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What to Expect When You Take Your Dog For an X-Ray

If your dog needs to undergo an X-ray diagnostic test, also known as a radiograph, you may want to know what to expect during the appointment. Our vets in Ankeny] will guide you through the process, including what to expect during your dog's X-ray exam, what the results can diagnose, and any potential risks associated with the test.

What Can X-rays Help Vets Diagnose?

X-rays are a common diagnostic tool used in both human and veterinary healthcare. They are highly useful as they allow veterinarians to see the internal organs, tissue, and bones of your dog, making it possible to diagnose issues that would be otherwise invisible.

Some of these issues include broken bones, bladder stones, and foreign objects that your dog may have ingested. Additionally, X-rays can help your veterinarian detect tumors, pregnancies, and enlarged organs, all of which can lead to helpful diagnoses and treatments to restore your pet's health. 

However, X-rays have limitations. They cannot produce detailed views of soft internal structures such as ligaments and other tissues. Additionally, they are not capable of providing real-time images of your dog's internal processes.

For these purposes, other diagnostic imaging technologies like MRI and Ultrasound are more beneficial.

How Can I Prepare My Dog For Their X-ray Appointment?

An X-ray is typically performed when a pet owner brings their dog in for an examination due to a medical issue. As a result, no specific preparation is required for your dog to undergo the procedure.

Once you and your pet arrive at the veterinary clinic, your vet will examine your canine and determine if an X-ray is necessary to diagnose the problem. They will then guide you through the procedure step by step.

Will My Dog Be Sedated When They Have Their X-ray?

Sedation is only sometimes required for x-ray diagnostic tests. If your dog is calm, able to lay comfortably on its side, and isn't in too much pain, sedation won't be necessary to get a clear X-ray picture.

However, if your dog is in pain, edgy, or squirming a lot, your vet won't be able to get a clear picture. In this case, they will recommend sedation. Your dog may also need to be sedated if the specific X-ray being taken requires the muscles to be relaxed or if it is being done on your pet's spine, skull, or teeth.

Are X-rays Safe For Dogs?

X-rays are generally safe for dogs, but they involve radiation, albeit in a small amount. Therefore, they are only used when necessary as a diagnostic tool. If your dog is pregnant, X-ray technology may be used to gather information, although ultrasound is usually preferred. 

If you have concerns about your dog undergoing an X-ray, you can talk to your vet. They will be happy to discuss the reasons for recommending it, answer any questions, and explain the risks and benefits of the procedure in your dog's specific case.

How Much Will My Dog's X-rays Cost?

There are many factors that can influence the cost of your dog's x-ray procedure. These factors include the specific area of your dog's body that needs to be x-rayed, the size of your dog, whether sedation is required, the type of veterinary clinic conducting the procedure, and the location of that clinic. If you are concerned about the cost of your pup's x-ray, it's best to talk to your vet 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. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog suffering from a condition or illness that might require an x-ray? Contact our vets in Ankeny today to book an appointment!

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