Some illnesses, such as heart conditions, are internal and require the use of x-rays to see. Today, our Wake Forest vets discuss what happens during an x-ray appointment for your dog and why it is useful.
X-rays For Dogs
X-rays are one of the most useful and common diagnostic tools in both human and veterinary healthcare. Internal systems are difficult to diagnose as we cannot see their function without the help of specialized equipment. X-rays allow your vet to see what is happening inside of your pet's body.
X-rays are commonly used to spot tumors, broken bones, pregnancy, foreign objects, enlarged organs, and more. 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.
What should I do before an X-ray appointment?
X-rays are usually considered when an animal is brought in for other concerns or diagnostic testing and the veterinarian decides that X-Rays will also be beneficial. For that reason, no specific preparation is required. Your vet will examine your pet, then if an X-ray is required, your vet will take the time to discuss what to expect with you as well as what they will be looking for.
Are dogs always sedated for X-rays?
If your dog is relaxed and not experiencing excessive pain, your vet may lay them n a comfortable position while the X-ray is being taken. If this is the case then sedation will not be required for your pet.
However, if your dog is unsettled, anxious, or in pain, sedation may be recommended. If your vet requires that your pup's muscles be relaxed in order to get a clear image they may also recommend sedation.
How safe are X-rays for dogs?
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. The level of radiation is low enough that it can safely be used on pet's that are pregnant or very young.
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 that you can decide whether you want your dog to move forward with the procedure.
What is the cost of X-rays for dogs?
The cost of x-rays for your dog will be decided by a variety of factors such as your pet, any additional equipment or medication that was used, as well as other factors. Please contact your vet if you would like to know more about the cost associated with X-rays.
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.