X-rays

Our hospital is fully-equipped with a digital x-ray machine to take detailed x-rays (radiographs) of your pet.

Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case, and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires x-rays.

X-rays are very important to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have x-rays taken, unless it is an emergency in which case we may take them immediately.

We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality x-rays possible.

Once the x-rays have been taken, we'll discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet, and we can show you the x-ray images.

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have x-rays taken?

When we have x-rays taken, the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions.

Most pets would never stay still enough, and in the correct position, for us to take the high-quality x-rays required to diagnose their condition.

Sedation or anaesthesia allows us to achieve the best quality and most useful x-rays possible.