Rhinoscopy Procedures


  • Rhinoscopy involves scoping of the nose and nasal sinuses in dogs and cats.
  • Rhinoscopy is often immediately preceded by advanced imaging such as computed tomography (CT scan) to aid in visualization and diagnosis.
  • The animal is placed under anesthesia and a rigid scope is run up each nasal passage.


  • Rhinoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic to further investigate nasal disease which leads to sneezing, nasal discharge, or nose bleeds.
  • Most commonly, no external incisions are required

Rhinoscopic Procedures

  • Rhinoscopy is an excellent modality for diagnosing (and potentially treating) nasal foreign bodies, nasal tumors, fungal disease, and inflammatory disease of the nose.
  • During the procedure biopsy and culture of the nasal tissues will often be obtained to aid in diagnosis using 2-4mm biopsies.

Post-Procedure Recovery

  • Typically the patient will need to stay one night following the procedure.
  • Minimal discomfort is associated with the procedure and the pet can resume normal activity following the procedure in most cases.