X-Rays for Dogs

If your pup is booked to have an x-ray appointment (also called a radiograph), you may be curious about how the appointment will work and how you can prepare yourself and your dog for it. Here, our South Wilton vets explain what you can expect when you bring your dog to us for an x-ray. 

What can dog x-rays help vets diagnose?

X-rays are one of the most helpful and one of the most frequently used diagnostic tools in healthcare—whether that be for humans or pets. X-rays can help your South Wilton vets to get a better view of your pet's internal; structures like bones and tissues as well as their internal organs in order to diagnose health issues like bladder stones, broken bones, swallowed foreign objects and 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.

An x-ray of a pregnant dog can also help use to prepare for the birth of puppies by revealing how many your dog is expecting and whether a c-section may be required. 

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How can I prepare for my dog's x-ray appointment?

An x-ray will often be done when an animal is brought in to have issues assessed by a veterinarian. Because of this, no preparation is required. Your vet will be able to examine your pet and then, if an x-ray is required, they will take some time to walk you through the procedure and what they will be looking for from it. 

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 pup is squirming, edgy or in pain, sedation may be recommended by your vet. Some other reasons why sedation may be advised during your pup's x-ray includes if your dog's muscles need to be relaxed in order to gain a clear image or when the ray is of their spine, skull or teeth.

Are x-rays safe for dogs?

While x-rays are generally considered quite safe for dogs, there is radiation involved. Because of this, x-rays are only used occasionally and only as a diagnostic tool. In some cases, vets will use x-rays to gain information about a dog's pregnancy, but other kinds of imaging like ultrasound devices may be used in those 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 many factors at play that may affect the cost of your dog's x-ray, including the size of your pet, the area being x-rayed and whether or not sedation was used. It may also be affected by the area your clinic is located and the kind of veterinary clinic it is. If you are worried about the cost of your dog's x-ray, ask your vet for an estimate before the procedure.

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.

If your dog requires emergency care during routine business hours, contact us as soon as possible. At South Wilton Veterinary Group, our team uses diagnostic image technologies like x-rays to provide your with quick and precise diagnosis. 

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