Diagnostic imaging tools allow your vet to gain valuable insight into the internal structures and functions of your pet. Here, our Egg Harbor Township vets talk about what to expect during your dog's X-ray and how they can help diagnose and treat various conditions and diseases.
X-Rays for Your Dog
In our veterinary clinic, X-rays are one of the most commonly used diagnostic tools. X-rays let us evaluate your dog's internal systems and uncover information that might not be seen with the naked eye.
X-rays can detect pregnancy, broken bones, tumors, enlarged organs, foreign objects, and more. In cases where a detailed view of tissues, ligaments, and organs can't be obtained with X-ray technology other diagnostic imaging techniques such as an MRI and Ultrasound may be more beneficial.
How to Prepare Your Dog For an X-Ray
Much of the time, your dog will already be at our clinic for another reason when we decide to perform an X-ray. For that reason, no specific preparation is required. Your vet will examine 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.
Sedation for Safer, More Accurate X-Rays
Sometimes a dog may require sedation to help keep them still for the X-ray process. If your dog is calm, isn't suffering from too much pain, and can lie down in a comfortable position while your vet is taking the X-ray, sedation won't be required.
But, your vet will recommend sedation if your dog is in pain, anxious, or won't settle down. Your vet may also suggest sedation if they need your pet's muscles to be relaxed to capture a clear image.
X-Rays for Dogs: Safety
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to conduct X-rays is very low, it's even safe to take X-rays of pregnant dogs.
If you're concerned about the use of X-ray technology or the potential sedation required, speak with your veterinarian. They will help give you an understanding of the risks versus the benefits in your dog's particular case, so you will be able to decide whether you want your dog to undergo the procedure.
Dog X-Ray: Cost
If your dog needs an X-ray, the cost will depend on a number of factors including the area being X-rayed, your dog's size, if sedation was used, your location, the vet you are seeing, and more. Speak with your vet to learn more about what the estimate includes and what the specific cost may be for your dog.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.