Three kids, two full-time working parents. Our life wasn’t complicated enough. We needed a dog.

Your cat has been scheduled for an endoscopic examination. The purpose of this procedure is to help your veterinarian make a diagnosis of the disease that has been causing your pet’s clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or loss of appetite.

What is an endoscope and how is it used?
gastrointestinal_endoscopy-1An endoscope is a flexible tube with a viewing port and/or a video camera attachment that is inserted either into the stomach through the mouth or the colon via the rectum. It permits inspection of the inside of these hollow structures. If the stomach is being examined, the esophagus is also inspected as the endoscope is being passed into the stomach.

What types of disease are diagnosed with an endoscopic examination?
The endoscope allows full color viewing of the aforementioned organs. The examiner can identify abnormalities such as inflammation, abnormal swelling or areas of scarring or stricture (abnormal narrowing). If a foreign body such as a bone, stick, rock, toy, coin, or hairball is seen, it can usually be seen and retrieved.

Actually, the last thing we needed was a dog, but the kids desperately wanted one, and I felt a yearning for a fluffy animal who would look at me with puppy-dog eyes rather than a teenage scowl.

My husband caved, and through Craigslist we adopted a nine-month-old goldendoodle, a pup armed with the intelligence of the poodle and the sweetness of the golden retriever (a crossbreed so popular and trendy that I’m sure some readers are rolling their eyes right now).
Indie came from a family with a small breeding business on a farm near Redding. They had intended to keep her as their own, but realized with six adults dogs already living in their house, a seventh was too much.


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