Esophageal, Stomach, and Intestinal Disease

Overview:

Both dogs and cats may be affected by gastrointestinal disease.  Unexplained weight loss, chronic vomiting, chronic diarrhea, and/or decreased appetite are common symptoms.  Gastrointestinal diseases that we diagnose and treat include:

  • Esophagitis, esophageal strictures, and megaesophagus
  • Stomach ulceration
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Chronic colitis and ulcerative colitis

Diagnostics:

During your appointment, we will review your pet’s medical history and perform a thorough physical exam.  Following a discussion of the medical history and exam findings, a combination of diagnostics will be recommended and may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided aspiration for microscopic evaluation
  • Endoscopic evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract (upper GI endoscopy +/- colonoscopy)
  • Histopathologic evaluation of samples collected from the GI tract via endoscopy

Treatment:

A comprehensive and individualized treatment plan will be developed for your pet based on your pet’s medical history and the results of the tests performed during this visit.  Treatment recommendations may include oral medications, vitamin supplementation, feeding tube placement, esophageal “ballooning”, and/or dietary modifications. 

Aftercare:

A plan for follow up rechecks and treatments will be determined based on the diagnosis and treatment plan elected during your pet’s visit. We will collaborate with your primary veterinarian to design the best plan for your pet, which may include follow up rechecks with our team or your primary veterinarian.