VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital


Veterinary Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is performed after a complete diagnostic work-up and therapeutic plan
have failed to resolve problems linked to the lower intestine. To perform colonoscopy,
the patient is anesthetized and a flexible fiberoptic endoscope is passed into the colon.  Air, passed through the scope, increases the view within the colon. Biopsies can be obtained by passing an instrument through an opening in the scope. Colonoscopy provides a valuable, non-surgical means to diagnose large bowel disorders. To perform colonoscopy, it is important that the colon be clean of fecal matter so that the surface of the colon can be visualized.  This often requires withholding food for 24 to 48 hours and giving your pet a solution to drink which 'cleanses'� the colon. Warm-water enemas may also be used to clear the colon. Most patientsare discharged the same day of the procedure.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a colonoscopy are:

1. Chronic diarrhea
2. Blood in the stool (persistent hematochezia)
3. Study of a growth in the colon or rectum
4. Straining during defecation (persistent tenesmus)
5. Excessive mucus in the stool
6. Stools of significantly decreased or narrowed size


Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery

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 come right in. We are available and have doctors and technicians in the building waiting to help you and your pet 24 hours a day.

As pet parents ourselves, we understand when there is a concern about your pet, waiting can be excruciating. That is why we are here for you 24 hours a day. There is no question, concern, or problem too small so don't hesitate to contact us or come right in!

*Please note that between the hours of 9pm and 7am, our front doors are locked for security. Please ring the door bell and a staff member will come to the door and assist you.