Radiographs, which are commonly known as X-rays, are used to evaluate injuries and conditions which require more than external examination. Radiology equipment gives us a non-evasive way to observe your pet’s internal physiology so that we can provide a more thorough and accurate diagnosis. Our veterinarians use radiographs to detect bone fractures, bladder stones, and tumors, soft tissue problems (those related to the heart, stomach, intestines, reproductive, and urinary systems) as well as to locate swallowed foreign objects such as toys or rocks.
The imaging procedure is completely painless and can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. Your veterinarian may administer a sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a dog or cat has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally.
- Your pet may have to be dropped off for the day if X-rays are necessary. However, we can often have X-rays taken immediately and have the information we need in urgent situations.
- Copies of X-rays can be burned onto a CD and viewed on any computer at the owner’s request.
In some cases, patients do need light sedation or general anesthesia. Your veterinarian will discuss this with you prior to the procedure taking place.