Depending on the reason for your pet’s visit, we may recommend diagnostic imaging or X-rays. X-rays are a non-invasive way to look inside the body and can help determine the cause of an injury or illness or confirm a diagnosis. X-rays use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight the structures within. These images can then show many abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease.
At Hamlin Animal Hospital we have the latest in Ultra High Definition Digital X-Ray technology, which provides some of the highest quality images available. Not only does it give us exceptional images for better diagnostics, but it also reduces radiation exposure.
Common Questions to have when your pet needs x-rays:
Is it safe?
While the use of x-rays is generally considered safe for dogs, radiation is involved, so x-rays are typically used only as needed as a diagnostic tool. We aim to expose your pet to the least radiation possible while getting the images that are needed.
Can I come back and be with my pet while they are having the x-rays taken?
The short answer is no, you cannot be with your pet during x-rays. One of the many reasons is that all individuals present during an x-ray must go through training for radiation safety and have their radiation exposure levels monitored.
Will my pet need to be sedated?
During an x-ray, your pet needs to remain completely still. This keeps the image from turning out blurry and decreases the possibility that we would need to re-take an image and expose your pet to more radiation.
If your pet is calm, not in too much pain, and able to lay in a comfortable position while the x-ray is being taken, sedation will not be necessary.
On the other hand, if your pet is active, edgy, or in pain, sedation will be recommended so that we can obtain the best diagnostic images. Other reasons why sedation may be used include: if the dog’s muscles need to be relaxed to get a clear image, or when the x-ray is of the skull, teeth, or spine.
How can I help my dog prepare for having x-rays?
The most important thing for you, as the pet parent, to do is to have a relationship with a veterinarian that your pet is comfortable seeing. Because x-rays are most commonly taken when a pet is ill, and likely not feeling too well, it helps put them at ease to be able to visit a place with people that are as familiar to them as possible. While this is not always possible, we will do everything to make the experience as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
Hamlin Animal Hospital is proud to employ advanced imaging technologies for the benefit of our pet patients. If you have questions about how we can put such technologies to work for your best friend, give us a call at 407-872-7772 today!