Dog X-ray and Ultrasound
At College Manor Veterinary Hospital, we use our in-house digital x-ray and ultrasound diagnostic tools to further investigate problems your pet may be experiencing. If your pets are one who likes to eat things they shouldn’t, an x-ray can help us see if there are any obstructions in the intestinal tract. Dr. Bruch uses our x-ray system quite a bit to help him confirm his diagnosis of orthopedic injuries. X-rays can also be helpful in diagnosing pneumonia, heart failure, tumours, etc. We also have a digital dental x-ray system which helps us to gain a clear and detailed assessment of a pet’s dental issues allowing us to provide the best care possible. All of our x-rays are digital, so there is no film to develop, the quality of the images cannot be surpassed, and this also allows us to share images with other veterinary specialists when the need arises.
How do you use x-ray and radiology services at your clinic?
X-rays play an integral part in the diagnosis of many disease processes in our pets. We use them to help diagnose issues of the bone and joints, cardiovascular and lung problems, abnormalities of the internal organs as well as dental disease in our animal companions.
How do you prepare your dog for their x-ray or ultrasound appointment?
Most pets do not require sedation for an x-ray or ultrasound evaluation. On some occasions, though, depending on a particular pet’s case or their personality, sedation may be required to allow a calm and stress-free appointment. We typically recommend fasting before all x-ray appointments, so we can facilitate getting the information we require in one visit vs having the pet come back in for a second visit if sedation is in fact required.
How much do dog x-ray or ultrasound examinations cost?
The cost for x-ray depends on many different factors from the number of radiograph views needed, the occasional need for contrast agents to enhance the x-ray, whether we require sedation to facilitate getting some good quality images etc. The same applies for and ultrasound. One of our veterinarians will formulate and discuss an individualized treatment plan for each specific patient depending on their needs.