X-rays are a key tool for diagnosing conditions of a dog's bones and internal organs. Today, our Oakland vets discuss what you should know about X-rays for dogs.
X-Rays for Your Dog
When it comes to both human and veterinary healthcare X-rays are one of the most frequently used and helpful diagnostic tools. X-rays let us evaluate your dog's internal systems and uncover information that might not be seen with the naked eye.
X-rays can detect pregnancy, broken bones, tumors, enlarged organs, foreign objects, and more. In cases where a detailed view of tissues, ligaments, and organs can't be obtained with X-ray technology other diagnostic imaging techniques such as an MRI and Ultrasound may be more beneficial.
Preparing for Your Dog's X-Ray Appointment
Often an X-ray is done when the animal is brought in to have an issue looked at by the vet or for another diagnostic test. For that reason, no specific preparation is required. Your vet will examine your pet, then if an X-ray is required, they will take some time to explain the procedure and what they will be looking for.
In some situations, sedation will be needed to take a clear X-ray. If your dog is calm and isn't suffering from too much pain, and can lie down in a comfortable position while your vet is taking the X-ray, sedation won't be required.
But, your vet will recommend sedation if your dog is in pain, anxious, or won't settle down. Your vet may also suggest sedation if they need your pet's muscles to be relaxed to capture a clear image.
Safety of X-Rays for Dogs
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to conduct X-rays is very low, it's even safe to take X-rays of pregnant dogs.
If you're concerned about the use of X-ray technology or the potential sedation required, speak with your veterinarian. They will help give you an understanding of the risks versus the benefits in your dog's particular case, so you will be able to decide whether you want your dog to undergo the procedure.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.