What can x-rays help vets diagnose?
X-rays are one of the most helpful and frequently used tools in both human health care and veterinary healthcare. X-rays can help veterinarians get a view of your pet's bones, tissues, and internal organs. This helps them diagnose issues such as broken bones, bladder stones, swallowed foreign objects, and much more.
X-ray images can help vets to spot some tumors, pregnancy, and enlarged organs which may lead to a diagnosis such as heart disease or cancer.
A detailed view of organs, tissues, and ligaments cannot be obtained using x-ray technology. In these cases, other diagnostic imaging such as MRI and Ultrasound is more beneficial.
How can I prepare my dog for their x-ray appointment?
Oftentimes, an x-ray is done when your dog is brought in to have an issue looked at by the veterinarian. For that reason, no preparation is required. Your vet will assess your pet, then if an x-ray is required, they will take some time to explain the procedure and what they will be looking for.
Will my dog be sedated when they have their x-ray?
Sedation is sometimes required in order to get a clear x-ray. If your dog is calm, not in too much pain, and able to lay in a comfortable position while the x-ray is being taken, sedation will not be necessary.
On the other hand, if your dog is squirmy, edgy, or in pain, the vet will likely suggest sedation. Other reasons why vets may suggest sedation during your dog’s x-ray include: if the dog's muscles need to be relaxed to get a clear image, or if the x-ray is of the skull, teeth or spine.
Are x-rays safe for dogs?
While x-rays are generally considered safe for dogs, radiation is involved. So, x-rays are typically used only occasionally and generally as a diagnostic tool.
In some instances, veterinarians will use x-ray technology to glean information about a dog's pregnancy; however, other forms of imaging, such as ultrasound, could be used in these cases.
If you're concerned about the use of x-ray technology and your dog's health, speak to your vet. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an understanding of the risks versus the benefits in your dog's particular case so that you can decide whether you want your dog to have an x-ray.
How much will my dog's x-rays cost?
There are several factors that will dictate the cost of your dog's x-rays. These include the size of your dog, the area being examined, whether we need to use sedation, the type of clinic, where your veterinary clinic is located, and more. If you are concerned about the cost of your dog’s x-rays, ask your vet for an estimate before proceeding.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.