Small camera revolutionizing veterinary technology

A tiny capsule with four cameras inside is revolutionizing veterinary technology, and helped a sick Arlington, Washington dog.

“Sparky” Sorensen started vomiting a month ago. First, his owners took him to an emergency clinic.

“A week later, same thing,” said Lori Sorensen.

The second time, they took him to his regular vet.

X-rays showed nothing, and neither did blood work. Pills only helped for a few days.

“Like a sick kid,” Sorensen said. “I’d sit up with him, sit on the floor with him, because he was in pain.”

Normally, the option for Sparky would be anesthesia and endoscopy, which is a tube with a camera that veterinarians push through the digestive tract.

But that’s not how vets got video of Sparky’s insides.

“The camera can handle about 18 hours of video,” explained Dr. Jeff Mayo.

Dr. Mayo is one of the first vets in the country to use the technology.

Sparky swallowed it and his owners kept their eye out the next day.

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