Radiography(x-ray)

Both our hospitals are fully equipped to take radiographs (often called X-rays) of your pet. Our Dubbo hospital has a portable digital X-ray machine that enables us to take instant pictures either at the clinic or out in the field. Digital X-rays enable us to produce clearer and more acurate views to help diagnosis and treatments for patients.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. X-rays are 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 x-rays?
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’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 take the best quality x-rays possible.

Once the x-rays have been taken 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 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 lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality x-rays required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible.