Our hospital is fully-equipped to take x-rays (radiographs) of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires x-rays. X-rays are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
What happens to pets when they are booked in for x-rays?
Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have x-rays taken, unless it's an emergency. 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 quality x-rays.
Once the x-rays have been taken, we'll 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 x-rays taken?
When humans have radiographs taken, the radiographer asks people to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions. Most pets would never keep still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality x-rays required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful x-rays possible.