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.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?
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.
Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, 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 take the best quality radiographs possible.