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All About X-rays for Dogs

If your dog is experiencing symptoms that point to an internal issue, diagnostic imaging may be able to help provide us with a better look. Here, our Clinton Township vets share some information about X-rays for dogs and talk about how they can help our team diagnose various conditions.

What are X-rays used for?

X-rays are one of the most widely used veterinary diagnostic tools. X-rays can help vets get a view of your pet's bones, tissues, and internal organs so that they can diagnose issues such as broken bones, bladder stones, swallowing foreign objects, and more.

Using an X-ray, your vet can spot issues within your dog's body like broken bones, tumors, enlarged organs and more. This can help diagnose various conditions and diseases like cancer.

A detailed view of organs, tissues, and ligaments cannot be obtained using X-ray technology. If you are looking for a more detailed view of the soft tissues within your pet's body then the vet may recommend an MRI or ultrasound.

An X-ray of a pregnant dog can also help you to prepare for the birth of puppies by allowing you to know how many puppies your dog is expecting, as well as whether or not your dog will be in need of intervention during delivery such as undergoing a c-section.

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Do I need to prepare my dog for their X-ray?

X-rays and other imaging techniques are most commonly used after an accident or serious trauma. Because of this, you will not need to prepare your dog in any way for an X-ray. Once your vet has determined that an X-ray is the best option for diagnosing your pet they will share information about the process as well as what they will be looking for on the X-ray image.

Will my dog need to be sedated to have an X-ray?

Each dog reacts differently to the X-ray procedure, with some dogs becoming frightened. If this is the case for your dog then your vet may recommend having your pup sedated for the X-ray. Sedation may also be used in cases where your dog is experiencing a great deal of pain or if they are moving around too much.

Other reasons why sedation may be used during your pup's X-ray include if the dog's muscles need to be relaxed in order to get a clear image, or when the X-ray is of the skull, teeth or spine.

Are X-rays safe for dogs?

The use of X-rays as a diagnostic tool is irreplaceable and while this diagnostic test requires radiation, the levels are low enough that it is deemed safe for pets. X-rays are also quicker than some other diagnostic tests like MRIs, making them more efficient in getting your dog in and back again sooner.

If you would like to speak in detail about the safety of your pet during their X-ray please talk to your vet. Your veterinarian can answer your questions and give you an understanding of the risks versus the benefits in your dog's particular case so that you can decide whether you want your dog to have an X-ray. 

What is the cost of X-ray imaging for dogs?

If your dog needs an X-ray the cost will vary depending on several different factors including the qualifications of the vet, the location, what services your dog needs, if any medications or additional diagnostics are used and more. If you are concerned about the cost of your pup's X-rays, ask your vet for an estimate before proceeding. They can also break down each of the associated costs to help you gain a better understanding of your bill.

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.

If your dog is scheduled for an upcoming X-ray or other diagnostic test and you have questions about the procedure, please contact our Clinton Township vets.

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