We are equipped to take radiographs (commonly called X-rays) of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs, which is an important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
Why does my pet need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken?
When we have radiographs taken, we are asked to keep perfectly still in unnatural positions. Pets generally don’t sit still in the position that we need them to for us to take a radiograph.
Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs in order to diagnose and treat the problem. It reduced the stress on the pet, it makes the task faster, and the pet can likely go home quicker.
How are radiographs made?
Taking a radiograph is very similar to taking a photo, except we use X-rays instead of light rays. Different tissues in the body absorb X-rays to differing degrees.
Once the radiographs have been taken, our veterinarians will show you the images and discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.