Intubation or gastro-endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure. Among others, gastric intubation (the passage of a tube through the mouth until the stomach) can be used to re-hydrate an animal (e.g. during molting, during a treatment, because of kidney problem or post-surgically) and to carry out stomach sampling (controlling the quality of the gastric fluid and digestion ability). Gastric endoscopy can be used to identify the presence and help in the removing of foreign objects.
With animals kept in zoological environment, whatever the precautions and information available, the ingestion of foreign bodies is an even more frequent eventuality. When anesthesia becomes necessary to control this, it can become a more delicate intervention.
It is absolutely possible to desensitize and train an animal to accept the introduction of a gastric tube, accept rehydration and move on to the introduction and manipulation of the flexible tube of an endoscope enabling, in case of necessity, to control for the presence or not of a foreign object, without the necessity of anesthesia.
MMVS can scope your sedated pinnipeds or restrained dolphins for foreign body identification, stomach control, bronchoscopy or BAL. MMVS works with different colleagues for foreign body removals or laparoscopy interventions.