Endoscopy facilitates the visualisation of otherwise inaccessible areas of the equine respiratory tract. The pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and trachea can be visualized using a portable fibre optic endoscope. Using an endoscope, we can visualise these regions of the horse in great detail and take biopsy samples for on site laboratory diagnosis.
In the hospital we have two videoendoscopes that allow the image to be displayed on a TV screen, enabling the client and vet to observe and discuss the case at the same time. In addition, we have 3 portable endoscopes that allow horses to be examined by our ambulatory team without the need for a hospital visit.
Endoscopy is an essential part of the evaluation of horses with upper airway obstructions and abnormal respiratory noises, lung diseases, gastric (stomach) ulcers and many urinary tract diseases.