Radiology (X-rays)

Getting to know your pet from the inside out

Radiographs are routinely used as a diagnostic tool. They provide us with valuable information about your pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). They can be used to assist the doctor to identify and/or rule out any possible causes for your loved one’s ailment.

As an x-ray beam passes through a patient’s body, the beams are absorbed in different quantities by different types of tissues. Images on radiographic film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Light areas such as bone absorb more x-rays then darker areas such as lungs. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.

We are equipped to perform x-rays on all animals from birds and reptiles to our larger furry friends. Some patients, depending on their discomfort level or co-operation, may require general anesthesia. Each patient is assessed and the doctor will discuss any concerns prior to the procedure. The films are developed in clinic with our state of the art automatic processor. Our exam rooms are equipped with x-ray viewers so the doctor can discuss any findings with you.