Bronchoscopy is a technique where we use a flexible endoscope to view, examine, and/or obtain samples from the lower and upper respiratory tracts of dogs and cats. An endoscope is a long tube (which can be flexible or rigid, depending on the procedure) with a camera and light attached to the end. Endoscopes are extremely useful for examining various body cavities and can be a much less invasive alternative to exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy here in Winter Haven.
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When Would We Recommend a Bronchoscopy?
Our specialists typically use bronchoscopy procedures to help treat patients with respiratory issues that can’t be easily diagnosed with a physical exam. And if a visual of the inside of the respiratory tract is insufficient, we can use the endoscope to obtain a small tissue sample. Finally, if your pet has a foreign body lodged in their respiratory tract, we may be able to use the endoscope to remove the object.
Conditions that may warrant a bronchoscopy procedure:
- Chronic coughing
- Parasites in the airway
- A possible bacterial or fungal infection in the lungs
- Asthma in cats (feline bronchial disease)
- Neoplasia (cancer)
- Chronic pneumonia
The Benefits of Bronchoscopy Over Surgery
Surgery to remove a foreign body or perform an exploratory procedure is invasive and painful, and requires at least a week of recovery for the patient. A bronchoscopy:
- Requires less time under anesthesia
- Causes little to no pain for dogs and cats
- Requires minimal recovery time
- May leave no scarring at all
- Lessens your pet’s risk of infection
- May be able to solve multiple issues for your pet at once, requiring fewer vet visits