Our hospital is fully equipped to take radiographs (X-rays) of your pet should they be necessary to assist diagnosis and/or treatment. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs, which are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals—particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
At Rural Veterinary Services we have a digital X-ray machine which allows us to immediately visualise images on a computer screen. This technology also enables us to refer images to specialist veterinarians, if required.
Although sedation is often not required for radiographic procedures, some level of sedation/anaesthesia may be required if your pet becomes anxious or is unable to remain still. It is important that your pet is able to be positioned correctly and remain still during the radiographic procedure to enable the best quality X-rays to be produced.
In some instances general anaesthesia may be needed and will require your pet to have been fasted for a 12 hour period. General anaesthesia is often needed in order to perform stress X-rays to assess ligament integrity or to perform x-rays of the head and mouth.