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Radiology (X-rays) is a form of diagnostics that provides images. When your pet has a health problem, a veterinarian depends on diagnostics to understand what is happening inside their body. We use modern technology, such as digital radiology and a trained specialist, to interpret these results. These types of diagnostics are entirely painless and safe for your pet. Results are available to your veterinarian immediately and we often have a specialist report within 24hrs. 

What are X-rays?

During digital X-rays, electromagnetic radiation is used to create images that are shown on a computer. During the scan, radiation penetrates certain areas of the pet’s body. Because we use digital X-rays, the radiation exposure is low and your pet is very unlikely to develop any health issues.

Will my pet need anesthesia for the procedure?

Sedation or anesthesia is not always necessary for diagnostics. However, during an X-ray scan, your pet needs to remain still to get precise images, which means we may need to sedate them. Some pets get anxious at the vet and find it difficult to stay in one position. When your pet is squirmy or uncomfortable, we administer a short-acting sedative and this relaxes their muscles. Sedation also allows our technicians to be able to perform this task in a “hands free” manner which is safer for our staff that take multiple X-rays over the course of a day. 

When are ultrasounds and X-rays recommended?

X-rays provide information about your pet’s health that we would not know otherwise. We use X-rays to get valuable information about your pet’s bones, gastrointestinal system, heart, lungs, kidney, bladder, and prostate. X-rays can diagnose arthritis, cancer, and pneumonia and can monitor heart disease.

To schedule a diagnostic appointment for your pet, contact us at 416-535-8387.