VCA All-Care Animal Referral Center

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy and Tracheoscopy

Tracheoscopy is the endoscopic study of the trachea and bronchoscopy is the
endoscopic evaluation of the primary airways in the lungs. In most cases a small, short flexible scope is used to perform the study. Samples for culture and analysis can be obtained through the bronchoscope using either a fluid lavage technique (the flushing and retrieval of sterile fluid) or a sterile brush. Foreign matter can be identified and often removed. Samples of airway growths can be obtained with biopsy instruments. In larger dogs, the scope can be passed down the throat without disruption of anesthesia or oxygen. Bronchoscopy requires little patient preparation outside of withholding food the morning of the scheduled procedure. Most patients are discharged the same day that the procedure is performed.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a bronchoscopy/tracheoscopy are:


1. Persistent coughing
2. Study and removal of foreign matter in the trachea and lungs
3. To obtain biopsies from the trachea or major airways
4. To aid in the diagnosis of a collapsed trachea or lung
5. To obtain samples for testing and sensitivity when pneumonia is suspected
6. To determine the location of a tear in the trachea
 

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

We are conveniently located a few minutes from where the 405 and 55 meet at 18440 Amistad Street in Fountain Valley, CA.

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