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Veterinarian X-Ray Services

Erin Steeves

Veterinarians use digital x-rays as a diagnostic tool. Images that are captured can reveal inflammation, tumors, fractures, and more. Dogs and cats occasionally endure an x-ray imaging session, upon the request of their primary veterinarian.

X-Ray Use And Safety

X-rays are used to determine internal injuries or ailments that cannot be detected with the naked eye. Radiation is used during an imaging session. The amount of radiation that is emitted will likely not be harmful to a pet. Some types of imaging may not be captured with the use of an x-ray. A veterinarian will determine a pet's body weight and the location where further testing needs to be performed.

Because dense tissue may absorb the x-ray beams that are emitted, a veterinarian may recommend that another type of imaging application is performed, if it is likely that an x-ray image will not be able to be captured through an x-ray device. An ultrasound machine or a digital scanning device may be used instead.


A pet's veterinarian will consult with a pet owner, prior to administering an x-ray procedure. During a routine office visit, a veterinarian may outline some steps that they would like to take to diagnose a condition. A pet can remain awake during an x-ray procedure. The entire procedure won't take long to complete and will not be painful to dogs or cats. If a pet is trained to sit calmly, a veterinarian will be able to capture the images they need to make a diagnosis.

If a pet is scared or exhibits signs that are indicative of them not being able to sit still during an x-ray session, a veterinarian may recommend that the pet is sedated. Sedating a pet will not cause any harm. It will simply make a pet feel very relaxed and will allow a veterinarian to conduct an x-ray imaging session. The sedative that is administered will wear off, soon after the x-ray session is over.

Digital x-ray equipment is featured in many veterinarians' offices. This type of equipment provides clear images within minutes. A pet owner will be able to consult with a veterinarian at the end of their pet's appointment. A vet will review the x-rays with a pet owner. They will outline the diagnosis that they have determined. The vet will also provide details about any medical treatments or medications that a pet may need in the immediate future. 

For more information, contact a local veterinarian


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