One of the most useful tests that we have available to help detect problems that are not upfront and obvious are pet x-rays. You will be glad to know that we are standing by whether you need a dog x-ray or a cat x-ray.
An x-ray is a safe procedure for your pets and can help us get fast answers to questions about what is going on inside your dog or cat. Your pet will be lightly sedated or may be put under general anesthesia, but we will have that discussion with your prior to the procedure.
We routinely x-ray the bones of the spine and limbs to check for bone abnormalities. Due to the soft tissue density of the ligaments and tendons of the joints can make it a challenge to analyze. But, we can look for abnormal swelling or cavities within the join to assess the issues.
We can also perform Dental radiographs to determine if certain teeth need to be extracted from your cat or dog. We can also detect abnormalities beneath the gum line, damage to tooth roots, tumors and abscesses.
Once your pet has been imaged with x-rays, a range of medical problems can be seen quickly. Examples include:
- Heart issues
- Lung problems
- Bladder disease, stones
- Kidney masses, stones, and size
- Abdominal injuries
- Abdominal foreign bodies
- Abdominal masses
- Orthopedic diseases
Unfortunately, you won’t be allowed to be present for an x-ray procedure due to the harmful x-rays. Our radiologists wear protective lead gear as well as your pet also being covered with a protective sheet on the areas not being radiographed.
If you suspect that your pet has a medical condition that may require radiology services, please get in touch with our office to determine diagnosis and treatment options when making an appointment for a consultation.