In this blog, our Los Angeles County vets will walk you through how X-rays help diagnose bone and organ issues in dogs.
X-Rays for Your Dog
When it comes to both human and veterinary healthcare, X-rays are one of the most frequently used and helpful 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.
Preparing for Your Dog's X-Ray Appointment
Sometimes, when you take your pet to the vet for a check-up or other tests, the vet might need to do an X-ray. You don't need to do anything special beforehand. Your vet will first check your pet, and then, if necessary, they'll explain the X-ray process and what they're trying to find.
Sometimes, your dog may need sedation for a clear X-ray. If your dog is calm and comfortable, sedation is not necessary.
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.
Safety of X-Rays for Dogs
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.
Cost of a Dog X-Ray
The cost of your dog's X-rays depends on several factors, such as where they're being taken, your dog's size, whether sedation is needed, your location, the vet you're going to, and more. Your vet gives you an estimated cost for the X-Ray before they do it.
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.