What is a Rhinoscopy?

Question: 

My veterinarian wants to send my dog to a specialist for a rhiniscopy. What is that?

 

Answer: 

A rhinoscopy is frequently performed for dogs and cats with unexplained nasal discharge or changes in upper respiratory sounds.  This procedure involves using an endoscope to look into your pet’s nose and also to take biopsies. Foreign bodies, tumors, fungal disease and allergic disease can all be diagnosed or treated with a rhinoscopy procedure. Your pet will be anesthetized and can generally go home the same day. If there were biopsies taken your pet many have a slight discharge from its nose for a few hours after going home.