Radiography is a simple, painless and non-invasive procedure that uses x-rays to produce images of region of the body such as the skeleton, thorax and abdomen. Radiographs often complement the information provided by a cardiac or abdominal ultrasound examination.
You will need to make an appointment for your pet to have radiographs taken – they may need to be admitted to the hospital for up to a few hours, but may remain for the day if necessary.
To prepare your pet for their x-ray examination, please do not feed your pet after 8 pm the night before the procedure. Water is permitted. Patients are normally lightly sedated to help them relax and allow proper positioning for the radiographs to be obtained without stress. If your pet is painful or anxious, sedation is a necessity. For x-raying some regions of the skeleton such as the spine, or if fractures are suspected, general anaesthesia may be required. The medications used for sedation or anaesthesia are very safe and tailored to your pet – your veterinarian will inform us if there are any contraindications.