect the price of a dog’s endoscopy
- Different endoscopies procedures have different costs e.g rhinoscopy ($00 to $1000), urethroscopy ($1000 to $2000), laparoscopy ($500 to $1500), tracheoscopy ($800 to $1200), colonoscopy ($1500 to $2000), or gastroduodenoscopy ($1300 to $1900). Also, the price ranges for each of these categories might vary widely based on your veterinarian’s approach to treating your dog.
- Price also depends upon the veterinarian’s reputation. For example, the cost of having an endoscopy performed by a specialist vet in internal medicine significantly increases.
- Geographical location also increases or decreases the price.
Some extra costs
Here are some extra costs associated with dog endoscopy:
- It is possible that an x-ray and an ultrasound will be required in order to determine whether or not there is something wrong. The answers to these 2 issues will indicate whether or not an endoscopy is necessary for your dog.
- If the examiner discovers an atypical lesion or even a questionable area, the region in concern will be biopsied so that a correct diagnosis may be made.
- If your dog requires surgery along with endoscopies, such as removal of a foreign object, repair of the cruciate ligaments, or removal of the spleen, for example, then the procedure, in addition to the prices listed above, will cost an additional $1000 to $3000 to perform.
- If your veterinarian has to do extra diagnostics before starting the treatment, there will be an additional payment for such services. This may involve taking blood samples or having a physical examination done.
- When performed as part of an emergency procedure, an endoscope might run an additional $200 to $400.
Types of endoscopes
Usually, there are two types of endoscopes used in canines:
- Rigid endoscopes: Usually, rigid scopes are used to check your dog’s genitourinary tract and abdominal system by being inserted into the rectum. Rigid endoscopy in dogs typically costs around $1500 to $2000.
- Flexible endoscopes: These scopes are inserted through the mouth and are used to inspect your dog’s trachea, small intestines, and lungs. Flexible endoscopy usually costs around $1000 to $1500.
Endoscopies are performed for various reasons, depending on the patient’s condition. An endoscope can be used to locate and remove any foreign objects your dog has swallowed if it has ingested something it cannot digest.
Additionally, your veterinarian may recommend endoscopy if your dog has been exhibiting any of the following symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, a lack of appetite, or decreased weight.
How long does it take a pet to get well after having an endoscopy?
Endoscopy is considered a day-case procedure, and in most cases, the pup can go home the same day as the procedure. In the 16-24 hours following surgery, your pet may feel drowsy due to the lingering effects of the anesthetics. But it will eventually recover soon.
After the tracheoscopy, you may notice that your pet companion develops a cough. This is due to irritation produced by the endotracheal tube used in the anesthetic, which should go away within the next 36-48 hours. If this problem continues, you should seek the counsel of your veterinarian as soon as possible.
What are the possible side effects of endoscopy on a pet?
Endoscopy is a very risk-free operation for dogs, but as with any other type of medical surgery, there are always certain potential dangers and consequences that might arise. These risks and complications are specific to each particular animal.
Certain dogs can experience an allergic response to the anesthesia, as well as a rupture in the esophagus or gut. However, these reactions are pretty rare. After the surgery, there is also the possibility that some of the animals would have trouble breathing.
Endoscopies performed on dogs typically cost between $1500 and $2000; however, the total cost of the procedure might go up in some cases, such as endoscopic procedure, the vet’s reputation, and your geographical location.