VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona


Veterinary Gastroduodenoscopy

Gastroduodenoscopy refers to an examination of the inner surface of the
stomach and the initial portion of the small intestine (duodenum) using a flexible,
fiberoptic endoscope. In addition to visual inspection, gastroduodenoscopy provides the ability to obtain multiple biopsies from the lining of the small intestine and stomach.  Gastroduodenoscopy, therefore, provides an excellent tool in the diagnosis of multiple disorders of the intestinal system. Although general anesthesia is required, gastroduodenoscopy is generally a safe, non-surgical, non-painful
procedure. Most patients are discharged the same day that the procedure is performed.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a gastroduodenoscopy are:

1. Persistent vomiting
2. Persistent weight loss due to a small bowel disorder
3. Black, tarry stools (persistent melena)
4. Chronic diarrhea due to a small intestine disorder
5. Vomiting blood
6. Possible stomach or intestinal blockage
7. Inability to chew or swallow normally (dysphagia)
8. Removal of foreign matter from the stomach or esophagus
9. Placement of a feeding tube


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 at (480) 898-0001 or drive to our location at 1648 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201.


We have emergency doctors and staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays) to help you.

Common conditions we see on an emergency basis include (but are not limited to) vomiting and diarrhea, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, canine parvoviral enteritis (Parvo), complications from diabetes, pancreatitis, pneumonia, hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), anemia, coagulopathies (like Rat Bait Poisoning), intervertebral disk disease/paralysis, rattlesnake envenomation, heat stroke, urinary obstruction, toxicities, and various types of trauma.

We are located on the West side of Country Club between Brown and McKellips, 1 mile south of the Red Mountain Loop 202.

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona (VCA ARECA) opened in July 2004.  We are a state-of-the-art referral veterinary hospital supported by an in-house emergency veterinary hospital that is always open.  Our specialty veterinarians are board certified in Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology), Surgery, and Internal Medicine.