VCA Aurora Animal Hospital


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


Internal Medicine

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 or simply come right over.  We are open 24 hours/day 7 days per week - 365 days a year.  Call ahead if you will need assistance in getting your pet into our facility.