X-rays are an important diagnostic tool in the veterinary world, allowing vets to thoroughly examine and diagnose a variety of illnesses and concerns. Today, our Bonita Springs vets explain X-rays for dogs to shed some light on the diagnostic tool.
X-rays for Dogs
X-rays are one of the most helpful, and frequently used diagnostic tools in both human and veterinary healthcare. X-rays allow us to examine your pet's internal systems and reveal information that may not be visible to the naked eye.
X-rays can 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.
An X-ray of a pregnant dog can also help us to prepare for the birth of puppies by revealing how many your dog is expecting and whether a c-section may be required.
Preparing Your Dog for an X-ray Appointment
Often an X-ray is done when the animal is brought in to have an issue looked at by the vet or for another diagnostic test. For that reason, no specific preparation is required. Your vet will examine your pet, then if an X-ray is required, they will take some time to explain the procedure and what they will be looking for.
Sedation for Dog X-rays
Sedation is sometimes required to get a clear X-ray. If your dog is calm, not in too much pain, and able to lay in a comfortable position while the X-ray is being taken, sedation will not be necessary.
On the other hand, if your dog is unsettled, squirmy, anxious, or in pain, sedation may be recommended. If your vet requires that your pup's muscles be relaxed to get a clear image they may also recommend sedation.
Safeness of X-rays for Dogs
While X-rays are generally considered quite safe for dogs, there is radiation involved. Because of this, X-rays are only used occasionally and only as a diagnostic tool. In some cases, vets will use X-rays to gain information about a dog's pregnancy, but other kinds of imaging like ultrasound devices may be used in those cases.
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even X-rays of pregnant dogs are safe.
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.
There are a variety of factors that will dictate the cost of your dog's X-rays including the size of your pet, the area being X-rayed, whether sedation was used, the type of clinic, where your veterinary clinic is located, and more. Your vet will be able to give you an estimate of the procedure before moving ahead.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets.