Our practise is fully equipped to take radiographs (often called X-rays) of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, in particularl conditions involving bones, the chest or the abdomen.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?
Most of our patients are admitted into the clinic for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency where we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible and provide your pet with the greatest comfort for the procedure
Once the radiographs have been taken we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.
Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken?
When we (humans) have radiographs (X-rays) taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions. Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality radiographs required to diagnose their condition. Sedation or anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful diagnostic radiographs possible whilst reducing stress or pain at the time.