GI Endoscopy – Outpatient and Mobile Endoscopy

VICSD has achieved another first in San Diego veterinary medicine with our new mobile endoscopy service. (Mobile service offered in San Diego County, Temecula, Murrieta and Southern OC.)

What is GI Endoscopy?

GI endoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic technique performed by a board-certified internal medicine specialist that allows direct visualization and assessment of the gastrointestinal tract using a flexible video endoscope. Diffuse inflammation, ulcers, and masses in the regions visualized can be identified and esophageal and gastric foreign bodies can be removed via endoscopy.

Gastroduodenoscopy allows visualization of the lining, or mucosal surface of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Colonoscopy allows visualization of the mucosal surface of the large intestine, or colon. Biopsies are always taken for histopathology so the etiology of the disease can be determined and appropriate next steps can be implemented.

• Chronic vomiting/diarrhea
• Unexplained weight loss
• Chronic poor appetite
• Suspicion of esophageal/gastric foreign body ingestion
• Suspicion of neoplasia of GI tract
• Panhypoproteinemia
• Unexplained GI bleeding

Possible diagnoses
• GI lymphoma
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Foreign body
• Lymphangiectasia
• Hiatal hernia
• Bleeding ulcers

Diagnostics to be completed within 30 days of the procedure (diagnostics taken outside this time frame may need to be repeated)
• 3 view thoracic radiographs

Diagnostics to be completed within 7 days of the procedure (diagnostics taken outside this time frame may need to be repeated)
• Full serum chemistries including electrolytes (Superchem) and UA
• Full CBC with platelet count
• Coagulation profile-PT/PIVKA and PTT
• All diagnostic results must be made available to VICSD 24 hours prior to the procedure to allow for review
• If indicated, additional diagnostics through the RDVM will be discussed prior to endoscopy

What you will receive
• Verbal and written report of the results of the endoscopy on the day of the procedure
• Biopsy samples saved in formalin to be submitted to the lab/pathologist of your choice
• Cytology samples occasionally provided
• Follow-up consultation with the internal medicine specialist to discuss further diagnostic and therapeutic steps



Qualifications: BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons), DACVIM (SAIM)

A native of the UK, Dr. Suzanne Fincham-Gray graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2000. She then ventured across the pond to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Board certified since 2004, she practiced in Baltimore, MD for two years before moving to the West Coast. She has been practicing internal medicine in the San Diego area since 2005, and has served as a chapter representative on the Board of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.

She has lectured on numerous topics, and has published multiple articles for the local veterinary press. Her special interests include immune-mediated disease, and gastroenterology. She is additionally a consultant for Antech Diagnostics. Outside of the hospital Dr. Fincham-Gray enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as the furry members of her family!

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