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X-ray and Ultrasound

X-rays and ultrasounds allow us to see many things we would not otherwise know about our dogs. They can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones. Radiographs and ultrasounds are one of the best tools we can use to help diagnose a dog’s medical issues. Being that our pets cannot directly tell us what a problem may be, having these tests performed is often helpful in offering up a clearer picture of the problem, so our veterinary team can come up with the appropriate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.

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How do you use x-ray and radiology services at your clinic?

Radiography for your dog is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young dogs can undergo radiography. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of your pet’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions, such as kidney, heart, or liver disease, can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of your cat or dog’s organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumours, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

The use of ultrasound is often needed to evaluate conditions in your dog in which x-rays are unable to detect. As with radiography, it is painless, safe and completely non-invasive. The ultrasound machine sends out sound waves which are then turned into a live picture, where the ultrasonographer can evaluate organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart. Since it is a live moving picture, even blood flow through the heart can be evaluated. We are able to offer ultrasound services on-site. If you feel like your dog has a problem that could benefit from x-rays or ultrasounds, please contact West Hill Animal Clinic and speak with one of our healthcare professionals.

How do you prepare your dog for their x-ray appointment?

Depending on the reason for having an x-ray or ultrasound, your dog’s preparation may vary. Sometimes, your dog may need to be sedated in order to get optimal images to diagnose your dog’s symptoms. Your veterinarian will inform you if you need to fast your dog prior to their appointment.

How much do dog x-ray examinations cost?

Cost of radiographs depend on your dog’s symptoms and the number of radiographs that are necessary to take to diagnose their symptoms.

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