Equine Gastroscopy

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a frequently underdiagnosed condition that is the root of many performance problems in all equine disciplines. While clinical signs can be very telling, the only true diagnosis is via simple gastroscopy. Passage of a special camera allows us to fully evaluate the lining of tall parts of the stomach, duodenum, and esophagus for ulceration, as well as other problems. Only then can suspicions be confirmed.

By ruling out ulcers, we can prevent unnecessary treatment and costs and look elsewhere for problems. For horses found to have ulcers, the most appropriate treatment protocol targeting specific areas of the stomach can be initiated with confidence. Avon is home to one of the few gastroscopes in Nova Scotia. Our gastroscope enables us to take video and still images for clients to review digitally. For your convenience, our facility allows for complete and hassle-free overnight fasting prior to the procedure, at no extra charge.


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Last updated: April 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital