Endoscopy Services for Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
Respiratory conditions can seriously affect your horse’s health and performance.
In the past, diagnosis of many respiratory conditions simply wasn’t possible, until the development of endoscopy which allows visualisation of the horse’s respiratory system.
A powerful diagnostic tool, video endoscopy allows real-time frame by frame assessment of the upper airway and associated structures. Only with endoscopy can a veterinarian diagnose problematic respiratory conditions that can limit your horse’s potential.
What is endoscopy?
Endoscopy involves passing a tube, with a small camera on the end, along the trachea to examine the upper airway and associated structures.
The endoscope allows a veterinarian to visualise the horse’s respiratory system and make a diagnosis. Most often, endoscopy is used to diagnose respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, guttural pouch infections and gastric ulcers.
However, at our practice, we cannot use endoscopy to confirm the presence of gastric ulcers.
What is the advantage of endoscopy?
A portable technology, endoscopy can be performed at our clinic or in the field.
What does the procedure involve?
Your horse will remain standing throughout the entire procedure. To ensure your horse is comfortable, a mild sedation will be given. The endoscope is passed up one or both nostrils to examine the upper airway.
Manoeuvred down the trachea, the endoscope is useful for visualising inflammation, discharge, tumours or foreign bodies. Using a cytology brush, samples can be collected for cytology and culture if required.
Is the procedure invasive?
Yes, but minimally. The endoscope is passed through your horse’s nostrils and trachea. While mildly uncomfortable, this tool is vital for assessing and diagnosing respiratory conditions.
Your Next Steps
If you suspect your horse is suffering from colic, call us immediately on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian. For after hours emergency assistance, call 1300 641 007.