Abraham’s Equine offers gastroscopy, or stomach scoping, a procedure used to enable our veterinarians to assess the esophagus and take a close look inside a horse’s stomach. This endoscope’s video capabilities offer accurate diagnosis to common conditions such as stomach ulcers, tumors, impaction, and any other issues related to the stomach. If your horse is experiencing colicky behavior, weight loss, decreased appetite, or unexplained poor performance, gastroscopy is a commonly used procedure to determine or rule out these conditions.
Our vets typically recommend that your horse fast prior to the exam, to allow view of the entire stomach. Gastroscopy services require light sedation, as the scope is passed through the nostril down to the esophagus and into the stomach which can cause some discomfort. The procedure is minimally invasive and allows our vets to create an accurate treatment plan depending on what is discovered.