Our hospital is fully equipped to take digital radiographs (often called X-rays), and perform abdominal ultrasounds of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires either or obth of these procedures. Imaging is a very important tool 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 imaging?
Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have imaging perforfmed, unless it is an emergency and we’ll 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 obtain the best images.
Once the imaging is completed we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.
Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised for imaging?
When we have imaging performed the operater asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions. Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to obtain good quality images required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful images possible.