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Ultrasound and X-ray for Pets

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From time to time, your pet will need diagnostic testing to assess their overall health. Ultrasounds and X-rays are recommended to closely examine their internal systems and organs. Both methods are safe for your pet and administered by our knowledgeable and highly trained team. 

Why do pets need ultrasounds/X-rays? 

When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use diagnostic imaging like X-rays and ultrasounds to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible health issues or provide a list of potential causes. We also use them during a wellness exam to diagnose health issues in their early stages before they become serious. X-rays are often used during dental procedures to ensure your pet receives a thorough examination and cleaning. 

Which body parts are you able to see? 

X-rays and ultrasounds provide valuable information about a pet’s pregnancy, bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We often use diagnostic imaging on its own or along with other diagnostic tools. Depending on the body part we’re examining, your pet may need to fast before their appointment to help us get the best picture of the area. Our veterinary team will provide detailed instructions on preparing for your pet’s X-ray or ultrasound. 

Will my pet be affected by radiation during an X-ray?

We offer digital radiology, which are X-rays captured digitally rather than on film. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional X-rays. To avoid a blurry image, pets must remain completely still while taking an X-ray. Sometimes, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia. If you have questions about our diagnostic imaging procedures, please contact us at 204-346-1429.

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