Paws in the City is fully equipped in-house with any diagnostic tests your pet might need. As we have our own X-Ray equipment we are able to offer a fast, reliable method to help us diagnose, monitor, and treat medical conditions. The faster the diagnosis, the quicker your pets’ path is to recovery!
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X-ray beams pass through some tissues but will be blocked by others. This helps to create an image where soft tissues appear grey, air appears black, and more dense matter such as bone and metal will appear white.
Taking an x-ray on an animal is a non-invasive procedure in itself. However, sedation tends to be used in order to reduce the animal’s anxiety. It can also help to reduce any pain experienced by the animal if the injured area needs to be maneuvered to be viewable on the x-ray images. Sedation also ensures that the pet does not need to be further restrained and helps to achieve much clearer imagery than if the pet was moving around.
Here at Paws in the City, we use digital X-rays which produce extremely high-quality images. These digital images can quickly be viewed as there is no need to print them onto film.
The speed at which they can be produced is also very helpful if there is an emergency, as it allows the vet to investigate the internal tissues and make a diagnosis.
They also help to reduce our impact on the environment, as chemicals are not required to produce the imagery, and there are no physical copies that may eventually need to be disposed of.
The digital aspect of the x-rays also allows us to easily share the imagery with specialists if further investigation is required.
Any of the presenting issues listed below can be investigated using X-rays:
- Orthopaedic conditions, such as fractures, breaks, deformities, and lameness
- X-rays can be used to see changes in the size, shape, and location of tumours, cysts, and stones.
- Monitoring the health of the heart, lungs, and other organs
- Examining the pet's abdomen if it is showing signs of bloating, pain, vomiting, or diarrhoea
- Diagnosing and monitoring dental disorders
Since an x-ray is usually performed when a pet is brought in for an appointment and has a problem that needs to be looked at, there tends to be no need for preparation. However, if your pet is scheduled for an x-ray which requires anaesthetic, your veterinarian may suggest adjusting their eating regimen in the days leading up to the procedure.
Our veterinarians will check your pet and go over the x-ray process with you.
When used infrequently as a diagnostic tool, x-rays are completely safe for your pets, just like they are for humans. X-ray use involves some radiation, but since only very high doses can be harmful, it is not a concern when used occasionally.
Please contact one of our vets if you have any questions about the use of x-ray imaging on your pet. They can go over the process, risks, and advantages that are relevant to your pet's particular situation.