Your Local Vet Clinic and Animal Hospital
4213 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton AB

4213 Calgary Trail NW

Edmonton AB, T6J 5P4

(587) 557-2210

Your Local Vet Clinic and Animal Hospital

X-Ray Services For Cats and Dogs

We offer X-ray services for cats and dogs. We have ability to refer radiographs to a board certified radiologist if needed.

We are a locally owned, full-service canine and feline animal hospital and vet clinic on Gateway Blvd in Edmonton, Alberta. You can learn more about our team and reach us 7 Days a week by giving a call or text

What are X Ray Services For Cats And Dogs

X-ray services for cats and dogs, commonly referred to as veterinary radiography, are crucial diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. These services provide detailed images of an animal’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas of the body. This non-invasive technique helps veterinarians diagnose and monitor various conditions, including fractures, tumors, heart diseases, and foreign object ingestion, among others.

How It Works

An X-ray machine directs a small amount of radiation through your pet’s body. The images produced show different levels of opacity for different tissues, with bones appearing white due to their high density, soft tissues appearing in shades of gray, and air appearing black. This contrast helps in identifying abnormalities or diseases.

Benefits of Veterinary X-rays

  • Rapid Diagnosis: X-rays can quickly provide vital information about a pet’s condition, allowing for timely treatment decisions.
  • Non-Invasive: X-rays do not require entering the body, making them a less invasive diagnostic tool compared to surgery.
  • Versatility: They can be used to examine various body parts and diagnose a wide range of conditions, from bone fractures to detecting foreign objects.
  • Monitoring: X-rays are valuable for monitoring the progress of a disease or the healing of a bone fracture.

Limitations and Considerations

  • Detail: While X-rays are excellent for viewing bones and certain body structures, they may not provide enough detail for soft tissue conditions, which may require more advanced imaging techniques like MRI or CT scans.
  • Radiation Exposure: Although the level of radiation exposure from a single X-ray is generally low, minimizing exposure is crucial, especially for pets requiring multiple images. Veterinary clinics use protective measures to limit exposure to pets and staff.
  • Anesthesia Risks: The use of sedation or anesthesia is safe for most pets but carries inherent risks, especially for animals with certain health conditions. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s health and discuss any concerns prior to the procedure.

Preparation and Procedure For X Ray

Preparation for an X-ray may vary depending on the area being examined. In some cases, pets need to be fasting for several hours before the procedure. Sedation or anesthesia may be required, especially if the pet is in pain, anxious, or needs to be positioned in a specific way for a clear image. The procedure itself is quick and painless, but the need for sedation or anesthesia means that there might be some risk involved, depending on the health status of the pet.

Aftercare and Results Interpretation

After an X-ray, if sedation or anesthesia was used, pets might need a short period to recover under the supervision of veterinary staff. The veterinarian will interpret the X-ray images to diagnose any conditions or to plan further diagnostic procedures or treatments. Depending on the findings, additional tests or imaging (like ultrasounds or CT scans) may be recommended.

Cost For X Ray Services for Cats And Dogs

The cost of veterinary X-ray services can vary widely depending on the location, the type of X-ray, the need for sedation or anesthesia. It’s important to discuss the potential costs with your local veterinarianFor more information regarding x-ray services for your pet, please call or text Gateway Vet Clinic Edmonton. 

Discussing with Your Veterinarian:

Before proceeding with X-rays, have a detailed discussion with your veterinarian about:

  • The Reason for the X-ray: Understand why the X-ray is recommended and what conditions it can help diagnose or monitor.
  • Preparation and Procedure: Learn about any specific preparations needed for your pet and what the procedure will entail.
  • Risks and Benefits: Discuss the benefits of obtaining the X-ray and any potential risks, including the use of sedation or anesthesia.
  • Costs: Inquire about the cost of the X-ray, including any additional fees for sedation, contrast mediums, or follow-up care and applicable insurance coverage