X-rays are important for checking a dog's bones and internal organs. In this blog, our Babcock Ranch vets explain the X-ray procedure for dogs and what you can expect.
X-Rays for Your Dog
X-rays are vital in both human and veterinary healthcare. They let us see inside your dog's body, releasing information not visible to the naked eye. X-rays can detect pregnancy, broken bones, tumors, and more. Sometimes, an MRI or ultrasound may be needed for a closer look at tissues and organs.
Preparing for Your Dog's 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; if an X-ray is required, they will take some time to explain the procedure and what they will be looking for.
If your dog is calm and, isn't suffering from too much pain, and can lie down in a comfortable position while your vet is taking the X-ray, sedation won't be required.
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 for dogs is safe and painless. 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 using 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 various factors, including the area examined, your dog's size, location, and whether sedation is used. Your vet can provide you with an estimate for the X-ray cost before proceeding with the procedure.
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 to accurately diagnose your pet's condition.